Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Route: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 23rd July 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance:  3.0 miles

Ascent: 100 feet

Weather: Sunny and hot

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is a World Heritage Site and makes for a wonderful visit, especially when combined with a walk. There are various possible routes, as the estate contains numerous paths both within the grounds and around the perimeter. There was only sufficient time to stroll round the site of the Abbey and the water gardens today. For longer walks which feature this place visit the Search Walks page and search ‘Fountains Abbey’

After passing through the Visitor Centre entrance (entry is free to members of the National Trust) I made my way to nearby Fountains Abbey, which has a long and interesting history dating back to 1132. After wandering around the atmospheric ruins for a while I strolled along the De Grey’s Walk beside the River Skell to the adjacent Studley Royal Water Garden. The garden was laid out in the 18th century by John Aislabie to impress his guests, and contains follies, statues and eye-catching vistas. It’s a stunning garden, and the strength of the design is such that it doesn’t matter that there are no flowers in it

The formal section of the gardens ends at Studley Lake and since I was short of time I retraced my steps from here back to the Abbey and the Visitor Centre. Beyond the lake lies Studley Royal Deer Park which is well worth visiting to see its herds of red, sika and fallow deer, as well as the magnificent views of Ripon Cathedral.  The photos which follow only paint a superficial picture of this fascinating place, but I hope that they will serve to whet the appetite of anyone who hasn’t been here before….

Click here or on the Map Page icon for the visitor map showing the layout of the grounds

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