Mount Grace Priory

Mount Grace

North Yorkshire

Route: Mount Grace Priory

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 28th April 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.3 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Cloudy

Mount Grace Priory is set at the foot of the Cleveland Hills on the north western edge of the North York Moors. It is owned by the National Trust and operated and cared for by English Heritage, and is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain. It’s also well known for its colony of stoats which inhabit the drains and passages under the ruins. I’d not visited here before and decided to make it the feature of today’s walk

I parked on the roadside in the pretty village of Osmotherley, a typical North York Moors village, and after walking past the village shop I turned off to follow a track uphill with increasingly extensive views across the surrounding countryside. It’s a pity that the weather was rather dull and lifeless, and the grey sky didn’t show the views at their best

At passing through Chapel Wood Farm I descended down the fields into Mount Grace Wood and followed the path to the priory. I spent some time wandering around the atmospheric ruins of the priory and the gardens within the monastic grounds, after which I retraced my steps back up through the woods and across famland back into Osmotherley

Although I didn’t spot any stoats it was a very worthwhile visit and an enjoyable short walk

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