A visit to Fountains Abbey NT

On our way home from a weekend break in North Yorkshire we had time to visit a National Trust property. The nearest one to our route home (Rivaulx Terrace) was closed for winter, so we went to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. This involved retracing our route a little afterwards.

We arrived before lunch and went to the visitor centre, where a very helpful lady welcomed us to ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. She showed us on the leaflet a recommended route to take. We returned to the car to eat our sandwiches before setting off on what appeared to be a long walk.

Our undyed locks must be the reason people ask if we are OK to go down steep hills! The gradient seemed more gentle than the hill we live on.

The weather was calm and bright. Fountains Abbey certainly is beautiful. We both took far too many photos. I am spoilt for choice picking a few of mine for this post. We spent over three hours exploring the site, but didn’t have time to see everything.

View of a church tower and ruins through leafless trees. More trees and blue sky in background
First view of the Abbey
Collage of seven photos, showing different aspects of the Abbey
Collage of photos
View from the far side of the Abbey with a river in the foreground and trees in the background
Looking back at the Abbey and its reflection

Only a few days later the whole of the North of England was hit by Storm Arwen, which brought down many trees in the region. Fountains Abbey was closed on the Saturday of the storm for safety reasons. I hope the beautiful trees were not affected.

Another post is likely to follow about Studley Royal water gardens.


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