Studley Royal Water Garden NT

The walk we enjoyed at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal took us along one side of the River Skell, across a causeway and back along the other side. There was the choice between a high-level and a less steep walk. We chose the high level walk with viewpoints. The pictures in this post were taken in the part of the estate at the Studley Royal end. There was far more to explore, including a deer park, which we couldn’t fit into our visit.

The water gardens are overlooked by follies and woodland paths. After a frosty night several statues had been covered for the winter. The calm sunny day was perfect for reflections on the water.

Collage of three photos. Grey squirrel in a tree, trees and their reflections, Fountains Abbey reflected with trees.
Grey squirrel; Trees and their reflections; Fountains Abbey and trees with reflections
Collage of seven photos. Octagonal folly and trees, with church spire in distance to left of  a deciduous tree opposite side of octagonal folly, two photos with temple of piety and reflections, a waterfall, view of teh abbey,Temple of Fame.
Octagonal Tower; Octagonal tower and serpentine tunnel; 2 x Temple of Piety; weir; Fountains Abbey; Temple of Fame

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.

Steam train Braunton

Earlier this month a steam train was scheduled to take an excursion from Saphos trains along the Cumbria Coastal Railway. The best local place for photography is probably the station as all trains stop there if only briefly. However it can be very busy and everyone wants a good spot, so I decided to snap it on its way into the station.

As I arrived at my vantage point with a view of a fairly long stretch of the line, I disturbed a rabbit and a heron. Both creatures were far quicker than the time taken to switch on my camera and point it in the right direction!

The track slopes down to the station so that trains can coast along at a reasonable speed. No puffs of smoke as there are beyond the station when it sets off again. The diesel engine in case of need had the name Roger Hosking MA, although it is not legible on my photos.

Train in top third of picture, field in foreground, wooded hills beyond
Here it comes!
Front of Braunton
The tender of Braunton 34046
The end of the long train with Deisel loco, Roger Hosking MA