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.

A walk from Wray Castle NT

Our first outing after lockdown relaxed was to Wray Castle near Ambleside in the Lake District. The castle itself was still closed, but the car park had some space (although it is rather pricey for non-members of the National Trust) and there are plenty of walks to choose from. It was a fine day. We took a picnic and met a member of our family, suitably socially-distanced, of course. It is advisable to check online for how busy car parks in the Lake District are, before setting out.

The circular walk we did took us to the lake (Windermere), along a path, up a hill and back through a village. We saw lots of wild flowers and some birds.

A photo of sheep I took has already appeared on Sue’s Trifles Paint Chip Poetry challenge 28.