Just like Ripon is keeping up the tradition of the Hornblower, I have my own traditions for when I am there. One is to walk from Ripon to Fountains Abbey and back. You've seen the walk on my blog before and can easily find the old posts (if you are interested) by typing "Fountains Abbey" in the search box in the top left corner. Or you can just look at the new pictures, taken last week.
Studley Roger is the very pretty village at the Studley end of the large area that comprises Fountains Abbey, a deer park and Studley Royal (water garden). It is where you arrive when you take the walk from Ripon across the fields.
The gate leading into the deer park. It is open during the day, but there is a grid on the ground so that deer can't walk through. Looking back, Ripon Cathedral can be seen in the distance.
Walking up the road leading through the deer park towards St. Mary's.
The church of St. Mary's. There is a bit of information about the building on this older post of mine.
Although I have been inside this church several times, there are still things I didn't know or detail I had not seen before. One of the welcomers pointed out this little stone mouse to us:
He also showed us the swallow on this pillar, and made sure we'd spot the green parrots in the gilded ornamental border here:
The architect behind all this (and much, much more) was William Burges. You can read about him here on Wikipedia. Apparently, a lot of the dreamier elements of his designs had something to do with him being an opium addict. Whatever the cause, St. Mary's definitely has a LOT to look at, and is always worth a visit.
After leaving the church, we walked on towards Fountains Hall and Fountains Abbey.
That will be my next post.