So as not to repeat myself too much, I ask you to click here to find a very brief summary of the abbey's history on my blog. This year, I didn't exactly learn anything new, but I took some pictures from angles I've not shown you before - and for the first time since visiting this place, I've NOT been inside the cellarium, and have NOT taken a shot all the length of the huge nave, either.
The day was the day of St. Wilfrid's parade in Ripon - an event we've been to before and thought we could easily give a miss.
Our idea had been that probably a great many people were going into the town for the festivities, leaving us plenty of peace and quiet to enjoy the abbey. But there were still an amazing number of people at the abbey; no problem, really, as there is more than enough space for everyone. It was just a little unexpected.
Also, the queues at the two tea rooms were rather long (one at the mill and one at Studley Lake, the other end of the estate). We decided to give them a miss and had a picnic of water we'd brought from the cottage and a few bits of fudge my sister got at the visitor centre.
By the time we arrived back home after our walk (which we enjoyed very much!), it was many hours since breakfast, and we were both VERY ready for something to eat :-)
ADDENDUM: I have only just realized that this was my post # 900. How fitting that it should be about one of my favourite places!