Walking to Fountains Abbey and spending the day there is something my sister and I "must" do every year on our Yorkshire Holiday, and we very much look forward to it every time. Of course you have seen my posts about this very same walk in previous years, if you have been following my blog back then, so I understand if you rather skip this one.
Thursdays are market days in Ripon, and we needed to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, so that was our first task. The market was larger last year; we missed the cheese stall where we used to get Wensleydale cheese before, and some other stalls were not there, either. Unfortunately, when we were at the Great Yorkshire Show the day before, I opted against buying cheese there, as I was certain we would be able to get that here in Ripon on the market - now it was my fault that we had to buy our cheese elsewhere. We still got nice fruit and vegetables, though.
Once we had stored everything in the kitchen and prepared ourselves sandwiches and bottles of water, we set off in the sunshine - the day was perfect, warm enough to go short-sleeved and (halfway) bare-legged.
Past Ripon's cricket ground:
Across the river and on to the fields:
Lawrence House in Studley Roger, the hamlet at one end of the huge estate that comprises Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal:
Entrance to the deer park at Studley; admission free:
Looking back towards Ripon Cathedral in the distance:
This pheasant cock was totally unfazed by our presence; he was very close to the road but eventually hopped off further into the meadow:
St. Mary's in the distance:
Chorister's House next to St. Mary's; this can be rented as a holiday home:
More in my next post!