If you put "Fountains Abbey" in the search box at the top left corner of my blog, you will find several posts with many pictures of this wonderful place near Ripon in Yorkshire, England. The 1st of June saw me and my sister back on what we now consider our traditional walk there - we can't visit Ripon without it!
I took so many pictures on that day that I decided to divide them between several posts. The first part shows the walk from Ripon (look here to see where we started) through Studley Roger (the village next to the site of Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey), the deer park, St. Mary's church, and the first glimpses of the ruins.
As you can see, it was a cloudy day, but sunny and warm enough for us to enjoy the walk very much.
Approaching Studley Roger, and a picture for John/Scriptor Senex (although I know he is taking a break from blogland these days):
The gates to Studley Royal, the deer park and Fountains Abbey:
About half way up the hill, looking back you can see Ripon Cathedral. The pictures show what it looks like with and without zoom. We saw very few deer this time, but look at all that lush green!
Two thirds of the way to...
St. Mary's. The indoors pictures were taken without flash.
By now it was lunch time and we sat at the obelisk outside the church to eat the sarnies we'd brought.
After a short rest, we went further along to the visitor centre. There, you pay to get to the actual abbey; up until now, everywhere we walked is free access. So, even a family who maybe can not afford to pay the admission fee of 10,50 per adult (don't know how much for children), will be able to have a great day out.
From the visitor centre, we walked down the hill towards the ruins. The first glimpse we got was this:
I don't think I've taken pictures from this perspective before. It looked as if you could just jump across the small gap from the slope onto the bell tower!
One last picture for today, before you'll see Fountains Hall in my next post.