Monday, 9 February 2015

Frosty Fountains Abbey

Frosty Studley Royal Water gardens love heart swans A frosty winter's day in  Ripon, Yorkshire. By the River Skell rises a wonderful old romantic ruin of a grand monastery from the Medieval era, Fountains Abbey.

Once inhabited by Cistercian Monks but left to crumble when Henry VIII (not my favourite king!) ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

We walked through the Georgian Studley Royal Water Garden finding swans in love and an icy Half Moon Pond over looked by classical statues. A fair old walk for short legs but Little Bird enjoyed it.

Georgian Water garden fros Studley Royal Water garden, Ripon frosty glade Georgian Water garden stream-at-Fountains-Abbey River-Skell-view-to-Fountains-Abbey walking by the stone wall at Fountains Abbey Fountains-Abbey-River-Skel1 Past the weir and looking down by the River Skell into Fountains Abbey. through-the-trees-fountains-abbey Ripon-Fountains-Abbey In the nave and looking up the tower. looking up the tower Fountains-Abbey-winter Fountains-Abbey-Lit-Up in the monks cellarium The Monk's Cellarium lit up in an array of colours, so atmospheric and I believe it is stunning at night time to see the whole Abbey lit up. We love our historical days out and are really making the most of our National Trust passes and Fountains Abbey is probably now in our top 5 places to visit.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

It really does look magical lit up like that, as you say it must be really something late at night. we have just got National Trust membership too so I'm looking forward to exploring places like this too, the grounds are simply stunning on this frosty day. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

Niki said...

What an amazing place? Was it also one of the places that were used for Games of Thrones inspiration? Love your images so much I actually googled how long the drive would be from here.. only 7 hours... :) #countrykids - glad to discover your blog!

Happy Homebird said...

It is a beautiful place. I do know that they filmed one of the Omen films there! Ooh 7 hours, that's a bit of a trek!

Stacey Guilliatt said...

Oh this looks a beautiful place to visit, I must put it on the list. Those swans, how lovely! #countrykids

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