With the start of summer, the boyfriend and I have made a resolution to make the most of it and spend our weekends out in the glorious Yorkshire countryside. Armed with a map and a picnic (and no electronics, yey) we’ve seen some lovely new views and just had a nice time in each other’s company away from all of the hussle and bussle of the week.
Last Saturday was beautiful and we headed out fairly close to home, starting at our frequently visited Fountain’s Abbey but heading up into the hills behind it for a change of scenery. The parking is free, even for non National Trust members so it makes it a very cheap day out. We headed up onto the hill behind Fountain’s to have our picnic looking down onto the lovely ruins before heading off through a pretty bluebell wood. The tracks are well maintained and easy to follow, but we did feel better with a map at this point just to make sure we were heading the right way.
We soon hit the river which had dried up in places, and after criss-crossing several bridges it reappeared and was just deep enough for a quick paddle on a hot day. It was a really popular spot for families having a picnic and playing in the stream which was lovely to see, but I can imagine only gets more crowed as the summer goes on!
Within a few minutes, we entered the Deer Park at the back of Fountain’s Abbey estate with lovely views over the lake. Thanks to our English Heritage and National Trust memberships we entered for free and stopped for a quick ice cream once inside, as the tea room accessed from the Deer Park was packed. After that it was a quick stroll through Fountain’s and back to the car for a well deserved drink at home in the garden!
This walk took about 1.5 hours and is very easy to follow, and fitbit reckoned it was around 12,000 steps so a pretty good stretch of the legs. We used the Ripon and Boroughbridge OS Explorer Map 299.