Jervaulx Abbey – A secret gem

On my way back from Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire this week I stopped at the outstanding Jervaulx Abbey situated on the Ripon Road (A6108)between Leyburn and Masham.

Despite living in Yorkshire all my life I have never visited Jervaulx Abbey before so we parked up in the car park and wondered across the road to the abbey gate. There was beautiful late afternoon sunshine and after putting our £3 entrance fee in the honesty box we wondered into the sprawling ruins of this Cistercian abbey founded in 1146. The abbey is set in 126 acres of wonderful parkland and you can sit on one of the many benches to admire the views and wild flowers and wonder what life must have been like for the monks who lived here.

Here are some photos I took on my visit.

Founded in 1146, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery.
Founded in 1146, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery.
A very ornate wrought iron bench photographed in the grounds of Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.
A very ornate wrought iron bench photographed in the grounds of Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.

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