Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Across the Pennines: Chapter II

Yet another train journey across to North Yorkshire, though this time there was no warming summer sunshine, no pretty fifties dresses, and no Bank holiday strolls.
Turns out, North Yorkshire is just as stunning in the Autumn.  A watery sun painted itself across a crisp, blue sky, marked with hundreds of falling flame coloured leaves.  
Our trip took us to Fountains Abbey, using our National Trust cards of course, and took us on a riveting exploration of the ruins of the monastery. It is the most beautiful, relaxing place. The staff were particularly lovely and the grounds offered a range of interesting things to see, from the folly to the many water features.
Helen particularly enjoyed Anne Boleyn''s seat- the perfect view of the Abbey- though Anne never visited the Abbey, the seat is named after a statue of her on the grounds. It truly brings to mind the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII,  his desire to marry Anne being one of the catalysts, and as you look over at the ruins, Anne's presence is a cold reminder of why it lies in ruins.

The perfect Autumn weekend.

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