Following Dave and Ellie’s wedding, Lizzie and I took a week holiday in Skyreholme, just north of Barden Tower where the wedding took place.
Due to the weather being a bit pants, we spent a lot of time hanging out in the house so I’m going to do this in 2 posts, concentrating on the days when there are pretty pictures for you to look at.
The first day after the wedding. Helen and Aimee left us early in the day. Lizzie and I intended to go down the road to the Bunk Barn and help tidy up but were so tired from the last few days that we decided to stay in the house. Here are some photos to show what the house is like:
We started on a jigsaw puzzle.
Monday was much the same as Sunday except that we had run out of food so were forced out of the house in the afternoon to go to the supermarket!
Having realised that our holiday was swiftly disappearing without us having actually done anything, yesterday we made plans to visit Fountains Abbey which is a World Heritage site run by the National Trust. Among other things, there are the ruins of a 12 century abbey and Georgian Water gardens. We had a great walk along the water gardens, up to the abbey ruins and then back along the other side of the gardens to the tea shop by the car park. We totally forgot to visit the mill which is also on the site by the abbey ruins. It was a lovely day but the light was very hazy making the photographs a bit dull, I have touched them up in GIMP which I haven’t been using long so I hope they look ok.
The 6 pictures above of the ruins and the weirs were all taken from where we stopped to eat our lunch. There is a shelter and a bench here that are labelled on the maps and in the guide book and on signs from both directions as “Surprise View”. The excessive signage and the fact that this very view is on the cover of the guidebook all detract from it being much of a surprise! Still, it was a very nice place to have a break from walking and eat our lunch. I spent a while waiting for as many of the people who were wandering about on the grass in the above shots to disappear behind trees so I could get pictures with as few people in as possible.
After lunch we headed on along the path and back down to the level of the lakes to walk alongside them to the ruins of the abbey.
After Lizzie dragged me away from the weir, we carried on our walk towards the abbey ruins.
Now there will be a few more pictures of moving water going over a weir. You might want to skip to day 2(!)
There were a lot more of these but I got rid of lots of them so as not to bore people too much!
After tea and cake in the shop by the entrance, we went back to the car and drive home via Pately Bridge where we stopped for a look round and some groceries. We plan to go back to visit a museum there later in the week. Details can be found in the next Yorkshire post!