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North Yorkshire abbey ready for winter walkers as snow begins to fall

Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, in winter. Picture by Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com

Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, in winter. Picture by Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com

Snowdrop season is well underway at a World Heritage Site in Yorkshire.

Delicate white flowers are peeping through the grass alongside woodland paths and banks of the River Skell as snow begins to fall at Fountains Abbey, near Ripon.

It is thought that the main snowdrop show will begin next week subject to the weather, so visitors are being encouraged to see them in drifts around the abbey and on the Earl de Grey walk, which takes you from the water garden to the abbey itself.

The 12th Century abbey ruins and only surviving Cistercian corn mill, which are owned by the National Trust, are open daily.

The site also features the Georgian water garden of Studley Royal and Victorian St Mary’s Church.

For details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey.

 

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