Days Out in Yorkshire: Pull on your wellies for some festive fresh air

AFTER all the excesses of the festive season, there is nothing better than wrapping up warm, pulling on your wellies and burning off some calories during a long winter walk.

By Hannah Bryan
Saturday, 26th December 2015, 12:16 am

If you like your walks try a trip to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Nestled in 800 acres of beautiful grounds and manicured lawns, this World Heritage Site is home to a magnificent Cistercian abbey, deer park and elegant Georgian water garden.

Discover breathtaking views across the dramatic 12th century abbey – the largest monastic ruins in the country – before exploring the beautiful water garden with its glistening lakes and immaculate lawns.

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Created by John Aislabie and his son William in the 18th century, the gardens feature formal, geometric designs and extraordinary vistas and carefully positioned classical statues, follies and garden buildings.

Venture along the riverside path to the deer park, where you’ll find around 500 wild red, fallow and sika deer roaming amid ancient oaks, limes and sweet chestnuts.

If the kids still have some excess energy to burn, let them run, climb and swing free in the children’s play areas before refuelling with some local delicacies at the Abbey Tearoom, Studley Tearoom or Fountains Restaurant.

Also, until January 3rd, why not help your little ones find a flurry of snowflakes that have floated down and landed on the grounds, paving the way for an adventure around the estate.

Each flake is different, but can you spot them all?