Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, was the first Cistercian monastery in the north of England, founded in 1132 by twelve monks from France.
Its remote location was well suited to the order's ideal of a strict life of prayer and self-sufficiency with little contact with the outside world.
Now managed by the English Heritage, it is an inspiring place, well worth a visit. A tour by Brother Antony is not to be missed!
An easy day trip from Alpha Cottage and St Hilda's Apartment
A walk from Alpha Cottage early evening tonight was just beautiful with bright blue skies. It is good to see so many visitors here enjoying the Spring. PS Yes, they are surfing dudes walking up the hill!
The beauty of spring - flowers on trees, and a robin's pin cushion
Nearly 2,000 years ago the Romans built a group of fortifications overlooking the North York Moors, at Cawthorne, near Pickering. An easy walk around the fortifications mounds and nearby woodland is breathtaking, even on a February afternoon - well worth a detour, oh and parking is free.
See North Yorks Moors Authority website for more details and a downloadable map @Pickering, North York Moors
Rather than take the usual route down and up the road to the beach, we love taking the back alleyways, just as quick and querky! @robin hoods bay
No snow in Whitby today just beautiful blue skies.
Explored Pannett Park (just opposite St Hilda's Apartment), and found Kupe (legendary navigator in mythology) and snowdrops in the South Seas Garden. @St Hilda's Holiday Apartment, Whitby