Nunnington Hall is a proper great day out for all the family – on a recent visit we reflected that we have not been back here for about 20 years; while the the children are all grown up now, there is still so much to do for a couple of empty nesters!
Nunnington Hall has beautuful gardens that have something for everyone
Famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.
There is a lot of stuff for kids in the grounds and gardens – especially liked the working ‘cutting’ garden part with a mud pie kitchen and potting sheds for the children.
The male and femaale scarcrows in the cutting garden are a sight to behold!
Wild flowers provide a home for all the insects and butterflies, some of which are amazing even on a rather overcast last day of August.
The peacocks roam free in the grounds, both males and female with her two little chicks tucked under the wing for safety.
One of the highlights is the amazing Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms on the top floor – these incredibly complex room sets were put together with such skill it is hard upon examination to differentiate them from the real thing – I took some pictures below of the study, the nursery and one of the sitting rooms.
The National Trust have a changing programme of exhibitions in our Top Floor Gallery. This year including, the British Wildlife Photography awards, World War One Centenary, Children’s Illustration, Matt the Daily Telegraph Cartoonist and a new feature – Art for Christmas.
Inside the house there is a lot to see
And outside, the walled gardens include a lovely open tea room area as well as the riverbank and lawns with ample spots for picnics and easy access to the grounds from an adjoining carpark via a small footbridge over the river.
All in all a great day out on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and away from the tourist traps of Kirbymoorside and Helmsley.
Well Done National Trust – nothing changes in 20 years, and that is a good thing!
Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 metres in an area owned by the National Trust which is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wikipedia
They can be found here – Ripon Road Barn Blazefield, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Yorkshire HG3 4DW
Honestly, i have not been for so long they really amazed me today – a fantastic 2 mile walk around the edge of the moor, away from the crowds, there are some amazing rocks and the views across Nidderdale is awesome.
Here are 20 photos that should get you interested – everyone should go!
Even in a car full of middle-aged people, with mixed weather and an invalid on board, it is possible to experience some fantastic scenery not too far from the madding crowds of Ambleside on a half term Sunday afternoon.
Therefore, a trip out to the Langdale Pikes and a walk back to Ambleside (which is only seven miles away) is a great way to spend half a day in the lake district.
A short car ride from Ambleside and you are in the heart of Langdale, surrounded by the famous Pikes, beautiful.
And if you have an invalid with you, it is possible to drive into some amazing scenery, making the distance from the car to the open world, as short as possible – so it really is possible to enjoy Langdale on one leg.
We took a nice walk today fro Langdale back to Ambleside, only 5 or 6 miles but plenty for an out of shape bloke after a pint at the National Trust pub in Sticklebarn
The walk back from the pub at Sticklebarn, via Langdale village and the new path around Elterwater was easy and rewarding – I would urge anyone with a couple of hours spare to give it a go, no hiking gear required!
Inspired by his Grand Tour, John Bourchier created Beningbrough , an Italian Palace nestled between York, Harrogate and Leeds. The impressive rooms are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, Beningbrough’s long-term partner. The paintings feature people who have made, and are making, British history and culture, and in 2015 include contemporary portraits in a display of ‘Royals: then and now’.
A working walled garden, grand herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and a play area for children to let off steam, creates a year-round garden. Picture-postcard views can be seen from the garden and the parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and discover hidden wildlife.
One of the best places in Yorkshire to spend any weekend…
Beautiful conditions for a walk at Fountains Abbey this weekend, so we have been on both Saturday and Sunday to make the most of this lovely weather and take some snaps along the way – I don’t think anyone has taken photo’s here before!
The National Trust are managing a national treasure here!
A lovely spot indeed, and what better way to get there than in a demonstrator Discovery from Land Rover Ripon – I really want one of these!
We walked our legs off around the deer park this weekend, taking in the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.
There is a lot to see for groups, with an activity centre, playground and picnic area, I can imagine returning in warmer weather to sit and watch the world go by.
A great place for a school trip I should think – if only I was 40 years younger!
After descending the hill to the west entrance, the magnificent Fountains Hall can be visited.
The house was built by Stephen Proctor between 1598 and 1604, partly with stone from the abbey ruins. It is an example of late Elizabethan architecture, perhaps influenced by the work of Robert Smythson. After Proctor’s death in 1619, Fountains Hall passed into the possession of the Messenger family, who sold it to William Aislabie of neighbouring Studley Royal 150 years later. Fountains Hall became redundant as the Aislabie family remained at Studley Royal. It was leased to tenants and at one time parts of it were used for farm storage.
The hall was renovated and modernised between 1928 and 1931, and the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) often stayed there as guests of Lady Doris Vyner, wife of the Marquess of Ripon and sister to the then-current Duke of Richmond and Gordon.
During the Second World War, Fountains Hall and other estate buildings were used to house evacuees. Studley Royal became the wartime home of Queen Ethelburga’s School from Harrogate and the school’s sanatorium was at Fountains Hall. The stable block and courtyard, was used for dormitories while one corner became the school chapel, at which Sunday Evensong was regularly said by the Archdeacon of Ripon. The hall has a balcony although it cannot be used because the staircase is considered unsafe for the public.
The Vyner Family
Vyner Memorial Window in staircase
The Vyners lost a son and a daughter in the Second World War; Charles was a Royal Naval Reserve pilot missing in action near Rangoon. Elizabeth was a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and died of lethargic encephalitis while on service in Felixstowe, Suffolk. There is a sculpture remembering them which can be seen as one comes out of the house down the stone steps.
Elizabeth Vyner WRNS – Died on Active Service June 3rd 1942 Aged 18 years. Also her brother Charles De Grey Vyner Sub Lieut (A) RNVR Reported missing from Air Operations Off Rangoon May 2nd 1945 Aged 19 Years.
We will remember them
Once you have mavigated the Hall, it’s time for a cuppa and a look around the Mill – this is where the monks milled their wheat and contains many working models and a waterwheel.
And then it’s time to walk around the Abbey, although you will not be alone if it’s a sunny day like today!
Fountains Abbey is one of the most photographed sites in England, for good reason.
But there is a lot more to this place than the ruined Abbey.
The Water Garden at Studley Royal
The water garden at Studley Royal created by John Aislabie in 1718 is one of the best surviving examples of a Georgianwater garden in England. It was expanded by his son, William who purchased the adjacent Fountains Estate. The garden’s elegant ornamental lakes, canals, temples and cascades provide a succession of dramatic eye-catching vistas. It is also studded with a number of follies including a neo-Gothic castle and a palladian style banqueting house.
St Marys church in the Studley Royal Estate
The Anglican church of St Mary’s was the religious masterpiece of architect William Burges.
The richly decorated Victorian Gothic church was commissioned in 1870 by the first Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon to commemorate the Marchioness’ brother who had been allegedly murdered in Greece.
St Mary’s Church was one of two, late Victorian, memorial churches in Yorkshire, built by the family of the First Marquess of Ripon in memory of Frederick Grantham Vyner. The other is the Church of Christ the Consoler at Skelton-on-Ure, and the architect of both wasWilliam Burges. Vyner was murdered by Greek bandits in 1870 and his mother, Lady Mary Vyner, and sister, Lady Ripon, used the unspent ransom, gathered to obtain his release, to build two churches in Vyner’s memory on their respective Yorkshire estates. Burges’ appointment as architect was most likely due to the connection between his greatest patron, John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute and Vyner, who had been friends at Oxford. St Mary’s, on Lady Ripon’s estate at Studley Royal, was commissioned in 1870 and work began in 1871. The church was consecrated in 1878. As at Skelton, Burges’ design demonstrates a move from his favoured Early-French, to an English style.Pevsner writes of “a Victorian shrine, a dream of Early English glory.” The interior is spectacular, exceeding Skelton in richness and majesty. The stained glass is of particularly high quality. St Mary’s is Burges’ “ecclesiastical masterpiece.”
So what is stopping you? I can’t recommend Fountains Abbey enough, have a look at the National Trust website and make some time to get there this year, I will finish with some more photos and I look forward to snapping more deer and the open spaces for my next visit to Studley Royal.
OK, I could not resist including some of my photos from a visit earlier in Autumn 2014, and Boxing Day also…thanks for reading and let me have your comments.
The pictures should say it all, fresh air, no shops, no sales, no internet, no crowds,no television; just the beautiful countryside.
Every year on Boxing Day, after a short service, hundreds of pilgrims walk from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal, just as the pilgrim monks did in1132; what better thing to do but join them?
Our Christmas presents to each other were to renew our NT membership and get out and about more across Yorkshire in the new year, so lets start on our own doorstep at this amazing place.
The estate was granted to Sir Thomas Danyers in 1346 and passed to the Leghs of Lyme by marriage in 1388. It remained in the possession of the Legh family until 1946 when it was given to the National Trust. The house dates from the latter part of the 16th century. Modifications were made to it in the 1720s by Giacomo Leoni, who retained some of the Elizabethan features and added others, particularly the courtyard and the south range. It is difficult to classify Leoni’s work at Lyme, as it contains elements of both Palladian and Baroque styles.[a] Further modifications were made by Lewis Wyatt in the 19th century, especially to the interior. Formal gardens were created and developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The house, gardens and park have been used as locations for filming and they are open to the public. The Lyme Caxton Missal is on display in the Library.
The most obvious structure in the park, other than the house, is a tower called the Cage which stands on a hill to the east of the approach road to the house (53.34453°N 2.05189°W). It was originally a hunting lodge and was later used as a park-keeper’s cottage and as a lock-up for prisoners. The first structure on the site was built about 1580; this was taken down and rebuilt in 1737, possibly to a design by Leoni for Peter Legh X. The tower is built in buff sandstonerubble with ashlar sandstone dressings. It is square in plan, in three storeys, with attached small square towers surmounted by cupolas at the corners. The Cage is a Grade II* listed building.