Ryedale Tour de Abbey
We went on an impromptu tour around Ryedale today visiting its great Abbey’s and Priory. Before any great trip, one must first get sustenance, so we first headed to the market town of Helmsley where we had breakfast at Mannions of Helmsley. Can’t recommend it enough, great food, cooked to order and great staff too!
After that we headed to Rievaulx Abbey for a quick explore and to visit their exhibition on the use of water at the Abbey (its more interesting than it sounds!), we even saw a genuine stop cock! 🙂
From there, we headed cross country to the nearby Byland Abbey, which Alastair had visited only a couple of weeks before. After that, and as our final destination we went to Kirkham Priory. There wasn’t perhaps as much to see as at the other locations, but its setting beside the Derwent and with trains running through it made up for it. The walls of priory were used in the Second World War for training troops to get up and down scramble nets in preparation for embarking landing craft for D-Day!
All in all a grand day out around our local area of Ryedale, which was about 6 hours including all the stops from start to finish.
About Cliff House Holiday Cottages
Our five holiday cottages in North Yorkshire are just on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and 20 minutes from the Yorkshire Coast. Half way between the market town of Pickering and the seaside town of Scarborough, we offer a perfect year round base for exploring the foodie delights of the area. Our range of five cottages include a 6 person cottage with one en suite and a further 2 bathrooms, as well as smaller cottages suitable for couples and people travelling own their own. All of our cottages are set within 2 acres of grounds, are dog friendly and all cottages have access to our indoor heated swimming pool. As “Walking Friendly” accommodation, we supply maps and local guide books with details of lots of local walks – also as we live on site we are also on hand to recommend a walk or two!