Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire is one of my favourite places in the county. The ruins of this former Cistercian abbey are huge and magnificent. At the time of the Dissolution it was the richest Cistercian abbey in Britain, which no doubt helped in its demise.
It was a lovely warm spring afternoon when Mrs M and I visited the abbey again. We have been here two or three times now, and it always impresses us. Walking through the ruins or along the river bank you can get an idea of what it must have been like for the monks and the lay workers of the abbey. There is a feeling of peace and calm that permeates the whole place. Trees line the valley sides and the river wanders through the ruins and on to the 18th century pleasure gardens further down the valley. A great place to spend the afternoon, and the National Trust have a great restaurant above the valley.