Visited the Priory on a glorious sunny September morning. After parking, decided to double-back over the old stone bridge to the south side of the River Derwent, walking along the bank, passed the weir, through the tunnel of beech trees, and stopping at the plantation of corn-on-the-cob. Returning to the Priory, I studied the gatehouse with its many fascinating carvings. The site itself is a large one but not as large or complete as Fountains Abbey - but is still very imposing. The entrance fee is very moderate & is good value. There's plenty to read about the history of the site, including why Winston Churchill paid a secret visit to the Priory during the 2nd. World War! Then drove a very short distance to the excellent Stone Trough Inn for a very good Sunday lunch.
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