Photographer's Note

The original Rievaulx Abbey was founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. Its name derives from the Norman-French "Rie Val" - Rye Valley - where it is situated.

The substantial ruins that remain today date back to 1535 and Henry VIII's "Dissolution of the Monasteries".

We followed a woodland trail (approx 3 miles) from Helmsley to Rievaulx where we came upon the abbey.

I was hoping that the horse would lift its head, but after waiting several minutes I realised it was far too interested in munching the grass, so I just went ahead and fired off a couple of shots anyway.

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Additional Photos by Finlay McNab (finlay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 7 N: 312] (1585)
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