Frosty Morning at Fountains Abbey

Earlier in the week I decided that on Thursday I’d head off to Fountains Abbey and have a walk, a bite to eat and be home early afternoon. Thursday dawned very frosty but the roads were fine and the car park almost empty when I arrived. I’ve posted several times about my visits to Fountains including  here, here and here. But I visit many more times than I have posted – it is just such a beautiful place to walk and think and enjoy the views and the Georgian landscape and its follies.

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Fountains Hall

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Fountains Abbey Ruins

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The Temple of Fame and Half Moon Lake

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Surprise View from Anne Boleyn’s Seat

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The Temple of Fame – all is not what it seems. The columns are just painted wood. img_0064

The Octagon Tower

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Studley Royal Water Gardens from The Octagon Tower Platform

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The Canalized River Skell and Water Garden Statues

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The Temple of Piety and Gardens

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The Banqueting House
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Banqueting House and Pheasants

I had a panini and tea at the Studley Tea Room before completing my walk through the Deer Park and past St Mary’s Church. As I drove away just after 1pm cars were circling the car parks in search of spaces.

17 comments on “Frosty Morning at Fountains Abbey

  1. Noel Bushnell says:

    Lovely place. Lovely photographs. I suspect it’s at its best in the frosty stillness that you’ve caught — no people, no disturbance.

    • Thank you, Noel. Yes, it’s a good time to be there but, you know, once you are away from the main abbey ruins/visitor centre you can be pretty peaceful and fairly alone at most times.

  2. Fran says:

    Early bird…..stunning photos with no one else there, how glorious!

  3. queenbreaca says:

    Was going to say the same as Fran, might add that winter is a wonderful (and severly underrated) time for photography. Like the “surprise view” very much. And Fountains Hall reminds me a little of Montacute House in Somerset. Happy New Year (don’t forget to watch a certain DVD at 6.40 pm tomorrow) 🙂

    • Yes! very like Montacute and like all the rest of the site, very photogenic. Have you visited Fountains, QB? Aha! Must get the dvd out and on standby – but not sure I can I can stand the whole film!!! I have here in front of me a new book I bought in Bern before Christmas – 111 Orte auf Rügen die Man gesehen haben muss! Kennst du das? Roll on Summer 2017!! xx

  4. Monique van Dijk says:

    Beatiful Barbara! Me myself lay in bed with a heavy flue. 😂😂

  5. Sarah Wrightson says:

    Just stunning. As Noel said above, you’ve captured the crystal stillness.

  6. Yes. I’ll email you shortly. By the way – I have DVD at the ready. Is that 6.40pm UK or German time? It is only 18 minutes … but it always seems like a lifetime!!!

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