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.


Fountains Hall


Fountains Abbey Ruins


The Temple of Fame and Half Moon Lake


Surprise View from Anne Boleyn’s Seat


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

The Octagon Tower


Studley Royal Water Gardens from The Octagon Tower Platform


The Canalized River Skell and Water Garden Statues


The Temple of Piety and Gardens


The Banqueting House

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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