Fountains Abbey

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Fountains Abbey Reflection, originally uploaded by JuanJ.

When I lived in Ripon I used to do the ‘seven bridges’ walk which takes you from the city centre to Fountains Abbey. It’s a beautiful walk to a beautiful place, any time of year.

The house I owned (I could afford a house up north!) was not far from where war poet Wilfred Owen lived before he returned to France where he was killed in November 1918 and I read in a biography that he did the same walk often, and wrote some of his best poetry at the time. It’s not hard to understand why.

Anyway, I found this shot of Fountains Abbey on Flikr which reminded me of some happy times – and not so happy: I often made the trek when things were pretty shitty.

It’s a truly calming place. Worth a visit if you’re ever in the Ripon/North Yorkshire area.

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