Raisdale Mill Cottages
in the North York Moors
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In the 12th century Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx Abbey, summed up the spirituality of the North York Moors area when he wrote: ďEverywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world.Ē
Visit the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey set in the tranquil valley of the river Rye and youíll see this still holds true. One of Britainís most complete and impressive abbeys, its displays show the links between the monks and their beautiful surroundings.
Byland Abbey was once one of Englandís greatest monasteries, inspiring the design of church buildings throughout the North.
Mount Grace Priory, huddled on the edge of the Hambleton Hills, is the best-preserved Carthusian priory in Britain, complete with reconstructed monkís cell and intriguing medieval plumbing.
Ampleforth Abbey is home to the largest Benedictine community in Britain and remains at the heart of the famous Roman Catholic boarding school. Now it has a visitor centre and is known for its award-winning cider, beer and liqueurs.
Handale Priory was founded by William de Percy in 1133 and housed a small community of Benedictine nuns sent here from Rosedale Abbey as a penance. Handale Abbey Walled Garden has recently been restored; a 19th century listed walled garden, itís a hidden gem.
The area continues to attract those in search of peace and tranquillity. A new order recently arrived in the area: members of the Conventus of Our Lady of Consolation relocated from Worcestershire to the eco-friendly Stanbrook Abbey near Wass, a stonemasonís throw from Byland Abbey.
From time to time, itís good to escape the hustle and bustle of todayís busy world. Some ways to enjoy the serenity of the North York Moors National Park and Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty:
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Market Towns and Villages
Forests and Woods
Sutton Bank and the escarpment
Heritage coast and fishing villages
Howardian Hills AoNB
The Cleveland Hills
Arts an crafts
Nature and outdoors
Special Qualities of the North York Moors National Park