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The Abbey Trail : over 100 miles of walks through Yorkshire's finest countryside

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Clive Newsome
Date Published
206 x 148
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Founded over 80 years ago, Stobart Davies is a specialist, independent British publisher and distributor of books on wood and woodworking skills appealing to both amateur and professional craftsmen. We also publish occasional specialist niche subject books. Stobart Davies’ imprint Sigma Press publishes local interest books, walking and cycling guides.


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The beautiful Yorkshire countryside is home to some of England's greatest abbeys, and along The Abbey Trail you have the opportunity to visit no less than seven of these historic buildings. Included are Kirkstall, Fountains, Byland, Rievaulx, Lastingham, Rosedale and Whitby. Although The Abbey Trail is 116 miles long and can be completed as a long-distance walk, it is also divided into eight one-day sections. Clear directions mean that readers can choose to select many shorter alternatives. There are also six one-day circular walks outlined, but whichever walk you choose, you will find relevant detailed maps provided throughout. The author provides a brief history about each of the seven abbeys, linking this with information on the beautiful surrounding countryside. The Abbey Trail also takes the walker past a variety of other places of historic interest such as Otley (the birth of Chippendale), Ripon with its wonderful cathedral built in 1220, and Whitby with its historic harbour and old town. The Yorkshire countryside, with its gently sloping hills and valleys and amazing scenic views, is perfectly suited to walkers of all ages and abilities.

Clive Newsome provides fascinating background information on the countryside and places of historic interest along the route. These include: Otley, the birthplace of Thomas Chippendale; Pateley Bridge, a market town with fine old buildings; Ripon, with its famed cathedral that includes the work of Kilburn's 'Mousey' Thompson; and the destination town of Whitby with its historic harbour and old town.

Paths Covered by this Publication:

187 km / 116 miles

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