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44. A circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey
Scenes in the Yorkshire Dales
This page illustrates Walk No. 25 Jervaulx Abbey (~7 miles)
from Paul Hannon's book Walking Country - Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales
Keywords: Jervaulx Abbey walk, Jervaulx Park, Kilgram Lane Ulshaw, Cover Bridge Kilgram Bridge, River Ure to lower Wensleydale, Woodhouse farm hamlet village of Thornton Steward Old Manse St Oswald's medieval Church, Danby Hall Scrope family Roman Catholic Church of St. Simon and St Jude Ulshaw Bridge Cover Bridge Inn Old Hall Jervaulx Hall Tearoom-Cafe (closed in March 2022) parking available with £1 voluntary contribution.
There is good car parking by the Jervaulx Abbey Tearoom! (PLEASE put £1 in the honesty box)
The walk starts from the fields-parkland of Jervaulx Park, in which the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey lie.
You head west through Jervaulx Park towards Lane House ...
... and along Kilgram Lane through very well kept 'parkland' ...
... passing a large clean pond used for fishing.
You head north up the road, passing Kilgram Grange (on your right) and over the ancient and very fine four-arched Kilgram Bridge (possibly 500 years old?).
Looking west up the River Ure to lower Wensleydale.
You turn left immediately and head west across the fields to the farm hamlet of Woodhouse and onto the village of Thornton Steward ...
... with pleasant views of lower Wensleydale.
The village green of Thornton Steward with the old green pump on the left.
The old Manse of Thornton Steward.
The 1925 Institute building at the top right of the village green of Thornton Steward.
On heading down to St Oswald's church you pass a fine sturdy house on the left.
East end view of St Oswald's Church, Thorton Steward
West end view and entrance to St Oswald's Church, Thorton Steward
After heading south-west down either the track or road you come to the lovely (quite isolated) little church of St Oswald, Anglo-Saxon-early Norman in appearance, a lovely surviving piece of 'ancient' architecture. The chancel (far right section), except for the modern windows, is Early English from ~1310. The nave are the outer wall of the porch are pre-Norman/Saxon from before 1066 and the twin portal bellcote on the upper left is early 13th century.
Looking east down the nave to the altar of St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward
Looking west down the nave to the entrance of St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward
Its origins are ancient as evidenced by some of the stonework in St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward.
Left: The Norman-Early English font from ~1210
Middle: A little early Norman one light window.
Right: An Anglo-Saxon carving of a head-figure.
A medieval tombstone St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward
Left: The south-west Norman doorway, and, though much weathered by many centuries, you can still just make out the characteristic chevron or zig-zag markings of the door arch - the Celtic cross below is a modern carving.
Middle: The much weathered two light window in the south wall of the nave of the Decorated style from ~1330.
Right: Also in the south wall of the nave, a neo-gothic two light window.
Several medieval stone coffins lie in the churchyard.
The graveyard of St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward
After St Oswald's Church you continue west across the fields ...
A curious hollow tree trunk with a locked door!!
.... passing St Oswald ...
... and on through what feels like more parkland ...
... until you reach the splendid buildings of Danby Hall, in which a 15th century pele tower exists! ...
... with its magnificent 19th century facade. Danby Hall was once the home of the Scrope family, a Catholic family of some influence who hid priests, attended clandestine masses and somehow survived the turbulent times of Tudor-Elizabethan England.
After leaving the 'parkland' of Danby Hall ...
The track descends from Danby Hall down to Low Lodge
... you come down to the north bank of the River Ure and the buildings that were once Danby Low Mill
Danby Low Mill on the banks of the Rive Ure
You then pick up the road to Ulshaw. On your right is the graveyard of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Simon and St Jude (built 1868), in the tiny hamlet of Ulshaw Bridge ...
... with its Crucifixion sculpture at the top and as a railway enthusiast I appreciate the gravestone of Walter Hartley in graveyard!
You then turn left over the wonderful four arched Ulshaw Bridge over the River Ure ...
... with a sun-dial dated 1674 inserted in one of the refuges on the Ulshaw bridge ..
... and pleasant views up and down stream ...
... and then carry on from Ulshaw Bridge to Cover Bridge by which sits the white painted Coverbridge Inn.
Immediately after crossing Cover Bridge by the Cover Bridge Inn you turn left ...
The Cover Bridge Inn beer garden by the Cover Bridge over the Rive Cover!
... to walk along the south banks of the River Cover ...
Walking along the banks of the River Cover.
... which eventually merges with the River Ure near Danby Low Mill.
The confluence of the River Cover and the River Ure.
You follow the south bank of the attractive River Ure for most of the rest of the walk which is a lovely short walk in itself from a Jervaulx Abbey and down by the River Ure is a good picnic spot.
On your right you pass fish ponds of the Danby and Jervaulx fly fishers (only!) in the Fish Pond Plantation. The fishpond has been made from an ox-bow lake and, as the notice says, it is for the use of private members only!
Walking along the banks of the now wider River Ure.
At the end of the river bank path you turn right, heading south back to Jervaulx Hall and Abbey ...
Return view of Jervaulx Hall.
At the road turn left going past 'The Old Hall' or 'Jervaulx Hall' on your left.
Your choice is then the Jervaulx Abbey ruins or the Jervaulx Abbey Tearoom, or both!
More pictures of the lovely ruins of Jervaulx Abbey in the crisp late afternoon sunlight below.
(PLEASE put £2 in the honesty box if visiting Jervaulx Abbey)
Jervaulx Abbey was founded Cistercian Monks in 1156, who originally came from Byland Abbey.
The name Jervaulx is derived from Yore Vale, Yore being the old name for the River Ure.
At the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1536, Jervaulx suffered grievously and much of the stone removed to construct other buildings in the locality.
The last Abbott, Adam Sedbar was taken to the Tower of London for his execution.
The pleasant 'parkland' around Jervaulx Abbey which is mainly inhabited by sheep and the end of the walk - now we head for a little refreshment.
The Jervaulx Abbey tearoom cafe is most pleasant place to have a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake.
A model in the tea room cafe shows what Jervaulx Abbey would have been like when fully built.
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