B is for … Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey is actually the name of the village. Bolton Priory is the name of the ecclesiastical building within the grounds. We didn't know that. The priory was founded by Augustine monks, from nearby Embsay, in the mid-twelfth century. Twenty-six canons and around 200 lay-people lived at the priory, making their living from sheep farming, [...]

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A is for … Aysgarth Falls

Just inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, between Leyburn and Hawes, can be found the village of Aysgarth. The village itself is steeped in history and dates back at least as far as the Domesday Book. It was named after the old Norse for 'open space among the oak'. We parked at the Aysgarth Falls National [...]