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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.

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 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

There is good car parking by the Jervaulx Abbey Tearoom! (PLEASE put 1 in the honesty box)

 

Abbey ruins Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

The walk starts from the fields-parkland of Jervaulx Park, in which the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey lie.

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Jervaulx Parkland graizing sheep Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

You head west through Jervaulx Park towards Lane House ...

 

Kilgram Lane Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... and along Kilgram Lane through very well kept 'parkland' ...

 

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... passing a large clean pond used for fishing.

The small lake pond in Jervaulx Park Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

Kilgram Bridge Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

Looking west up the River Ure to lower Wensleydale.

 

head west across the fields to Woodhouse and onto the village of Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

You turn left immediately and head west across the fields to the farm hamlet of Woodhouse and onto the village of Thornton Steward ...

 

pleasant views of lower Wensleydale Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... with pleasant views of lower Wensleydale.

 

village green of Thornton Steward with the old green pump Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

The village green of Thornton Steward with the old green pump on the left.

 

The old Manse of Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

The old Manse of Thornton Steward.

 

1925 Institute building at the top right of the village green of Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

The 1925 Institute building at the top right of the village green of Thornton Steward.

 

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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 Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

East end view of St Oswald's Church, Thorton Steward

 

West end view and entrance to St Oswald's Church, Thorton Steward Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

West end view and entrance to St Oswald's Church, Thorton Steward

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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.

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Looking east down the nave to the altar of St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

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 Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

Looking west down the nave to the entrance of St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward

 

Norman-Early English font from ~1210 St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey A little early Norman one light window St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey An Anglo-Saxon carving of a head-figure Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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 Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

A medieval tombstone St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward

 

The south-west Norman doorway St Oswald's Church Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey two light window in the south wall of the nave of the Decorated style from ~1330 St Oswald's Church Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey south wall of the nave, a neo-gothic two light window St Oswald's Church Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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.

 

Medieval stone coffins St Oswald's Church Thornton Steward Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

Several medieval stone coffins lie in the churchyard.

 

The graveyard of St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

The graveyard of St Oswald's Church, Thornton Steward

 

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After St Oswald's Church you continue west across the fields ...

 

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A curious hollow tree trunk with a locked door!!

 

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.... passing St Oswald ...

 

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... and on through what feels like more parkland ...

 

Danby Hall ancestral home of the Scrope family Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

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... until you reach the splendid buildings of Danby Hall, in which a 15th century pele tower exists! ...

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... 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.

 Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

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After leaving the 'parkland' of Danby Hall ...

 

Low Lodge Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

The track descends from Danby Hall down to Low Lodge

 

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... you come down to the north bank of the River Ure and the buildings that were once Danby Low Mill

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Danby Low Mill on the banks of the River Ure Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

Danby Low Mill on the banks of the Rive Ure

 

Roman Catholic Church of St. Simon and St Jude Ulshaw Bridge Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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 ...

 

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... with its Crucifixion sculpture at the top and as a railway enthusiast I appreciate the gravestone of Walter Hartley in graveyard!

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

You then turn left over the wonderful four arched Ulshaw Bridge over the River Ure ...

wonderful four arched Ulshaw Bridge over the River Ure Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... with a sun-dial dated 1674 inserted in one of the refuges on the Ulshaw bridge ..

sun-dial dated 1674 inserted in one of the refuges on the Ulshaw bridge Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... and pleasant views up and down stream ...

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... and then carry on from Ulshaw Bridge to Cover Bridge by which sits the white painted Coverbridge Inn.

 

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Immediately after crossing Cover Bridge by the Cover Bridge Inn you turn left ...

Cover Bridge Inn Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

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The Cover Bridge Inn beer garden by the Cover Bridge over the Rive Cover Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

The Cover Bridge Inn beer garden by the Cover Bridge over the Rive Cover!

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... to walk along the south banks of the River Cover ...

Walking along the banks of the River Cover Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

Walking along the banks of the River Cover.

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

... which eventually merges with the River Ure near Danby Low Mill.

The confluence of the River Cover and the River Ure Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

The confluence of the River Cover and the River Ure.

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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.

 

fish ponds of the Danby and Jervaulx fly fishers (only!) in the Fish Pond Plantation Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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!

Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

Walking along the banks of the now wider River Ure.

 Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

Walking along the banks of the now wider River Ure Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

At the end of the river bank path you turn right, heading south back to Jervaulx Hall and Abbey ...

 Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

 

Return view of Jervaulx Hall Jervaulx Abbey circular walk

Return view of Jervaulx Hall.

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

At the road turn left going past 'The Old Hall' or 'Jervaulx Hall' on your left.

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

 

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 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx Abbey was founded Cistercian Monks in 1156, who originally came from Byland Abbey.

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

The name Jervaulx is derived from Yore Vale, Yore being the old name for the River Ure.

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

At the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1536, Jervaulx suffered grievously and much of the stone removed to construct other buildings in the locality.

 

 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

The last Abbott, Adam Sedbar was taken to the Tower of London for his execution.

 

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 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

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.

 

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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 Circular walk from Jervaulx Abbey

A model in the tea room cafe shows what Jervaulx Abbey would have been like when fully built.


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