Abbeys Trip



The perfect trip is at your finger tips. North Yorkshire is famous for it's Abbeys and this trip covers the best of them. Designed to fit into a weeks hire, if the Abbeys Trip floats your boat, simply click on the link above and book a week.


Campsites to book:


The Cud Life         Night 1 and Night 6

Tarn House          Night 2

Old Station           Night 3

Cote Ghyll            Night 4

River Laver           Night 5

Day 1: The Open Road

Collection of Indie the eDub is any time from 2pm so instead of cramming in an abbey on the first day, lets enjoy the open road. We’ve chosen a perfect little campsite for you to aim for called The Cud Life, just outside Harrogate. Head West from eDub HQ towards Ripley. At the first roundabout you find, take the first exit towards Harrogate. After Killinghall; The Cud Life is on your left (also signed as ‘Cooking Fantastic’). There’s a lovely little shop on site and cafe or you could wander into Killinghall to one of the pubs for tea. You’ve also got plenty of charge to explore Harrogate, a main town with loads of places to eat.

Day 2: Bolton Abbey

 22 miles: A beautiful Cistercian Abbey on the River Wharfe


Leave the campsite and head back into Killinghall. Turn left onto B6161 signposted to Otley. Turn right onto A59. This main road passes through some beautiful Dales countryside, over Blubberhouse Moor and eventually reaches a roundabout at the bottom a large hill, just after the river crossing. Turn right on B6160 to Bolton Abbey.

Enjoy the Abbey, the river, stepping stones, paddling or admire the river as it passes through the Strid – a narrow rushing torrent with underground caves and terrifying stories about what will happen if you fall in!

Once you enjoyed your day and refuelled yourself in the Cavendish Pavilion tearooms, turn back to the A59, turn right at the roundabout and on to Skipton, a pretty market town to get provisions. Your eDub approved campsite is Tarn House Holiday Park, just 14 miles further on from Bolton abbey.  Turn onto A65 at Skipton bypass, at the next roundabout, take the second exit onto Raikes Road, turn right onto While Hills lane and then right onto Bog lane. The campsite is on your right.

Day 3: Jervaulx Abbey

39 miles: Drive up magnificent Wharfedale and down Wensleydale to this dramatic ruined Cistercian abbey


Today’s trip is 52 miles though the most iconic places in Yorks, sit back and enjoy!

Head right on the B6265 from the campsite to Grassington and enjoy the fabulous Wharfedale scenery as you head up the dale. Grassington is a lovely spot for lunch and the river is a good place for a picnic. As you head on up the dale past Kettlewell the scenery gets wilder and there’s plenty of places to pull over and put the kettle on while you admire the view. The road then goes over Kidstones, don’t worry, Indie has plenty of power for this type of hill and you’ll get some charge back as you drive down Bishopdale. You’ll reach the pretty village of West Burton , take a detour to the spectacular Aysgarth Falls or join the A684 heading to Wensley, from where the dale gets its name – the river is the Ure.  Bolton Castle can be seen on your left on the other side of the dale. In Wensley bear right on the A6108 to Middleham; lots of history and a castle here to complement the abbeys. Jervaulx abbey is a couple of miles further on the same road, carpark on the right, and abbey on the left. This lovely abbey is set in 126 acres of parkland, plus tea rooms and visitors' centre. Honesty box for admission.

After a wander round this lovely unspoilt place (and cake in the tearoom), Brymor ice cream parlour and farm is on your right , if you’ve got room. Your campsite is 13 miles further down the road in Masham. Pass through the pretty market town and stop for supplies, the campsite is the other side of the town on the site of the old railway. Indie has been here lots of times and the campsite is very welcoming and well equipped.


Day 4: Grace Priory

21 miles: Drive out of the Dales and into the North Yorks Moors to this ruin of a 14th-century Carthusian priory


Turn right out of campsite and bear left onto the B6267 and then sharp left onto the B6268 to Bedale after a mile or so. Thorpe Perrow with a falconry centre and lovely woodland walks is on your right. Drive though Bedale, another traditional dales market town and out of the Dales National Park. Drive quickly past Leeming Bar, crossing over the A1 and head to Northallerton on the A684, the county town of North Yorkshire with a decent high street in the Vale of York. Now you’re heading for the North York Moors which you can see in front of you. Keep on the A684 signposted to Stokesley until you reach the A19, which runs alongside the national park. Mount Grace priory is less than a mile up the A19 on the right. Or you can head for the campsite and walk to the priory through Scarth Wood Moor. 

Turn right immediately after the A19 to Osmotherley. Turn left in the village (plenty of good places to eat), which is the start of the Lyke Wake Walk (look it up). Once on the other side of the village follow Quarry Lane and the campsite is on your right.

Day 5: Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey

14 miles, then 10 miles: Two beautiful ruins in the North Yorks Moors – one in a hidden valley, one in the foothills of the National Park


Today’s trip takes you through the North Yorks Moors scenery, visiting two abbeys on the way, before driving to Ripon.

Leave the campsite and drive back through Osmotherley. Turn left up Burnthouse Bank on to the top of the moors – the views! Head to the village of Hawnby and turn left. You meet the B1247 as the road comes down again and go straight on (bear right), turn right onto Reivaulx Terrace towards Rievaulx Abbey. 


Rievaulx Abbey (ree-voh ) is a former Cistercian abbey in Rievaulx, near Helmsley. Headed by the Abbot of Rievaulx, it was one of the wealthiest abbeys in England until it was dissolved by Henry VIII of England in 1538. Its ruins are a tourist attraction, owned and maintained by English Heritage. Sited in a narrow valley, there are lovely walks around the abbey and the pretty town of Helmsley.

Once back in Indie we’re headed for Byland Abbey. First make your way to Helmsley; this pretty market town is worth a visit. Go back onto the B1257 and turn right towards Helmsley. Once you’ve had your fill of Helmley, take the A170 towards Thirsk. After 1.5 miles or so take a left on B1257 Low Street which takes you off the moors signposted to Ampleforth. Ampleforth School, retreat centre and monastery is on your left once you bear right following the signs. Once you reach the village of Wass, turn left and you will see Byland Abbey near the road.

It was founded as a Savigniac abbey in January 1135 and was absorbed by the Cistercian order in 1147. It was not an easy start for the community who had had to move five times before settling at New Byland, near Coxwold in 1177. Its early history was marked by disputes with no fewer than four other religious establishments: (Furness Abbey, Calder Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey and Newburgh Priory). However, once it had overcome this bad start, it was described in the late 14th century as "one of the three shining lights of the north". Its financial success was not as great as that of places like Rievaulx, but it was famed for its sheep rearing and wool exports. Its church was said to be among the finest 12th-century churches in Europe.

This wild ruin is a rare gem and once you’ve absorbed its stillness and peace, get back into Indie and head for your next campsite. This involves a pleasant drive via Thirsk and Ripon, adistance of 22 miles

Drive on towards Coxwold, These North York Moors villages have a rare, distinct beauty, and turn left towards Thirsk.  Turn right onto the A19 and then left at the A168 if you don’t want to go into Thirsk. The A168 is a dual carriageway, which meets the A1. Don’t join the A1, come off at the roundabout and take signs to Ripon and Sharow which effectively means crossing over the A1 on series of roundabouts, well signposted. Once at the A61, the Ripon Bypass, take the second exit into Ripon. This city (really!) has a population of 10,000 and a 13th century cathedral. Your campsite is just a mile outside Ripon on the B6265, turn right towards Pateley Bridge after the Market Square.

Day 6: Fountains Abbey

1 mile: World Heritage site, we’ve saved the best till last!

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is a Grade I listed building owned by the National Trust and part of the designated Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Turn right out of your campsite and drive about a mile until you see the sign for Studley Roger on your left. Ignore the signs to Fountains Abbey; they don’t take you the best way! Drive through the village and then turn right into Studley Royal deer park. Drive carefully, there are plenty of deer and they don’t have much road sense! Turn left into the car park near the lake and you can walk in the park for free or go into the Abbey grounds. 


After you’ve had your fill of Fountains Abbey, it’s time to head back to The cud life for your final night. Head back into Ripon. Take the A61 towards Harrogate. Take the 1st exit at the first Ripley roundabout and then the 2nd Exit towards Harrogate. you’ll remember the Cud life is located just outside Killinghall on your left.

Day 7: Home

Home time. To head back to eDub HQ; turn right out of the camposite, through Killinghall to the roundabout at ripley. Take the 3rd exit towards Knaresborough. After about 4 miles take a left turn into Scotton. Drive through Scotton, past the Guy Fawkes pub and onto Lingerfield, Go straight on at Lingerfield and on into Farnham. We are on your right opposite the church.




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