A month out from our England trip and I’ve got photos of our mini-coach tour into the Yorkshire countryside, ablaze with autumn colors and steeped in history.

Magical Landscapes

This pastoral scene of the River Wharfe drew artists like Turner and poets like Wordsworth during the Romantic Age. Compare the misty photo we snapped with a painting by Turner in the early 1800s. I can’t verify that’s the exact view but it’s close.
River Wharfe, View from Bolton Abbey Yorkshire

Addingham Mill on the Wharfe circa 1815-20 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Manchester City Galleries http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/TW0587
Addingham Mill on the Wharfe circa 1815-20 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Manchester City Galleries, Tate, London, 2015.  http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/TW0587

We stopped at Aysgarth Falls to see the tiered waterfall. Poet Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, viewed the falls while awaiting their coach’s change of horses. Of course, Artist Turner sketched the falls.
Aysgarth Falls


They’re everywhere. We found a village shop selling local crafts. I scooped up a few ornaments made from the local sheep’s wool.
Yorkshire Sheep Grazing
Yorkshire Sheep
Yorkshire Sheep Ornaments

Quaint Villages

The Yorkshire Dales offered breathtaking rolling hills, stone walls, heather, and charming villages. Lunchtime found us in the village of Reeth, at The Kings Arms.
Reeth, Yorkshire
The Kings Arms , Reeth, Yorkshire
Reeth Lunch David and Ann Marie

Historic Ruins

Jervaulx Abbey, built in the 12th century, served the community until Henry VIII’s reign. Henry, as you may recall, disbanded all Catholic religious orders that refused to accept Anglicanism. The Catholic Church lost its property and assets. Henry’s army attempted to obliterate this particular Cistercian Abbey because its Abbot, the last  Abbot, was actively involved in an uprising against Henry VIII’s decree for the dissolution of the Catholic faith and confiscation of the church’s considerable property and wealth in England.  Today we’re left with the haunting ruins.
Jervaulx Abbey
David sensed a connection with this model of a 5’4″ monk, the average size for the period.
Jervaulx Abbey David and MonkJervaulx Abbey 2
Jervaulx AbbeyJervaulx Abbey
Here’s model of Jervaulx Abbey, only part of it, in its glory before the dissolution.
Jervaulx Abbey

We arrived at Bolton Abbey, another historic structure, as the late  afternoon autumn sun transformed the stone into gold. Alas, another priory that fell during Henry VIII’s reign.
Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Bolton Abbey, YorkshireBolton Abbey, Yorkshire

What a fabulous day — two Yanks exploring the Yorkshire countryside.

I’ll leave you with a parting shot of us modeling our flat caps. Actually, the one I’m showing off is a gift for our son.
Yorkshire flat cap

Read about our stay in the City of York where we explored the York Minster and a Viking Village. There’s also the post on the colorful and varied doors of an English village.

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Ann Marie and David

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9 Comments on Two Yanks in the Yorkshire Countryside

  1. Cindy
    November 16, 2015 at 1:48 am (5 years ago)

    Such beautiful photos!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    • irisabbey
      November 16, 2015 at 9:28 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Laura, for your kind words. I just checked out your website and saw those amazing Putz houses. You do amazing work. Oh, and I just liked you on FB.

  2. Sandi Magle
    November 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm (5 years ago)

    Very interesting, I have a friend who has written a series of historical books including that area. Deb Kinnard. Love the gorgeous pictures and the history involved. Looking forward to more posts,

    • irisabbey
      November 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm (5 years ago)

      Sandi, it was beautiful. The Yorkshire tour was one of my favorite days in out 2 weeks in England.

  3. Mary-the boondocks blog
    November 17, 2015 at 9:53 pm (5 years ago)

    What beautiful pictures. I have been watching movies about Henry. My daughter is a history buff. Such beautiful majestic priories, and it is a shame they had to be destroyed. I love all of the green in the countryside. Takes my breath away.

    • irisabbey
      November 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm (5 years ago)

      As I walked around the ruins, I found myself muttering about how selfish Henry was. Our guide reminded me that at that time corruption in the church was rampant. The church formed a well-fed eccleastical group with a huge amount of power and wealth. And Henry’s power smashed up with the church’s power — and Rome was a long way away. But I loved our trip.

  4. Parsimonious Decor Darling
    November 19, 2015 at 2:14 am (5 years ago)

    What a lovely trip, and what absolutely gorgeous photos you’ve shared! What a beautiful country. Visiting you from The Dedicated House.

    • irisabbey
      November 19, 2015 at 6:48 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words about our photos. England is enchanting, just like all the storybook pictures we’ve grown up with.


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