Abbey Trail

Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds


Whitby Abbey

187 kilometres / 116 miles linear walkingg route 

approximate walking time  9 stages calorie consumption guide11659 KCal


Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors - Western area

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL27 North York Moors - Eastern area

Ordnance Survey Explorer 288 Bradford & Huddersfield

Ordnance Survey Explorer 289 Leeds

Ordnance Survey Explorer 297 Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley

Ordnance Survey Explorer 298 Nidderdale

Ordnance Survey Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge

Ordnance Survey Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk

The beautiful Yorkshire countryside is home to some of England's greatest abbeys, and along The Abbey Trail you have the opportunity to visit no less than seven of these historic buildings. Included are Kirkstall, Fountains, Byland, Rievaulx, Lastingham, Rosedale and Whitby. Although The Abbey Trail is 116 miles long and can be completed as a long-distance walk, it is also divided into eight one-day sections.

The Abbey Trail also takes the walker past a variety of other places of historic interest such as Otley (the birth of Chippendale), Ripon with its wonderful cathedral built in 1220, and Whitby with its historic harbour and old town.

Kirkstall Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Abbey Trail stage 5 Thirsk to Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey

Abbey Trail stage 6 Byland Abbey to Helmsley

Byland Abbey Silhoutte

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Abbey Trail stage 7 Helmsley to Rosedale Abbey

Lastingham Abbey

St Mary's Church now stands on the site of the original Lastingham Abbey

St Mary's Church Lastingham 

Rosedale Abbey

Rosedale Abbey pillar Rosedale Abbey church

Whitby Abbey


The Cottage Gillamoor 

Blacksmiths Arms Lastingham


Abbey Trail 

The Abbey Trail Author Clive Newsome ISBN 9781850588030


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