Well worth stopping here, not just to walk the dog, but also to enjoy the atmosphere and gothic ruins of this ruined abbey. Great place for a picnic if you're organised enough.
GPS coords for car park: 53.4044, -1.1862 Free parking 0600 to 1830. When the Abbey (English Heritage) is open WC+disabled available.
This is a circular walk around the perimeter of the abbey ruins. Leave the car park and walk through the gate towards the entrance to the abbey. Pass the English Heritage office on the right and continue to the green footpath signs and turn right, following the direction of the 'Doorstep' walk. Keep the ruins to the right and climb over a stile to cross the fast-running stream. The path takes you past a little waterfall, and after this the circular route goes over the stepping stones above. Then walk with the lake on the left and follow the path as it winds back to the car park. If your dog won't go over the stepping stones, there is the option to continue on the left-bearing Doorstep path as far as you wish and then turning round to retrace the route back to the car park and avoiding the stones. Wheelchair users: the information board states that there is an access path. As far as we could see, this runs from the entry gate, past the ruins, and a little way into the grassy land beyond. In wet weather this could be soft ground.
stbaumannGreen 39 Points
Lovely walk with plenty of off lead running for the dogs. They loved it!! However the security of the location is not very good. We left our car for about 45 mintues to find that someone has broken into the car and stolen some personal belongings. :(
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