So we took the opportunity of the fine weather and my wife's absence from work to have a walk from Shap across the fields to the hidden Abbey . Here we have the author and dog (who got bored posing and wandered off) with the Gogglesby Stone - a prehistoric standing stone - one of the few still standing that once was part of a prehistoric avenue - very impressive - if you like that sort of thing . (which I do - Mrs K less)
We past the little Chapel at Keld , sadly we couldn't look in it as you have to get the key from the house opposite - and they were out shopping ! .Think it's 16th century made from bits of the Abbey when it was dissolved by Henry VIII .
First view of the Abbey hidden in a valley , I haven't been here for years and we only got lost once !
It has a very impressive tower !
It is protected by English Heritage , built in 1199 it housed an Order of Premonstratensian Monks it survived the initial dissolution in 1536 but finally closed in 1540 and was subsequently robbed of stone.
Mrs K and hound .
Looking up through the tower .
We came across Mr and Mrs Walker inspecting the site .
Mr Walker like a bit of 12th century masonry (Mrs Walker less so)
The last resting place of one of the Abbots (?) (who must have been of slight build )
The site of the Guardrobes (loos) - I assume they drew their drinking water upstream from here - well I hope they did ! . We managed to get back to the car before it rained , a grand day out !