||[Nov. 2nd, 2008|11:26 am]
After a pause in Sunderland to buy lunch, we turned right and headed home through Yorkshire. We stopped at Rievaux Abbey- a small detour that entailed climbing Sutton Bank- one of the steepest roads in Britain- and nearly getting killed on a narrow, winding, country lane by a speeding 4X4.
Rievaux was the first Cistercian house in the north of England. Even today it's a secret place- a long way from the major roads. They charge you an exorbitant amount to park - £6.00, refundable at the gate- to deter the fell-walkers who clog up the car park with no intention of visiting the abbey.
There's a notice in the gents (probably in the ladies too) asking you not to wash your muddy boots in the sink.
I've been here before- once, twice, I forget how often- but never when the sun was shining.