The University of York Outdoor Society

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Byland Abbey

On the south west edge of the Moors, between Thirsk and Helmsley, this abbey was the home of Cisterian monks from 1177. It is just ruins now, but from what remains of it, the most impressive is the church, which remains one of the abbey's treasures. Unfortunately, the abbey fell into decline after the Black Death in the fourteenth century.

Also on the walk is the Oldstead Observatory, built on the splendidly named Mount Snever, by John Wormold, who lived at Oldstead Hall in the Valley below, in celebration of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne. Ay 349metres it is high enough to view the beautiful surroundings.

A view around Byland Abbey