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Studley Roger & the church of St. Mary

These beautiful Autumn afternoons are fast disappearing, especially if you have to complete a few hours hard labour in the garden, before you can escape to the country!

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Following the quite enjoyable axe-weilding frenzied destruction of our predecessors horrific planter troughs, chopping into bite-size chunks for the fire, and round trip to ditch 3 tonnes of soil at the tip (Or recycling centre to give it the full name, where everyone else from Ripon and surrounding area also seemed to be) there remained a two hour window to walk, snap some shots and enjoy beautiful Yorkshire.

The church in the distance is the Church of St Mary, in the grounds of Studley Royal Park at Fountains Abbey, crucially around 5 minutes drive from the tip in Ripon.

Where else other than a Victorian Gothic Revival church would you go for a stroll on a Sunday after doing your outside jobs?

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The parkland here is simply beautiful, especially in this light, at the end of a long wet autumn weekend.

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Parking in Studley Roger, making sure not to upset the locals, we passed through the gate house and up the entirely straight 1.2 mile road to St Mary’s, at the top of the park, all the time looking out for, but never spotting the (rutting) deer in the park.


This is a beautiful park and as soon as I have renewed our NT membership, we will be back for a full-on day out to take in Fountains Abbey and gardens as well – whatever the season or weather, clearly this is one place we will always return to (and I don’t mean the tip).

2 thoughts on “Studley Roger & the church of St. Mary

    1. thanks!
      you are sort of right, i am no scientist but I think that my leica camera gives a very film like look, especially on wide open shallow depth of field shots at f 1.4 – and that is what i am aiming for. early days but the more i can build on this the better. thanks for looking!

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