Photo Roadshow The sim­ple life

Foun­tains Abbey and Stud­ley Royal Wa­ter Gar­den offers peace, beauty and photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, says Justin Minns

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Foun­tains abbey offers great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, says Justin minns

Foun­tains Abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Bene­dic­tine monks from York who were look­ing for a sim­pler ex­is­tence. The ru­ins of the abbey are the largest of their kind in Eng­land, and view­ing them offers a glimpse into what life must have been like all those years ago. The beauty of the abbey is equalled by the land­scape: in the 18th cen­tury, the ru­ins were in­cor­po­rated into an el­e­gant wa­ter gar­den of ponds, stat­ues and fol­lies, cre­ated by John Ais­la­bie and his son Wil­liam. To­day Stud­ley Royal Park in­clud­ing the Ru­ins of Foun­tains Abbey is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, and rightly so. This com­bi­na­tion of abbey ru­ins, sweep­ing lakes, river­side walks, av­enues of trees and a deer park is more than enough to keep any pho­tog­ra­pher happy.

Strik­ing com­po­si­tions of the abbey ru­ins can be ob­tained by step­ping back and in­clud­ing fore­ground in­ter­est

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