Is this the UK’s most scenic cycle sportive?

Over the next few posts we’ll be highlighting some of the major landmarks riders will be passing on the route of the Ryedale Rumble.

Whichever ride you sign up for take a glance at these stunning abbeys as you pass by. Great place for family and friends to cheer on too!

Abbeys on the route of the Ryedale Rumble
Byland Abbey

This beautiful ruin, set in the shadow of the Hambleton Hills, was once one of the great northern monasteries. A truly outstanding example of early Gothic architecture, Byland inspired the design for the famous York Minster Rose Window as well as influencing many other religious buildings throughout Europe. Its splendid collection of medieval floor tiles still in situ is the largest in Europe.

Ampleforth Abbey

Home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1802. The Abbey Church is the centre of monastic life and is open to visitors all year round.

Guided tours of the Abbey Church are available every Thursday at 2:15pm or by appointment. On certain dates pre-booked tours of the Apple Orchard and Cider Mill are also available and these tours include a delicious lunch and produce sampling.

Explore the beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands or take advantage of the extensive sports facilities including a fitness gym, 9 hole golf course and swimming pool.

For rest and relaxation enjoy a refreshing cup of tea in the Tea Room, where sandwiches, lights meals and afternoon tea are served. Try a slice of delicious apple cake made with apples from our orchard.

In the Abbey Shop you will find a wide selection of gifts and monastic produce including the famous Ampleforth Cider, Abbey Beer and Brandies made using fruit from the estate.

Rievaulx Abbey

Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North.

Learn about the monks in medieval times – how they devoted their lives to spiritual matters and at the same time established a thriving business to become one of the wealthiest monasteries in Britain.

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