Having lived in the area in the past I always return to the abbey and it has some happy memories. We took our children here and picnicked amongst the ruins and played hide and seek. I have sat and meditated with the bubbling River Swale and the birds providing the perfect background sounds. A local, many years ago told of the legend that when the walls of the abbey fall it will herald the end of the world. There is a perfect walk to Richmond where you can retrace the steps of the little drummer boy. Next to the abbey is St Agatha's church which is well worth a visit and if you walk past the church up the road to the corner of the fenced field on the left you will find the echo stone. Stand on it and shout to the hills and you will get the echo back. Children of all ages love this and every visit i stand on the stone and shout!
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