23 January 2018

Finchale Abbey

Finchale Abbey (pronounced Finkle) is a 13th century Benedictine Priory by the River Wear in Durham. The priory is grade I listed and managed by the English Heritage. As with most priories and abbeys, Finchale was dissolved in 1536 by my 14 times great-grandfather, Henry VIII.

The carpark is £3, whether you stay for an hour or all day. Dating back to 1196 a lot of the abbey ruins are still intact and are quite impressive as you wander round. The ruins in the picture below reminded me of those at Fountains Abbey. 

After exploring the abbey, we crossed the bridge over the River Wear and walked along the woodland footpath there, alongside the river. There are two paths – one leading through woodland and the other that would eventually take you to nearby Durham (although it’s a good 5-mile walk!)

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