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Marrick Abbey, Swaledale, Coast to Coast path

Marrick Abbey, Swaledale, Coast to Coast

Shortly after leaving Reeth, on the Coast to Coast path, having left the River Swale at Ewlop Hill, the path again nears the Swale where it passes beside Marrick Abbey. This used to be the remains of a priory for Benedictine Nuns but was converted about 1970 into a residential and outdoor education centre. When we passed it, there were scores of teenagers drifting around pursuing various tasks to keep them active in the outdoors. Marick Abbey is a grade II Listed Building.

There is quite a history to the Abbey, dating back to its erection as a Benedictine Nunnery around 1154 by one Roger de Aske, during the reign of King Henry II. In 1540 the prioress and her 16 nuns were evicted as part of the Dissolution of Monasteries. Thereafter the abbey was leased by the Crown to Sir John Uvedale who later purchased it. He sold it in 1592 to Sir Timothy Marske who in turn sold it to the Blackburn family, of Blackburn Hall in 1545. It was used as a place of worship until 1948 and was thereafter used as a farm building.
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The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.

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