Fountains Abbey's parkland

The deer park at Studley Royal Water Gardens, North Yorkshire

The evocative ruins of the Cistercian abbey are set beside the grounds of Studley Royal, a medieval deer park in Yorkshire. Little wonder it was declared Yorkshire’s first World Heritage Site.

If you leave the main drive and explore the trees up close, you'll be able to appreciate the scale and detail of the trees throughout the parkland.
 
You'll see fine examples of very old sweet chestnut trees. As this species of tree gets old it produces rough ridged bark in various patterns; herring bone, criss-cross and diagonal stripes are regular themes.
 
Explore paths and avenues across the parkland and see if you can spot the deer. The park stretches over 800 acres, and it's home to over 500 red, fallow and Sika deer and a host of other wildlife.