Visit this January

Girl enjoying the view from the Temple of Fame at Fountains Abbey

It’s the New Year and a fresh start for everybody. With winter frosts decorating the countryside, wrap up snug and warm and breathe in the bracing air as you explore. Take in new vistas as unseen landscapes at this World Heritage Site open up through the winter trees and enjoy crisp views down in to the delightful water garden from the High Ride path.

These boots were made for walking

Is there anything more satisfying on a winter’s day as the soft crunch of boots on frosty footpaths? Be sure to wear your most comfy boots as there are miles of winter walks to enjoy. Pick up one of our new walking leaflets from admissions and set out to explore.

Stretch your legs with these self guided walks

Family adventures

Who's tweeting this winter

Winter may have taken hold of the estate but the birdlife is still thriving. Here are a few of the different types of bird you may see on your walk around the grounds. There are plenty more about so let us know which birds you spot.

Recently spotted: Hawfinch

A Hawfinch sits high on a branch at Fountains Abbey
A Hawfinch sat high on a branch at Fountains Abbey
A Hawfinch sits high on a branch at Fountains Abbey

We're very excited to spot Hawfinches here at Fountains Abbey - they've not been seen here since 2009. If you see any on your visit, or get any photos, please do let us know.

Redwings (thrush)

The redwing has a cream coloured strip above its eyes with an orange-red patch over its flank. They can often be found across the winter countryside, in fields and hedgerows. These birds are on the RSPBs red list – a colour coded chart reflecting conservation priorities; red being of the highest importance.

Mistle thrush

The mistle thrush’s underside is covered in large black spots, making it a distinctive bird to spot. You’ll also notice white coloured edges to the tail. It stands very tall and can often be found singing ‘flutey’ tunes at the top of a tree.

Blue tit

The blue tit is another easily recognisable bird. It’s small and its colouring is made up of blue, yellow and white. In winter they join up into a family flock to search for food.

Coal tit

As its name suggests it’s not quite as colourful as others in the tit-family. It has a grey back and a black head, with white patches under the eyes. In winter it can be found in flocks in woodlands and gardens searching for food.

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