Only a few minutes from the campsite we’ve been to last month, was Shap Abbey. It’s managed by the English Heritage, it has free entry and free parking nearby. The abbey looks beautiful and the views are stunning. There aren’t a lot of information boards, but they are doing restoration works, so more boards might show up after this.
The abbey was founded in the 12th century by Thomas, a local baron. Shap Abbey was one of 32 religious houses in Britain belonging to the Premonstratensian order of canons. The tower dates from the 15th century. In mid 16th century, after the dissolution, the land was granted to the Governor of Carlisle. Part of the Abbey was used as a farm, but most of it was dismantled for materials.
It’s not big, but it’s lovely. It’s in a remote place with fields and livestock nearby, a box with refreshments with an honesty box, I already blogged about it in my post Weekend away in Cumbria.