Lavender and Cider
There is a wonderful variety of plant life in the North Yorkshire Wold, some wild and some cultivated by man. Your first stop of the day will be Yorkshire Lavender, an award winning Lavender farm set within the Howardian Hills. You can wander through the fields filled with lavender of all different colours; whites, pinks, blues and lilacs. There are a range of delightful scents so this really is a treat for all of your senses. There are several differently themed gardens as well as the tearoom and well stocked gift shop if you fancy taking some lavender home. Why not try a tasty lavender treat such as a lavender scone or lavender shortbread? The views across the hillside are spectacular so take the time to sit and just admire the beauty of nature.
Ampleforth is still a working Abbey with a community of monks who lead all the activities. In addition to the stunning architecture and landscape, the Abbey has an orchard and cider mill where they make a large range of products to use and sell, such as cider, beer honey and beeswax candles. You will immediately feel the peace of the building and learn all about the life of a modern day monk and how Ampleforth has reached out and created world wide links. Visit the visitor centre for the history of the order. Browse the well stocked gift shop for some exclusive products to take home. Above all, find a comfortable place to sit and take time for some quiet contemplation, admiring the beautiful views down the hillside.
March - October 2018
Meet your guide en route to Terrington
There will be time to get a coffee and a lavender treat, wander through the lavender or visit the shop and plant nursery to pick up a souvenir to take home.
Lunch at Ampleforth Abbey
On arrival at this working Abbey set in stunning landscape, you will be served a delicious lunch as follows:
Soup of the day (this changes daily)
Mixed platter of sandwiches which include:
Smoked salmon & peeled cucumber sandwiches with fresh lemon
Home baked honey glazed ham sandwiches with plum tomatoes & parsley mayonnaise
Mature Cheddar cheese sandwiches with Ampleforth Abbey Beer Chutney
Free range egg sandwiches in creamy mayonnaise topped with watercress
Homemade Ampleforth Apple Cake
Tea and Coffee
Orchard and Cider Mill Tour
You will have a guided tour of the apple orchards, still worked by the monks and used in the production of a range of goods such as cider, liqueurs and apple juice. The best time for cider production is the autumn but the Abbey and grounds are a delight all year round.
Depart for your journey home
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