Reeth to Marrick 1 December 2017

Posted by Graham Rogers on 2016-12-01
Reeth to Marrick
Sixteen walkers joined me today for a short six-mile circular from Reeth. We set off for Grinton in some glorious winter sunshine, along the Swale, before climbing up to pass through fields via a string of stiles of varying design to reach Marrick Priory.
In the twelfth century a group of Benedictine nuns chose this spot for its beauty and solitude; it was their home for four centuries prior to eviction by Henry VIII. Thereafter it became a parish church before falling derelict. During the 1960's it was converted by the diocese into an outdoor education and residential centre.
We then climbed the gem of a flagged path, the Nuns' Causey, which linked the Priory with the village of Marrick, noting the seat on the "Turner Location Trail" (to indicate the artist painted here). On emerging we were able to enjoy refreshments with a good view.
From Marrick, paths were followed to join the old Reeth-Richmond highway, downhill to then cut across fields to High Fremington and from there a return to Reeth. The Green with its many well- situated benches provided an ideal lunch spot.
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