Wheel Friendly Walk around National Trust’s Fountain Abbey

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Walk Details
The path from the main entrance to the abbey  is  steep and not ideal for manual wheelchairs, but there is disabled access to the abbey  from the West Gate car park which has designated blue badge parking.  From here it is possible to pre booked an electric scooter. The café and toilets are both wheelchair accessible.

The ruins of the abbey are accessed via grassed area. There are a few ramps to the main part of the ruins.  Some of these ramps are quite steep.

The staff at the information desk advised that the path up to the Surprise view was steep. It was steep idea! But once again the Whill tackled the hill and the views were rewarding.

Deb’s verdict
If in North Yorkshire I advise planning a visit to Fountains Abbey… but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to truly enjoy this magnificent estate.

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