Park in Osmotherley and drop steeply to the grounds of Mount Grace Priory. Visit if you wish then return via the woods. Osmotherley is an excellent village, the centre of walking in the North York Moors.
Rather than just drive up on a visit to the National Trust centre at Mount Priory I would suggest making a full half day walk through the woods from Osmotherley and making the Priory just part of the visit (impressive though it is)
The descent (and then climb back) is steep in places but the woods are interesting and the path good but I have to say the walk is included because of the views from the higher ground near Osmotherley. Mount Grace itself is apparently a Carthusian Priory (charterhouses) with the ruins fascinating and impressive. Can you imagine how impressive these buildings were when they were lived in?
There are other abbeys worth visiting not far away. The best being Rievaulx near Helmsley, Jervaulx on the banks of the River Ure and the best preserved of all Fountain’s Abbey near Ripon.
Do not be fooled by the ‘short walk’. This is 100 metres of climbing, over 300 feet. On any walk check the contour lines. The more there are the more effort the walk will be. The closer they are together the steeper the land. On this walk there are plenty and they are close together!
Walked this route on Sunday 30 September 2018.
There is now a small but pleasant cafe serving hot and cold drinks and light bites. It also has an outdoor seating area and a picnic area.
Slight improvement! We visited 14 June 17 and noted that reception does have a self service tea / coffee machine and light snacks.
There is no tea shop at Mount Grace Priory, alas!
This web site states otherwise.
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