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“worth the walk”
Review of Shap Abbey

Shap Abbey
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Shap
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Very impressive Abbey ruins, with many parts dating from the 13th century. We walked across from Keld and the view of the Abbey from across the fields is very picturesque.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Glad we went and saw Shap Abbey. Good history, but not loads to see. Although there is no tea shop or toilets, there is a great cafe close by, (Abbey Coffee Shop). The drive to Shap Abbey was also good.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Shap is a village and civil parish located among fells and dales in Cumbria. It has a handful of shops and pubs you can count on your fingers. Although it is a small village geographically, it can be legally called a market town ( a market cross is firmly footed), with a charter dating back from the 17th century. The settlement grew up to house workers from the nearby pink rock granite quarries, the stone from which was used in the building St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial in London. Shap Abbey remains is maintained by the English Heritage, was established here in 1199 with later addition in the 14th century, the last to be founded in England and the last to have been dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540. The British film Withnail and I with Richard E Grant was shot in and around Shap and the famous Shap Wells Hotel in the Shap Valley has a mineral spa located in the grounds but no longer used; the hotel was also used as a prisoner of war camp during WWII; not forgetting Shap is surrounded by umpteen Herdwick sheep. Alfred Wainwright, a Cumbrian man devised and wrote a book in 1973 Coast to Coast Walk - a long distance walk from the Lake District to the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors (from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood's Bay) which he himself took on after his retirement as a treasurer at Kendal Town Hall, but for some it is still a challange. If anyone is up for it, then first you should invest in his book, which is still available in a good book shop. Overall: worth a visit just for the scenery and relaxation.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This was a challenging attraction as it is down a very steep hill. History of the abbey was interesting but no tea room or toilets which is a shame as it would have been useful as you could walk several paths to this site.

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

There is a great deal to see in the surrounding area of Shap and Shap Abbey is a delight. Also i did try to visit the Bird of Prey Centre within the grounds of Lowther Abbey but unfortunately it does not open till 5th April so i went to see Lowther Castle instead which was wonderful! My trip on Ullswater Lake was so enjoyable, although the weather was not too great. My favourite was my visit to Hawswater which was breathtaking and just before i drove there i stopped at the Hawswater Hotel were i was able to capture the beautiful red squirrels that were running around happily.

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