It lies on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, by the River Swale, close to the gorgeous historic town of Richmond. There's a beautiful, quite easy walk from Richmond Station (no-longer a station, but now a lovely converted building with a cinema, food businesses and art gallery) along the river to Easby Abbey.
English Heritage describe Easby Abbey as 'one of the best preserved monasteries of the 12th century Premonstratensian order' (the white canons). It's thought to have stood since 1152 and although it's now in ruins you can still make out the gatehouse, dormitory and refectory. The church is still in use and has some rare 13th century wall paintings.
Easby is a tiny community of less than 100 people so it's a beautifully tranquil spot in which to rest and reflect. If you enjoy visiting lesser known abbeys in lovely hidden locations, take a trip to see what is left of Coverham Abbey.