Hello Beth, Jon, Phee, Ben, Poppy, Brian, Luna and Zeph! We have really enjoyed visiting wild ruins together as a couple, and thought it would be ever so fitting to suggest a little adventure to an amazing wild ruin near Newcastle. Maybe you could plan a trip together! If and when you manage to visit it, please take a selfie for us <3 we love you xxx

Egglestone Abbey
On the River Tees, DL12 9RS

A pleasant two-mile walk from Barnard Castle (but there is also parking on site), the 12th century Premonstratensian Abbey of Egglestone is a substantial ruin on the banks of the river Tees. There are rooms to explore and stairs to climb. However, despite its size and location, near the Bowes Museum and Barnard Castle, it retains an air of tranquillity. Egglestone was always notoriously poor; it struggled to keep the required number of 12 canons and it often couldn't pay its taxes. At one point in its history, it was debated whether it should be stripped of its abbey status and downgraded to a priory.

Map co-ordinates: 54.5312, -1.9050

Excerpt from 'Wild Ruins' by Dave Hamilton