A couple of winters ago with had an afternoon at Sawley Abbey. There isn't a great deal left of the Abbey, but on a better day it makes a great place to think about history.
This Cistercian Abbey was built in 1149 and existed on the site until the dissolution in 1536
The last two abbots of the monastery were both executed. Thomas Bolton was executed for his resistance to the dissolution and William Trafford was executed for his part in the Pilgrimage of Grace
Fortunately today you can enjoy a pleasant walk around the ruins and then a walk along the river bank followed by a dinner or better still Sunday lunch at the Spread Eagle