Roche Abbey – A Cistercian monastery within walking distance of Throapham House

Roche Abbey is within walking distance of Throapham House. Taking about an hour to reach on foot it forms part of an enjoyable walk of some 8 miles which also takes in the nearby villages of Laughton en le Morthen, Slade Hooton and Brookhouse.

visit Heritage Trail website… Discover the history of Roche Abbey on the Heritage Trail website.

  • Walking alongside the top of the valley from Laughton en le Morthen towards Roche Abbey provides some great views over the surrounding countryside towards Brookhouse.
  • The path descending the valley side through the woods can be slippery after wet weather. Make sure you are properly dressed and have appropriate footwear.
  • You can return along the bottom of the valley climbing back up to pass through the villages of Slade Hooton and Brookhouse before reaching Laughton.
  • Try a Sunday lunch at the Travellers Rest in Brookhouse.
  • Roche Abbey is not open every day so please check before you go. However, the meadows and public footpaths around the Abbey are accessible at all times.
  • The car park barrier is locked promptly – please check the times when you arrive.
  • Did you know that the village cricket pitch at Brookhouse once played host to Top Gear in “Jeremy drives a Reliant Robin part 2 (series 15, episode 1)”? The Brookhouse section is at 3:20 but the entire episode is very entertaining.

Videos of Roche Abbey from YouTube



Getting there from Throapham House

Roche Abbey is just a short drive from Throapham House but it also makes a nice walk when the weather is fine. If you would like to walk then we have some easy local walks which take in the Abbey. An OS map of the area is also available in our guest lounge for those who would like to follow the slightly more challenging paths.


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Chatsworth House on BBC TV

Last Monday saw the first of three programmes following a year in the life of Chatsworth House. When I watch excellent programmes like this on our great historic houses I’m reminded that Ann and I have a responsibility to future generations to treat our far more modest home with a bit of TLC.

If you missed it you can catch up here BBC iPlayer – Chatsworth House – Episode 1.

As the Duke of Devonshire says, it’s a “most amazing place” and we’ve got to agree!