Walking

Spinny Hill

Distance: 0.7 Miles

Route Type: Off-Road

A small pocket of woodland just off Whitcliffe Lane with jumps and offroad trails.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Hell Wath Circuit

Distance: 2.7 Miles

A mixed road and off-road circuit that encompasses Hell Wath & Whitcliffe Lane.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Studley Royal Ancient Trees

Distance: 4.2 Miles

The Ancient Trees walk utilises the many bridlepaths and footpaths that criss-cross the Studley Royal Deer Park and showcases some of the ancient trees.

The walk starts at the visitor centre but due to COVID-19, all visitors are required to book a car parking space and a time slot on the National Trust website.

This walk will take participants through active farms and fields of cattle so caution is advised.

The route may not be accessible for people with mobility issues due to the lack of paved footpaths and remote fields.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Studley Royal Seven Bridges Walk

Distance: 8.3 Miles

The Seven Bridges walk starts at the main waterfall outlet for the lake in Studley Deer Park and follows the valley along until turning right at the end of the valley and returning to the star point via Mackershaw Deer Park.

The walk is supposed to start at Studley Royal Deer Park but due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the car park has been closed to all vehicles until further notice.

For this reason, this route has been diverted to start in Ripon as there is currently no provision for car parking in any of the National Trust car parks without prior booking.

The route may not be accessible for people with mobility issues due to the lack of paved footpaths and remote fields.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Fountains Abbey & Markenfield Hall

Distance: 8.8 Miles

The Fountains Abbey & Markenfield Hall walk, encompasses the ruins of Fountain’s Abbey, Markenfield Hall and medieval farmhouses.

The walk starts at the visitor centre but due to COVID-19, all visitors are required to book a car parking space and a time slot on the National Trust website.

This walk will take participants through active farms and fields of cattle so caution is advised.

The route may not be accessible for people with mobility issues due to the lack of paved footpaths and remote fields.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

The PDF Document was created by Nidderdale Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the original can be downloaded HERE.

The route was uploaded separately due to the link not always working as intended. No copyright infringement intended.

The Aislabie Walk

Distance: 22.6 Miles

The Aislabie walk encompasses the picturesque Laver Banks, Hackfall Woods & Studley Deer Park and can be completed with three walks, varying in distance from 7.5 miles to 17.5 miles.

The walk is supposed to start in the car park at Studley Royal Deer Park but due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the car park has been closed to all vehicles until further notice.

For this reason, this route has been diverted to start in Ripon as there is currently no provision for car parking in any of the National Trust car parks without prior booking.

The route may not be accessible for people with mobility issues due to the lack of paved footpaths and remote fields.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

The PDF Document was created by The Aislabie Walk and the original can be downloaded HERE.

The route was uploaded separately due to the link not always working as intended. No copyright infringement intended.

Fishergreen Circuit

Distance: 0.9 Miles

A very easy mixed terrain walk starting and ending at the ford near Wolseley on Firs Avenue.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

 

Littlethorpe Short Circuit

Distance: 2.9 Miles

An easy walk through Littlethorpe that is suitable for all the family.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Sanctuary Short Route

Distance: 5.8 Miles

The Ripon Sanctuary route is said to date back to 937 A.D. when King Athelstan granted sanctuary rights, in part due to the liberty of St Wilfrid.

To mark the boundary of the sanctuary, eight sanctuary markers were erected around the city limits. Throughout the passing centuries, most of these markers have been lost, removed, or destroyed but one in Sharow Village can still be seen today.

In 2005, the Rotary Club of Ripon and the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels reinstated replicas of the original markers and linked them together to create the route we know today.

This route is the shortest of the three options and takes approximately two hours to complete.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Ripon - Fountains Abbey & How Hill Circuit

Distance: 8.7 Miles

A walk encompassing How Hill Tower & Whitcliffe Lane

(Parts of Whitcliffe Lane are in a state of disrepair)

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Boots, Gaiters & Vistas Walk

Distance: 9.5 Miles

The Boots, Gaiters & Vistas walk offers a unique perspective of the Fountain’s Abbey Estate.

The walk starts at the visitor centre but due to COVID-19, all visitors are required to book a car parking space and a time slot on the National Trust website.

This walk will take participants through active farms and fields of cattle so caution is advised.

The route may not be accessible for people with mobility issues due to the lack of paved footpaths and remote fields.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Ripon Rowel Walk (Full Length)

Distance: 50.6 Miles

The Ripon Rowel walk is a challenging walk that covers over 50 miles and a variety of towns and villages as it winds its way across the countryside.

The walk is split into five sections and can be done in segments or as a whole.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the first segment- Ripon- South Stainley.

Click HERE to download the second segment- South Stainley – Sawley.

Click HERE to download the Third segment- Sawley- Ilton.

Click HERE to download the Fourth segment- Ilton- Grewelthorpe.

Click HERE to download the Fifth segment-  Grewelthorpe – Ripon.

Canal Side Accessible Route

Distance: 1.2  Miles

This route is designed to enable those with mobility issues to explore the towpath alongside Ripon Canal.

Starting at the canal basin, the route follows approximately 1.2 miles of towpath to Nicholson’s Bridge.  The surface consists of compacted hardcore and flagstones but can occasionally become quite boggy following periods of heavy rain or snow etc.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

St Wilfrid's Procession

Distance: 3.1 Miles

An easy walk following the annual St Wilfrid’s Procession route that is suitable for all the family.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

 

Studley Royal Deer Park

Distance: 7.4 Miles

This route starts at Ripon Cathedral and follows the River Skell up to where it converges with the River Laver at High Cleugh, before diverting along Studley Road to follow the public footpath to Studley Rodger.

At the end of the footpath in Studley Rodger, the route advises turning left and following the track up past Plumpton Hall and down towards the end of the seven bridges valley, but you can continue straight ahead to access the deer park.

To return to Ripon, you can either re-trace your steps or follow the advised route.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Bishop Monkton Circuit

Distance: 8.8 Miles

Starting in Ripon Market Square, this route takes you along Ripon Canal and a beatiful stretch of the River Ure to Bishop Monkton before returning to Ripon with the option to either go through Littlethorpe or re-trace your steps back along the towpath alongside the canal.

UPDATE: Monday 4th January 2021

The canal tow path between Nicholson’s & Renton’s Bridges is currently closed due to excessive mud and damage to the paths.

Please continue the route by crossing Nicholson’s Bridge and following the road through Littlethorpe Village until the track rejoins the tow path at Rentons Bridge.

PLEASE NOTE: The track into Littlethorpe Village is quite muddy with deep puddles so please wear sensible footwear.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Ripon Sanctuary Walk (Long Route)

Distance: 10.6 Miles

The Ripon Sanctuary route is said to date back to 937 A.D. when King Athelstan granted sanctuary rights, in part due to the liberty of St Wilfrid.

To mark the boundary of the sanctuary, eight sanctuary markers were erected around the city limits. Throughout the passing centuries, most of these markers have been lost, removed, or destroyed but one in Sharow Village can still be seen today.

In 2005, the Rotary Club of Ripon and the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels reinstated replicas of the original markers and linked them together to create the route we know today.

Due to the ongoing national lockdown government advice dictates to exercise locally.

Please only attempt this route if you live within a feasible walking or cycling distance.

Please do NOT drive to this location until the government allows non-essential travel.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

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