Walking

Easy Routes

Ripon - Newby Hall (Opposite Bank)

Distance: 7.8 Miles

An easy walk starting and ending at the canal basin with a chance to see Newby Hall & the herbaceous borders from the opposite bank.

Once at Newby Hall, you can either continue on the path to Roecliffe or turn around and repeat your steps back to the canal basin.

(The path after the old military training site can be overgrown in summer months but is passable)

(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 Canal Wheelchair 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.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Ripon - 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.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Ripon Sanctuary Short Route

Distance: 5.3 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.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Ripon - Studley Royal Deer Park

Distance: 6 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.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Hackfall Woods Circular Trail

Distance: 2.4 Miles

This route is local to Ripon but starts between Grewelthorpe & Masham, meaning that participants will need access to transport.

Hackfall woods may look completely natural today a but it is in fact another of  John Aislabie’s projects and was bought for the princely sum of £906 in 1731 before being transformed by multiple custodians into what you see today.

It wasn’t always so picturesque, with the period between the 1930’s and 2007 almost being the end for the site as extensive logging and lack of maintenance left the majority of the water features, ponds, and lakes to fill with sediment and many of the footpaths and monuments became overgrown and derelict.

In 2007, the site was restored with help from a £1 millon heritage lottery grant that allowed for a full restoration and the construction of a car park to accomodate the multitude of vehicles that visit the site each year.

(The car park is closed from September to December 2020 to allow for essential maintenance and upgrades)

Visitors are advised to park in Grewelthorpe Village or on Masham Moor.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Intermediate Routes

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.

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.

Brimham Rocks Pastures & Panoramas

Distance: 6.3 Miles

The pastures and panoramas walk encompasses stunning panoramic views across North Yorkshire & the ancient pastures of upper Nidderdale.

 

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Challenging Routes

Traditional Yorkshire Three Peaks

Distance: 26.2 Miles

Starting in Horton in Ribblesdale the traditional Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk encompasses Pen Y Ghent, Ingleborough & Whernside.

The route is especially challenging with elements of scrambling and bouldering required towards the top of the three peaks.

It is highly reccomended that this route is only attempted by those with storn map reading and navigational skills as there are a lot of different routes and paths.

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.

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.

Prior Richard (Cistercian Route)

Distance: 31.5  Miles

The Prior Richard walk is a modern version of the route taken by the Cistercian monks took between St Mary’s Abbey in York & Fountain’s Abbey near Ripon.

This is a challenging walk that covers over 30 miles and requires strong navigation skills due to the number of waypoints and paths.

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

Click HERE to download the first stage- York- Whixley.

Click HERE to download the second stage- Whixley- Fountains Abbey Via Ripon.

Click HERE to download the Third stage- Whixley- Fountains Abbey.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

National Trust Guidance - IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The National Trust has confirmed that all car parks other than the main visitor centre car park are closed to vehicles until further notice.

 

  • If you plan to drive to Fountains Abbey or Studley Royal to start a route, please book a parking space HERE prior to your visit as parking is strictly bookings only until further notice.

 

  • In the autumnal months (September – November) the deer are within their annual rutting season and may be very vocal and aggressive towards each other and bystanders. Please do not approach stags or any other deer and be observant of your surroundings.

 

  • Please DO NOT park in the village at Studley Roger or any of the back roads surrounding the Fountains Abbey Estate as doing so causes obstructions to local residents, farmers, and emergency vehicles.

 

  • Please keep all dogs on short leads and be cautious of cattle grazing.

 

  • There are cattle in Mackershaw Deer park and surrounding fields. Please keep dogs on a lead and keep your distance from cattle, even on the footpath.

 

  • Where possible, please start your walk in Ripon and adhere to all social distancing and COVID- 19 Rules and Regulations.

 

 

The Aislabie Walk

Distance: 7.5 Miles – 17.5 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.

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.

Markenfield Hall, Fountains Abbey & Ripon

Distance: 10.2 Miles

THIS ROUTE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO START AND END IN RIPON.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

Seven Bridges Walk

Distance: 3.8 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.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

Fountains Abbey & Markenfield Hall

Distance: 6.5 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.

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.

Boots, Gaiters & Vistas Walk

Distance: 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.

Fountains Abbey Ancient Trees Walk

Distance: 2.5 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.

Click HERE to download the route and more information.

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