Love a good walk?

Best foot forwards at Fountains Abbey

Get your walking boots on because we’ve got acres of countryside for you to explore. Download one of our walking trails or find your own way through this beautiful landscape.

From tarmac paths for buggies and wheelchairs to open parkland - we've got plenty of options for everyone to enjoy.

Feeling energetic? You could try the 50-mile Ripon Rowel challenge walk or the 10 mile Ripon Sanctuary Way walk.

Ripon and Fountains Abbey walk

Marvel at the view to Ripon Cathedral © Alexa Morton

This walk allows visitors to reach Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden via footpaths, roadways, bridleways and Studley Royal Deer Park. Allow more time than recommended if you would like to enter the Fountains Abbey & Studl…

Fountains Abbey ancient trees walk

The remarkable early-18th century Lime Avenue, framing the view to Ripon © Andrew Butler

On this circular walk you'll learn a little more about the ancient trees in the Deer Park and gain insights into 18th-century landscaping. There are three types of deer in the park: sika, fallow and red. Can you spot the difference? Please …

Boots, gaiters and vistas walk at Fountains Abbey

We've just completed a conservation project to repair the roof © Andrew Butler

This route will take you around the boundary of the estate with fantastic views of the Abbey to enjoy. After taking in the sights of the deer park, walk through the 18th-century water garden and past the Abbey.

A walk through the centuries

Explore the majestic Fountains Abbey © Andrew Butler

You'll experience time travel as you walk through the Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate, exploring the significant stages in the estate's history from 1132 to 1987. This is not a circular walk; to discover all the significant lands…

Aislabie's lost garden walk

Explore the lost Chinese Woods in Seven Bridges © Andrew Butler

Take this circular walk to see a more rustic and beautiful side of the estate. Starting at the Lake outfall, this walk follows the meandering Skell river along the steep-sided valley via a series of delightful arched bridges, of which only …

Get on your bike

If you’re caught up in cycle fever ahead of the Grand Depart, we've got plenty of opportunities for you to get on your bike - from family friendly rides and events to public bridleways to follow in the deer park.

If you're up for more of a challenge, the Way of the Roses 170 mile coast-to-coast cycle route passes through the deer park too.

Stop by the Visitor Centre, and you'll find cycle racks, refreshments, maps and a puncture repair kit just in case.

Out and about on two-wheels

Out and about on two-wheels


Discover some great walks with your dog

Interesting scents to snuffle and walks to delight our four-legged friends. Then whilst you’re supping your beverage of choice at the end of a long walk with friends at one of our tearooms, we’ll make sure your dog can do the same.

Dogs do need to be on a short lead and please 'scoop their poop'. 

Find a geocache

Join the digital treasure hunt

Geocaching is a great combination of technology with a good old fashioned treasure hunt. It's also one of our 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4.

Join a taster day, download an app and get coordinates here, or borrow our kit to explore yourself (please call in advance and reserve a GPS unit).


From beginners to Olympians, parkrun is for everyone! We'll be hosting regular 5km parkruns here from Sat 1 March.

You can join whatever your pace. It's absolutely free - just register on the parkrun website before your first run.