Activities

Love a good walk?

Surprise your eyes in the water garden

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 paths for buggies and wheelchairs to open parkland - we've got plenty of options for you 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

Although we don’t allow cycling on the main paths through the estate, we do have plenty of opportunities for you to get on your bike from Skyrides to the more challenging Way of the Roses coast to coast route.

There are cycle racks at our West Gate entrance, where you can leave your bike to explore the Abbey and Water Garden on foot. 

The Visitor Centre restaurant is an ideal pit stop, cyclists even get a free cup of tea with their cake.

The shop also has a selection of maps and a puncture repair kit for you to borrow, just in case.

 

Adventure to Fountains, Brimham and back

Extraordinary rocks make for amazing photos © Paul Harris

Extraordinary rocks make for amazing photos

You'll need to know your way around a bike and be fairly fit to take part in this 28 mile challenging ride. It's free to join just register on the Skyrides website.

Ripon to Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Get on your bike for a friendly welcome at a property near you © British Cycling

Get on your bike for a friendly welcome at a property near you

This relaxing 6 mile bike ride from Ripon to Fountains is perfect for those wishing to broaden their cycling horizons. It's free to join just register on the Skyrides website.

Fountains Abbey & Brimham Rocks circular

A beautiful setting beside the river skell © Andrew Butler

A beautiful setting beside the river skell

If you're ready to broaden your cycling horizons, this steady 14 mile ride with some modest hills is ideal. It's free to join just register on the Skyrides website.

Walkies

Discover some great walks with your dog

Interesting scents to snuffle and walks to delight our four-legged friends...

Read our Information for dog owners. 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 modern-day take on an old-fashioned treasure hunt. 

Download an app and get coordinates here, or borrow our kit (please call in advance and reserve a GPS unit).

Parkrun

Get your running shoes on...

From beginners to Olympians, parkrun is for everyone! 

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

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