Deer park walk

Walking trail

Our deer ranger has picked this walk as one of his favourites within the park. As you follow the circular route, look out for some of the 300 wild deer that live here.

Can you spot the difference between the three types of deer?

Please take extra care during the months of October and November when the annual mating season - deer rut - takes place. Ensure you keep your distance and have dogs on a short lead at all times.

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Map route for John's Deer Park walk


Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre, grid ref: SE272687


From the visitor centre car park, head for the mini roundabout and turn right along the bridle path that runs alongside the estate drive towards St Mary's Church. Turn right through a gate, looking out for the obelisk, and walk along the tarmac drive until you reach the church.


Just before reaching the church turn left onto a mown path in the grass and follow the boundary wall until you reach the grand stable block of Studley Royal House, now a private residence.

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Walk past the house and turn right, walking along with the house on your right until you reach a tarmac drive. Cross over the drive and head down the slope, looking out for a stone bridge. Cross the bridge and follow a line of oak trees, passing the old head gardener's house and cottages that once belonged to estate workers.

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Turn right along the boundary wall and continue along until you reach the public right of way marker. Turn right here and follow the path back up through the deer park alongside the estate drive. The track will take you back to pass in front of St Mary's Church.

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Red deer in the  Deer Park at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal


Pass through the gate and turn left, retracing your steps for the final part of the walk towards the visitor centre.


Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre, grid ref: SE272687

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Deer park walk


This walk follows bridleways and footpaths through parkland. The terrain is fairly easy walking and mostly flat. Walking boots are recommended.

Dogs are welcome, please have on a short lead at all times.

Deer park walk

How to get here

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon, HG4 3DY
By train

Harrogate 12 miles (19.3km).

By road

4 miles (6.4km) west of Ripon off B6265 to Pateley Bridge, signposted from A1, 12 miles (19.3km) north of Harrogate (A61).

By foot

4 miles (6.4km) from Ripon via public footpaths and bridleways.

By bus

Harrogate District Community Transport (Ripon Roweller 139) Ripon - Markington (connections with Harrogate and District 36 from Harrogate). Call Traveline for details 0871 200 22 33.

By bicycle

Signed on-road cycle loop. On Way of the Roses coast to coast cycle route. Cycle racks located at the visitor centre.

Deer park walk

Facilities and access

  • Responsible dog owners welcome, please keep dogs on a short lead and 'scoop their poop'
  • Restaurant, tea-room, shop, plant centre and parking at Fountains Abbey