Walking at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
We've got miles of footpaths and trails to explore in this beautiful landscape. Get your boots on and stretch your legs!
If you love a good walk, you've come to the right place.
From paths for buggies and wheelchairs to open parkland - we've got plenty of options for you to enjoy.
One of our favourites is the Boots, Gaiters and Vistas walk. Take in the fresh air and open views on this circular route around the estate and you can look over the valley to St Mary's Church and Ripon in the distance too.
Follow the Seven Bridges Valley route and spot traces of a garden from a lost time as you walk through what was once Aislabie's Chinese garden. It's an easy-going walk that'll take you over rustic bridges and through this secluded valley.
If you fancy a good leg stretch, you can walk to Fountains Abbey from Ripon - something that the very first monks who came here did when they founded the abbey. You'll see the beautiful vista between St Mary's Church and Ripon Cathedral on a clear day when you reach the deer park at Studley Royal.
A Walk Through the Centuries will take you through some 400 years of history at this World Heritage Site, through the historic abbey grounds, the Georgian water garden, past the Victorian masterpiece St Mary's Church and on through the medieval deer park.
...and if you're bringing your four-legged friends you'll find all the information you need in our dog walkers leaflet (PDF / 0.3MB) download .
You'll find full route details below, and you also can pick up a selection of walks leaflets from the visitor centre at Fountains. You don't have to pay admission to do many of the walks, but some of the routes do take you through the abbey and water garden where normal admission applies.