Walking at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

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There are miles of footpaths and trails for you to explore in this beautiful landscape. Explore the woodland High Ride path through the estate or wander through Seven Bridges Valley. Wherever you choose to go, grab your boots now and stretch your legs!

If you love a good walk, you've certainly come to the right place. Whether you're pushing a buggy along, helping little legs around on a day out - or are looking for something a bit more challenging there's a large selection of walks to choose from and enjoy. You can stop by and grab a snack from one of our tea-rooms or bring a picnic to tuck into half way round.   

Discover sparking textures and frosty views in the Studley Water Garden
A frosty water garden from rustic bridge
Discover sparking textures and frosty views in the Studley Water Garden

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.

You will 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.

The estate is beautiful through all the seasons, from carpets of snowdrops in February to heart-warming colours in October, you'll enjoy coming back time and time again. 

If you're visiting Yorkshire for the weekend, or you'd like to bring your dog with you on your day out, have a look at the below for all the inspiration and information you need.