Walking at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Three women in the distance taking an autumn walk in Studley Royal water garden

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.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal from Surprise View
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Boots, gaiters and vistas walk 

This route will take you around the boundary of the estate with fantastic views of the Abbey, deer park and water garden to enjoy.

Couple walking by the moon ponds in Studley Royal water garden
Walking trail

A walk through the centuries 

An easy walk through the Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate, exploring the significant stages in the estate's history from 1132 to 1987.

View of Ripon Cathedral from the Deer Park at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Walking trail

Ripon and Fountains Abbey walk 

This walk allows visitors to reach Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden via footpaths, roadways, bridleways and Studley Royal Deer Park.

Go exploring in Studley Royal deer park