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A herd of deer at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Studley Royal deer park walk

Our deer ranger has picked this walk as one of his favourites within the Studley Royal deer park in Ripon, North Yorkshire. As you follow the circular route, look out for some of the 300 wild deer that live there.

Annual mating season

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.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre, grid ref: SE272687

Step 1

From the visitor centre car park head for the mini roundabout and turn right along the bridle path, which 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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

 Red deer at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
See fallow, sika and red deer in the park | © National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Step 5

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

End point

Fountains Abbey visitor centre, grid ref: SE272687

Trail map

Studley Royal deer park walk trail map
Studley Royal deer park walk trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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