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|Ripon and Studley Royal|
|Author: DWY, Published: 05 Oct 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ripon|
|A 7 mile circular walk from the cathedral city of Ripon in North Yorkshire. This walk from the centre of the city is ideal if your dog likes a good paddle or a swim, as there are many opportunities to get wet along the way! The enclosed paths provide safe off-lead opportunities for well-behaved pooches and Studley Royal Park with its Water Garden is not to be missed. |
The terrain is fairly easy, mostly on green or gravel, easily navigable flat paths. There are no stiles on the route, just some gates and several flights of steps. Whilst most of the route is livestock-free, you will encounter deer in Studley Royal Park and one of the fields may be holding cattle. Many stretches of path are enclosed allowing plenty of off-lead time for well-behaved dogs and there are plenty of canine paddling and swimming opportunities on the way back from the lake. June to August is fawning season at Studley Royal Park, so dogs must be on a lead around that time. Allow 3 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at the main entrance to Ripon Cathedral. Ripon is on the A61 between Harrogate and the A1 (M) near Thirsk. Alternatively, leave the A1 (M) further south and take the B6265 Boroughbridge Road past the racecourse and into the city. The No 142 and 143 bus (operated by Eddie Brown) connect York, Boroughbridge and Ripon. From Northallerton and Thirsk, the No 70 bus (operated by Dales and District) runs to Ripon as does the No 70 bus from Leeds and Harrogate, (operated by Transdev). If you are coming by car, there are several choices of pay and display car parks in Ripon. Approximate post code HG4 1QT.
|Start to Roundabout|
Start point: 54.1351 lat, -1.5212 long
From the main entrance to Ripon Cathedral in the centre of the city, walk down Bedern Bank and turn left at the roundabout. Head over the bridge crossing the River Skell, then take an immediate left turn down a flight of steps to the concrete path on the river bank. Turn left and head along the path under the bridge. Continue along the path to the road at Bondgate Bridge. Cross the road and make for the gap on the other side to continue on the path with the river once again to the right.
|Roundabout to Studley Royal|
Start point: 54.1343 lat, -1.54 long
At the roundabout, turn left following the sign to Fountains Abbey, before crossing the road straight away to use the pavement on the other side.
|Studley Royal to Open Field|
Start point: 54.1256 lat, -1.5618 long
Pass through the gate, taking care to read any warning signs about the fawning season for deer (June to August) – and ensuring dogs are on short leads as appropriate. Head diagonally left along the grassy cut path before joining the tree-lined lane heading towards an obelisk.
|Open Field to Path Through Trees|
Start point: 54.1136 lat, -1.5535 long
Follow the grassy path as it bears left following the line of trees through the field – ignoring the metal gate and keeping to the left of it.
|Path Through Trees to End|
Start point: 54.1242 lat, -1.5428 long
Continue ahead on the path through a field – where the River Skell can be heard on the left, and stay ahead at the next fork keeping the trees to the left. Follow the path as it heads up a flight of wooden steps before dropping down to the River Skell again using some concrete steps – once again paddling and swimming opportunities here are plentiful!
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author DWY and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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