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Ripon and Studley Royal is a 7.8 mile loop trail located near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 1,020 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Partially paved River Views Wildlife
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Getting There

A 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.

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Mark Durham
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Walking

Lovely walk. Weather was excellent and the scenery very nice, especially the deer park. Good paths and varied scenery.

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James Neve
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Alan White
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Hiking

Flat - paths - roads - park

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Krzysztof Ha
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Hiking

Fantastic walk especially in the deer park.

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Tom Eaves
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Nice easy walk.... Cheap parking too ha, £2 all day

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Ken Routledge
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Great trail but had to deviate as flooded. Fab views and great with a dog as mostly off leash (which our mut loved)

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Darryl Hall
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Hiking

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a dog friendly walk or a nice 10K trail run. There is a picturesque mix of woodland, field and parkland where you will almost definitely be in the company of cows and deer. This is one of my favourite trail runs. Take your camera.

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Dave Ruse
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Hiking

A lovely walk with lots of off lead time.

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Amy Heptinstall
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Great walk, absolutely beautiful. 100% recommend

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Mr Peter Bailes
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A lovely walk, instructions easy to follow again, a very easy walk

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Catherine Choppen
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Loved the walk and easy to follow directions. Very muddy so boots are essential.

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jo battson
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Great walk even in the snow and icy patches. Beautiful scenery and lots to see.

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caroline grayson
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details spot on...fabulous walk and through the deer park was amazing!

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David Platfoot
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A very enjoyable walk of 7 miles on a hot sunny day. Recommended

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Nicola Allan
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Kailash Gurung
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Jack Davies
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Reece Armstrong
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Garry Chapman
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Mandie Watson
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Katie Johnson
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Mandie Watson
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Mandie Watson
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