Curious About Ripon is a pair of self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Ripon a fabulous place to explore!
First Walk: Spa Gardens to Ripon Cathedral (1 mile)
Starting at the gorgeous Spa Gardens this walk passes the Spa Baths with its exceptionally elaborate frontage and classical interior. Open now onto the historic market place, home to Cabmen, Hornblowers and Wakemen then through a Dissenters’ Graveyard, now gardens. Past a former Workhouse then a House of Correction for Vagrants, Prison and Police Station, before ending at the magnificence of Ripon’s commanding cathedral.
Second Walk: Ripon Cathedral to the River Skell - 0.75 miles
Facing the front of Ripon’s beautiful and ancient cathedral this walk plunges quickly into the heart of the city via an historic byeway. Pass the fascinating Town Hall and busy Market Place, through an arcade of shops before opening out onto gardens and back to the cathedral. Down onto an olde-style street, over a bridge and finish your walk alongside the river with views to the cathedral.
Each booklet gives you everything you need - detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers if needed!), and fascinating stories about Ripon’s history. We also provide ideas for other attractions and things to see and do along the way.
If you're naturally inquisitive (we would say curious...), and like having fun, both walks are immensely entertaining – but if you want to ensure you capture everything around you, just add in the Treasure Hunt to ramp up the fun. Follow the directions, and keep to the map! Children find them hugely enjoyable. Younger children (primary school age) should always be accompanied by an adult who will get actively involved - you can give them a specific role, eg matching pictures to clues, finding the answers, or managing the map, etc.
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Yorkshire Curious About walks can be found at Bradford, Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Ripon, Scarborough, Sheffield, Whitby and York (2 sets of walks).
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