Walk: Ripon Rowel

in Ripon

The Ripon Rowel Walk is a delightful circular walking route that encompasses the scenic and historic highlights surrounding Ripon, a charming cathedral city in North Yorkshire, England. Known for its ancient landmarks, natural beauty, and peaceful countryside, this area offers a unique blend of cultural and natural attractions, making it a favourite among walkers and history enthusiasts alike.

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The Route

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  • Start / Finish Point: Ripon Cathedral,  Liberty Court House, Minster Rd, Ripon HG4 1QT
  • Distance: 50 Miles

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Walk Description

Ripon, one of England’s smallest cities, is steeped in history and tradition. Founded over 1300 years ago, it features an impressive cathedral that dates back to the 7th century. The city is not only a historical treasure but also serves as a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, an area renowned for its rolling hills, lush valleys, and picturesque villages.

The Ripon Rowel Walk, spanning approximately 49 miles, circles this historic city and takes ramblers through a varied landscape of rivers, meadows, and woodland. It offers an excellent opportunity to explore the lesser-known rural areas around Ripon, including the banks of the River Ure and the Ripon Canal, as well as the ancient monuments and charming villages dotted throughout the region.

Highlights of the Ripon Rowel Walk

The walk is well-marked and can be undertaken in sections, allowing walkers to tailor their experience to their preferences and abilities. Some of the key highlights include:

  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England, located just a few miles from Ripon. The adjoining Studley Royal Park features beautifully landscaped gardens and a deer park.
  • Newby Hall: An 18th-century country house situated along the route, known for its exquisite interiors and gardens. It’s a splendid example of Georgian architecture and design.
  • Hackfall Woods: A historic woodlands area featuring dramatic views, ancient trees, and a series of follies and water features, restored by the Woodland Trust.
  • Markenfield Hall: An early 14th-century moated manor house, one of the finest surviving examples of its kind in England, offering a glimpse into medieval life.
  • Masham: A market town famous for its family-run breweries, quaint shops, and vibrant community events, including an annual sheep fair.

Planning Your Visit

For those planning to embark on the Ripon Rowel Walk, it’s advisable to check the weather conditions and wear appropriate footwear and clothing, as parts of the route can become muddy after rain. The walk is accessible year-round, but spring and early autumn are particularly pleasant times to visit due to the mild weather and the changing colors of the landscape.

Whether you’re a seasoned walker seeking a new adventure or a history buff eager to explore the heritage of North Yorkshire, the Ripon Rowel Walk offers a rich and satisfying experience that combines the best of both worlds.

Related Accommodation

The accommodation below is nearby - and has been updated recently.

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The Bull Inn West Tanfield

Church Street, West Tanfield, Ripon, HG4 5JQ, United Kingdom
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Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage, Ripon, HG4 3BS, United Kingdom
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Luxury Two Bed Apartment in the City of Ripon, North Yorkshire

Calvert Court, 3A Water Skellgate No 4 Calvert Court, Ripon, HG4 1BQ, United Kingdom

2 thoughts on “Walk: Ripon Rowel”

  1. Is there accommodation along the route? More information about this would be helpful. I imagine most people would do this over 3 or 4 days. Also information about travel inks would be useful.


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