There area a number of very enjoyable walks in and around Ripon; these include:
1.Ripon Rowel Challenge Walk
The 'Rowel Walk' is a long distance circular footpath of some fifty miles around the lovely countryside in the vicinity of the ancient City of Ripon. The walker is guided through pretty villages, with splendid rural pubs, sites of special and historical significance, beautiful wooded valleys, rivers, lakes and streams. [This site]www.nfinnex.com/ripon%20guidebook%20and%20calendar.hhtml provides more information.
Frequent buses run to Ripon from Leeds and Harrogate on service 36, other routes run from York, Boroughbridge, Thirsk and Leyburn.
2.Studley Park and Fountain's Abbey Walk
This easy walk is started from the quiet village of Markington situated between Harrogate and Ripon. from the village walk north over fields to Ingerthorpe and then continue following the Ripon Rowel Walk route past Markenfield Hall before turning west and follow paths into Studley Deerpark. Relax and enjoy yourself in the beautiful surroundings of the park which is home to a Deer herd, Swans, Geese, Moorhens and Ducks. Leave via St Mary's Church towards Fountain's Abbey where a visit can be made for an admission fee. Afterwards continue along Monk Walk towards Sawley before heading off the road south across a secluded pond (via a raised bank) before finishing this lovely walk on paths and finally road back into Markington. The walk provides a delightful day out.
3.Ripon to Studley Walk. A walk from Ripon Market Square to Studley Deer Park and Lake. This is an easy to moderate walk through woodland, open fields and park land 8 km or 7 km (approximately 3 hours). See Studley Walk
4.The Ripon Sanctuary Way Walk. This is a fascinating 10 mile circular walk around the City of Ripon following the course of the original 8 Sanctuary markers that dates from the 10th century. See Ripon Sanctuary Way Walk