Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a great place to visit. It is also a starting point or destination for several interesting walks. This option starts from Ripon, and works its way up to Studley Royal beside the River Skell then through the Chinese Wood, and up the seven bridges valley. The return is down the long straight driveway of Studley Royal deer park, with a superb view which includes the distant Ripon Cathedral as part of the planned vista. The walk has no substantial hills, and can be completed in an afternoon, so it is an ideal winter walk. The added bonus is the National trust tea room near the lake, and plenty of refreshment locations in Ripon. Enjoy!
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