Fountains Abbey

A winter walk around Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal with majestic views, a deer park, historic buildings and a good choice of refreshment pit-stops.

On a crisp winter day with the temperature a whisker above freezing we set out early on this stunning walk.

We started out at the impressive Fountains Hall before making our way alongside the historic ruins of Fountains Abbey, a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1132.

We soon found ourselves in fields covered with a light dusting of snow and stunning views over the Yorkshire countryside.

The deer park, home to 500 wild deer provides a close up glimpse of wild animals and the lake is a great place to feed the ducks.

The Studley Royal Tearoom offered a chance to get out of the cold for a while and treat ourselves with a scone and a hot drink.

Nearing the end of the walk we found our way back to the ruins of Fountains Abbey which the boys enjoyed exploring.


  • Difficulty grade:4/10
  • Length:5 Miles/6 KM
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Height: Low level
  • Danger level: Very low; basic road safety for small sections of the walk, some paths can be muddy and slippery after wet weather


  • Refreshment: This is a National Trust site and has a visitors centre with cafe and restaurant plus a team room on the walk route
  • Parking/Entrace Fees: This is a National Trust site so parking is pay & display (See the National Trust website for current prices) and there is a charge or access the site unless you are a National Trust or English Heritage member.
  • Fun / historic facts: The Abbey was founded in 1132 until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.
  • Wild life: Animals, trees/plants/flowers: Deer, birds and ducks on the lake.
  • Map: National Trust
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