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General view of Fountains Abbey
General view of Fountains Abbey

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Route No 157 - Saturday 24 September 2005
Studley Deer Park, River Laver,
Fountains Abbey - 11km.
Nidderdale

Maps: OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale at 1:25000
Route Map on 'Landranger' base from OS Open Space service

It was a lovely fine bright autumn morning so we drove to Studley deer park near Ripon. We parked in the pay-&-display National Trust car park near the lake at map ref. SE 278691. There is open access in the deer park and we headed roughly northwards to the gate on one of the drives throught the park at map ref. SE 278703 on the northern edge of the park next to the B6265 (Ripon to Pateley Bridge road). The tall iron gates at the end of the drive are locked, but we turned left around the boundary wall for about 150m to a wooden gate through the wall near some cottages. It's important to close the gate carefully otherwise the deer could escape onto the road.

One of many sweet chestnut trees in the park
One of many sweet chestnut trees in the park

Dead trees are allowed to lie where they fall
Dead trees are allowed to lie where they fall

Fallow deer near an old oak
Fallow deer near an old oak

We crossed the road and walked back until we were opposite the tall iron gates at the end of the park drive. Here we turned left off the road and on to the drive to Low Lindrick farm. The track skirted the eastern side of the farm and led us to a track between high hawthorn hedges and then beside ploughed fields to a minor road at map ref. SE 270720

The stable block, now a private house. The rest of Studley Royal House was destroyed by fire
The stable block, now a private house.
The rest of Studley Royal House was destroyed by fire
Cottage by the River Laver
Cottage by the River Laver

At the road we turned left to walk along the road for about 250m until we reached a footpath on our left about 50m on the far side of the River Laver.

River Laver
River Laver

Riders in the woodland by the River Laver
Riders in the woodland by the River Laver

We followed the footpath along the side of the river for about a kilometer to the bridge at map ref. SE 261711.

Bridge over the River Laver
Bridge over the River Laver

We followed the track across the bridge and out of the woods to High Lindrick farm and on to the B6265 at map ref. SE 277702. Here we crossed the road and re-entered the deer park through the same gate we had used earlier in the walk.

Red deer stags resting in the shade with only a couple of weeks to the rut
Red deer stags resting in the shade with
only a couple of weeks to go to the rut

St. Mary's church
St. Mary's church

We made our way around the boundary wall of the deer park to the obelisk and St Mary's church. At the obelisk we left the deer park and took the footpath to the Fountains Abbey visitor centre at map ref. SE 272686. From the visitor centre we went down to the Abbey (free with our National Trust membership cards)

Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey

Abbey Church, Cellarium (living area) and Guest Houses of Fountains Abbey
Abbey Church, Cellarium (living area) and Guest Houses at Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey church
Fountains Abbey church
Refectory with its amazing cross vaulted roof in tact
The refectory with its amazing cross vaulted roof in tact

Details of the refectory roof

Above and right,
Details of the refectory roof

Details of the refectory roof
The cloisters at Fountains Abbey
The cloisters at Fountains Abbey
The abbey church seen from the chapter house area
The abbey church seen from the chapter house area
The abbey church seen from the chapter house area
The abbey church seen from the chapter house area
Temple of Fame
Temple of Fame

We took some time to look around the abbey. At the eastern end of the abbey in the infirmary area the river Skell runs under the ruins and there is a path up the slope to join the main path on the right hand side of the river. We followed this track for almost a kilometer to the large wide bend that is the start of the water gardens. Here we took the path up the hill side to Anne Boleyn's seat with a lovely view back up the valley to the abbey.

The octagon tower
The octagon tower

The serpentine tunnel
The serpentine tunnel
Path to the water garden from the tunnel
Path to the water garden from the tunnel

We continued on the high ride footpath to the Temple of Fame and then on to the Octagon, before walking down through the Serpentine Tunnel. It goes through a hairpin bend and is quite dark in the middle. This path brought us back down to the water gardens and the stepping stones and footbridge over the River Skell as it enters the lake. We crossed the footbridge and made our way back to the car via the tea shop over looking the lake. It was a very pleasant end to a very pleasant walk. The whole route had been about 11km and had taken us almost 4 hours including a good look around the abbey and a lunch stop.

Back to the lake at the end of our walk
Back to the lake at the end of our walk

Oak tree by the river Skell
Oak tree by the river Skell