Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles (5 km) south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years, becoming one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution, by order of Henry VIII, in 1539.
In 1983, Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountains Abbey was purchased by the National Trust. The abbey is maintained by English Heritage.
If you are interested in joining this outing and wish to know more, click on the file name above. Instructions for reserving a coach seat are on the walksheet.
Note, however, that the Secretary will be unavailable between 25th January & 19th February inclusive. All communications between these dates will not be answered until 20th February.
For a detailed routemap showing the various proposed walk routes on offer, click on the filename below.