One of the Seven Bridges

Studley Royal and the Seven Bridges

Walk Summary

A pleasant little Boxing Day walk with my family visiting the deer at Studley Royal Park before returning via the delightful series of bridges over the River Skell.

Distance: 4.5 miles
Total ascent: 700ft
Walk Rating: ****
Parking: Fountains Abbey, Visitor Centre
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

It is always good to get out for a walk on Boxing Day and for the 2018 edition I decided to go back to Studley Royal. Not only is it an old favourite of mine but it is handily placed near to my in-laws for a post-Christmas Day visit.

The route is virtually the same as one we'd done in 2016, almost two years to the day in fact. Rather than rehash what I've written previously here is a link to that walk report.

The only real differences to were, firstly, that the deer were a bit closer to the main driveway so we didn't walk quite so close to Studley Royal House. Secondly, I finally did the short steep climb up to the Devil's Chimney. An outlying folly which was built in the mid-18th century, the Devil's Chimney is situated above the Seven Bridges (the fourth and fifth as we visited them on this walk). It was quite a good view back down to the bridges but otherwise the main pleasure in going up to it was purely because I wanted to - if that makes sense.

All in all this was an enjoyable couple of hours. The forecast was for quite a dull day but we got lucky and towards the end of the walk the sun came out which was an added bonus.