GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ripon Canal

3 miles (5 km)

Enjoy a short, waterside stroll along the Ripon Canal, on this easy walk in North Yorkshire. The canal runs for just over two miles, from the cathedral cityof Ripon, to the River Ure, near Newby Hall. Along the way there are pretty locks and nice views of the surrounding countryside. At the end of the canal you will find the wonderful Newby Hall. The 18th century house is open to the public from 21 March until 1 October. It's a lovely spot with the grounds including views over the River Ure, extensive herbaceous borders and woodland walks.
The canal forms part of the long distance Ripon Rowel which takes you on a tour of the countryside and villages surrounding the city. You can continue along the trail to extend your walk.
Just to the west of the canal is the splendid Studley Park and Fountains Abbey where there are miles of footpaths taking you around beautiful parkland and gardens.
Our Boroughbridge Canal Walk will take you along a lovely section of the River Ure which links with the canal around Newby Hall.

Ripon Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ripon Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

At the end of the route you can take a short detour to visit the nearby village of Bishop Monkton. Here you'll find the Mason's Arms pub for some refreshments. They do very good food in a picturesque setting in the village. There's also an outdoor area for finer days. You can find the pub at St John's Rd, Bishop Monkton with a postcode of HG3 3QU for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The towpath is a nice place to take your dog for a gentle stroll. The Mason's Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can turn it into a longer circular walk by following country lanes south west to Bishop Monkton and then following the Knaresborough Road back into Ripon.
For more walking ideas in the county see the Yorkshire Walks page.

Photos

Ripon Canal - geograph.org.uk - 2914

The last lock before reaching Ripon. In the distance are building associated with Ripon racecourse which also passes through a corner of this square.

Ripon Canal basin - geograph.org.uk - 2074

Ripon Canal basin. Returning from the end of the canal aboard Narrowboat Allen. The end of canal was isolated for many years and the basin derelict. It has now been restored and at the time of the visit was the most northerly point on the connected English & Welsh canal network.

Ripon Canal - geograph.org.uk - 5191

The point at which the canal on the left meets the River Ure coming in from the right.

Ripon Canal towpath south of Littlethorpe - geograph.org.uk - 781715

A group of walkers on the canal towpath south of Littlethorpe

Bishop Monkton village - geograph.org.uk - 781719

Bishop Monkton village. This pretty village is located just off the canal and well worth visiting. It's on the Ripon Rowel walk so can be easily reached.

Bishop Monkton Mill - geograph.org.uk - 630119

Bishop Monkton Mill. The former corn mill, situated at the eastern end of the village. A corn mill was originally built here in 1304, and was rebuilt after a fire in 1784. Constructed of local Magnesian limestone, the mill was converted into residential accommodation in 1993

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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