Fri 10 May 2024
2 Walking Days
max 14 people
Group Size

Fountains Abbey & Brimham Rocks

NEW   We are thrilled to organise this Yorkshire walking weekend featuring the magnificent estate of Fountains Abbey and the uniqueness of Brimham Rocks. A memorable walking weekend in stunning settings with amazing landscapes and unique scenery.


  • Entry to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
  • Brimham Rocks
  • Two days of scenic country walks
  • Enjoyable social evenings
2 days of scenic guided walking Social evenings
Experienced walk leader Trip leader throughout
Transport for the walk(s) Fountains Abbey admission
Meals and drinks

Walking Grade

MODERATE (Grade 2) – Walks at a steady pace along riverside paths, valley, woods and small hills. We may encounter uneven ground on the walk.


Accommodation for this trip is not included. For accommodation information and all essential trip information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.


Friday – Welcome Evening

Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8pm in Harrogate. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures trip leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the Trip Notes detail everything you need to know about the weekend and the walks.


Saturday - Walk Day & Social Evening

Walk: Grade 2 – Fountains Abbey & Markenfield Hall

Distance 7.4 miles (11.9km)
Total Ascent 600 ft (183m)

Fountains Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in North Yorkshire and one of the largest and best-preserved Cistercian monasteries in England, dating back to the 12th century. The abbey is set in a picturesque valley with beautiful grounds including a river running through it. Our guided walk begins just outside the Fountains Abbey estate where we first take in the surrounding stunning countryside including Markenfield Hall, an early 14th-century moated manor house. When we do reach Fountains Abbey (admission included) the walk leader will take you on a wonderful guided walk of the estate, including the abbey ruins, vast estate with ornamental lakes and impressive water cascades, and Studley Royal, a landscaped 18th-century deer park. There’ll also be an opportunity for refreshments at the visitor centre.

Complementary transport is included to take us back to Harrogate later in the day.

Saturday Social evening – after a good days walk, there’ll be chance to meet up in Harrogate, where the trip leader will organise a good place to go for drinks and a meal, which will often be a local bar, pub, or restaurant.


Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day

Walk: Grade 2 – Brimham Rocks

Distance 6 miles (9.6km)
Total Ascent
900 ft (274m)

Brimham Rocks is a fascinating rock formation within North Yorkshire. The rocks are known for their unique shapes, created by erosion over millions of years. On the day’s walk we’ll see ‘The Druid’s Writing Desk’, one of the more famous rock formations, resembling a desk. It’s a great spot for photos, and you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. There’s also ‘Dancing Bear and Turtle Rock’, two distinctive formations that resemble their namesakes. The variety of shapes and sizes of the rocks make for an interesting adventure.

Complementary transport is included to take us back to Harrogate after the walk.

The walking weekend will finish in Harrogate by 4pm.

Essential Info


Accommodation is not included as part of this trip. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful: search for accommodation in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate Tourist Information online accommodation listings

The Harrogate Inn part of the Inn Collection Group, which also has a hotel in nearby Ripon.

Premier Inn, Harrogate

Travelodge, Harrogate

We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to Harrogate, for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings. Nearby Ripon is also an option with suitable accommodation, however transport will be needed to travel to Harrogate for the social evenings.

Food & Drink

For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.

Harrogate has a number of convenience stores and supermarkets.

Optional social evenings in Harrogate are organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.


For guided walking trips that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the trip price.

Fitness Levels

Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging, or Tough Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.

Walking Grades Explained

2 – 5 miles | Total Ascent under 500 ft
Short walks mostly on well-defined flat paths and tracks, with any uphill sections being short and gentle.

5 – 10 miles | Total Ascent 500 – 1500 ft
Walks at a steady pace on undulating terrain including moorland, coastal paths and hills. We may encounter uneven stony ground on some walks.

5 – 10 miles | Total Ascent 1000 – 2600 ft
Walking at a reasonably active pace over coastal, moorland, hill or lower mountain terrain. Well defined tracks and paths. Suited to people with good fitness and a reasonable level of pace and stamina for walks that have more sustained ascents and descents.

7 – 15 miles | Total Ascent 1000 – 4000 ft
Longer walks on defined and undefined tracks with sustained ascents and descents on moorland, hill or mountain terrain. Mountain walks will have steep ups and downs with rocky terrain including ridges and scree in some sections.

7 – 20+ miles | Total Ascent 3000 – 5000+ ft
Walking at higher levels, mainly mountain terrain with steep ups and downs. Mountain terrain which may include ridges and scree sections. Suitable for fit and active people with a good level of stamina. Hill and mountain walking experience would be desirable.

Kit List

What you need to bring with you for the walks

  • Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
  • Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
  • Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
  • A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
  • Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
  • Sunglasses, sun cream.
  • Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
  • Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
  • Any medication you need.
  • Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
  • Walking poles (if you use them).

We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification on any of the equipment requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.

Trip Schedule & Activity Meeting Times

Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled trips, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.

Meeting Point

Welcome Evening – 8pm  Please meet at the Fat Badger Bar

Walking Days – 9.45am  Please meet at the Fat Badger Bar

Address: Fat Badger Bar (White Hart Hotel), Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NF

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