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Red shield logo on standard yellow footpath markerAislabie Walk

27 km / 17 miles

N Yorkshire
During the mid 18th century, William Aislabie established a circuit between his estates at Studley Royal and Hackfall with carriageways, bridges and vistas forming a private route for his family.

The Aislabies created a vast 'picturesque landscape' that included Studley Royal, Laver Banks and Hackfall. This circuit remained until the early 19th century thanks to the growing popularity of Hackfall and Studley Royal.

Unfortunately by the late 19th century it had fallen out of use and the exact route has now been lost. However, there are enough clues and evidence to piece together much of this circuit, with a little 'artistic licence' to fill in the gaps whilst also taking in some of the other fascinating points of historic interest along the way.

It is not a historically accurate route, but more of a walking route that explores the historical landscape so you may experience the 'picturesque' circuit of Studley Royal, Laver Banks and Hackfall as William Aislabie originally intended some 250 years ago.

The website below gives details of an alternative (free) car park.


Path Type
Other Paths
Waymark: Red shield logo on standard yellow footpath marker
Red shield logo on standard yellow footpath marker
Average Gradients; Forest/Woodland; Heritage
Start and Finish
SE278691 - Lakeside Car park (pay and display) Studley Royal Deer park, N Yorkshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Aislabie Walk (Woodland Trust - 2012)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Around & About
Aislabie Walk & Fountains Abbey (Yellow Publications - April 2015)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Along Path
St George's Court  (bookable online)
2 Km
4 Km
Mallard Grange  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
6 Km
West Leas Farm  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
11 Km
4 Km
12 Km
B & B Accommodation
Bank Villa  (bookable online)
4 Km
16 Km

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Route Profile:

27.9 Km (17.3 miles)
433 m (1,421 ft) ascent
161 m (528 ft)  maximum height