Ripon Cathedral


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Ripon city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Ripon's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Ripon is the 3rd smallest city in England, with a fabulous cathedral that punches well above its weight. Granted a charter by Alfred the Great in 886 AD a Wakeman blows a horn at each corner of the market square every night, signaling vigilance against enemies, a tradition unbroken for a millennium and more. Also nearby is an ancient hotel where in the 18th century Tom Crudd, or “Old Boots” had an enormous nose and prominent chin, entertaining visitors by holding a coin between them! Well, it was their coins and he kept them...


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    Curious About... Ripon

  • An exploration of Ripon's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Ripon in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home or for using immediately on your mobile device, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
Curious About... Ripon

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts where the first finishes.

1. Spa Gardens to Ripon Cathedral - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms

Starting at the gorgeous Spa Gardens this walk passes the Spa Baths with its exceptionally elaborate frontage and classical interior. Now wend your way to a Dissenters’ Graveyard, before opening onto the historic market place, home to Cabmen, Hornblowers and Wakemen. Next pass a former House of Correction for Vagrants, and an old Prison & Police Station, to end at the magnificence of Ripon’s splendid cathedral.
Children's University logoChildren's University event1.5 hoursOK

2. Ripon Cathedral to the River Skell - 0.75 miles / 1.2 kms

Facing the front of Ripon’s beautiful and ancient cathedral this walk plunges quickly into the heart of the city via an historic byeway. Pass the fascinating Town Hall and busy Market Place, through an arcade of shops before opening out onto gardens and back to the cathedral. Down onto an olde-style street, over a bridge and finish your walk alongside the river with views to the cathedral.
Children's University logoChildren's University event0.75 hoursOK but a diversion maybe needed for steps

The Booklet
Ripon Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.

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Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.

Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £2.25, and after that it's £4.35. Outside the UK it's £2.50 for 1 booklet, £3.80 for 2 booklets, £5.30 for 3 to 6 booklets and £10.75 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg Ripon).
    Let us know one additional interesting fact you discovered along the route for each walk you complete (this provides proof that you did it / them).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
What People are Saying!

"Hi went to Ripon today with your Curious About, walked all the two walks, down by the river and town, really enjoyed it. Didn't know about the area of the river, was lovely. Within cathedral grounds there were cyclamen out around one tree and very gorgeous. Previously hadn't realised how like a box of liquorice allsorts is the town, lovely buildings and very run down ones. Went into swimming pool entrance (didn't take a dip) and saw the tiled entrance area, sulphur water spout and stained glass, great!"

Latest Revision : August 2019