This scenic walk takes visitors to Ripon around the city, following the sites of the eight old sanctuary markers. The markers marked the boundary of the sanctuary in which anyone was entitled to claim free sanctuary during the night, and one of the original ones can still be seen today.
Thanks to replica markers that are now displayed close to the sites of the original ones, walkers can explore the city on foot and follow them as they go. If you complete the whole circular walk it’s ten miles, but you’ll still take in some of the landmarks if you choose to take things easier and just pick a section or two instead.
Start the walk at Ripon’s famous cathedral and the first marker is found at Bridge Hewick. If you’re keen to see the only remaining original marker then look out for marker number three. You’ll need to stray from the route a little, and you’ll find it close to Hutton Hill Farm. The whole walk takes around four hours to complete, but as it’s a circular one it’s easy to opt for a half version or just a section depending on how energetic you’re feeling, and it’s a lovely way to see Ripon on foot.