The Boxing Day Pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey is an annual tradition for many across the diocese and beyond, attracting upwards of 1500 ‘pilgrims’ to walk off their Christmas dinner across four miles of stunning scenery.
This year the walk will be led by the Dean of Ripon Very Revd John Dobson and the Bishop of Huddersfield, Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs.
This year, after a short service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in the Cathedral, the walk sets out at approximately 10.05am. It follows in the footsteps of a group of Cistercian monks who set out the day after Christmas, 1132 AD to found a new Cistercian monastery at Fountains on the banks of the River Skell.
The route leads out of the city along the River Skell out , through the Studley Royal Deer Park and on to the National Trust site at Fountains Abbey. It crosses fields, passes grazing deer and winds through woods and landscaped water gardens. Hundreds more swell the numbers as the walkers enter the National Trust grounds and all pack into the cellarium of the ancient monastery where mulled wine is served and a service of carols takes place.
The walk and entrance to Fountains Abbey is free to pilgrims and all are welcome to join in.