Half-term fun at Fountains Abbey estate

THE Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal estate near Ripon is encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the great outdoor spaces it manages after autumn arived in an explosion of colour.

The World Heritage Site, run by the National Trust, has plenty on offer to inspire everyone to put on their walking boots during half-term next week, from introductory navigation skills courses to family geocaching taster days.

Visitors can download a variety of walks from its website or join in with guided trails across the historic estate. There will also be a special “In the Monks’ Footsteps” guided walk from nearby Brimham Rocks to Fountains Abbey on Sunday, October 23, starting at 10.30am.

On Tuesday, October 25, there will be a navigation skills taster day costing £10 per person allowing people to learn more about how to plan their own walks, use an Ordnance Survey map, and stay safe in the countryside. There is also the chance to try out the digital treasure hunt of geocaching on Wednesday, October 26.

And there are spooky activities for children to enjoy throughout the week with bat-and-owl-themed trails and craft workshops in Swanley Grange.

On Sunday, October 30, the tearoom at Studley Royal will be transformed for Halloween with face-painting, apple-bobbing, and plenty of frightening fun and games throughout the day.

Children can also go along to listen to spine-tingling stories in Swanley Grange at 2pm, admission £1.50 per child.

For further information and full event listings or to download walks around the estate, visit the website

nationaltrust.org.uk/fountainsabbey.

Alternatively, telephone the estate office on 01765 608888.

To book a place on the navigation skills course, telephone 01423 871750.