An excellent walk from central Richmond starts with the Castle Walk, which runs along the south wall of Richmond Castle from New Rd to Millgate, close to the town's waterfall and the River Swale. From here it's possible to continue northeast beside the river up to the Station Rd bridge and the start of the 4-mile Easby Abbey Loop through riverside woodland and fields to the hulking ruins of a 12th-century abbey.
This romantic relic was painted by Turner in the 19th century; legend has it that a tunnel once linked Easby Abbey to Richmond Castle, providing an escape route in the event of Scottish raids. Unlike most English Heritage sites, it is free to roam around. Next to it, St Agatha's Church is even older, with some parts dating to Norman times.