Beningbrough Larch Walk
Get close to nature and listen out for the cheerful bird song or take in the stunning carpet of spring bluebells with this short woodland walk. Not too far for little ones or too arduous, get everyone together for a blast of fresh air. Due to reduced capacity at the moment please pre-book a ticket via the website, even if you are only visiting the parkland. This helps with social distancing and spaces in the car park.
Good to know
Follow the blue waymarkers, however some paths may be temporarily closed to ensure safe distances can be observed - ask at admissions on your visit for any current diversions and we recommend booking a ticket for your visit. A great weekday walk with the dog or an afternoon stroll with all the family.
Beningbrough Hall car park
***Temporary change from the route shown on the map*** If you're starting in the visitor car park, head out towards the hall, using the path to the side of the cattle grid. Continue down lime tree avenue with the hall behind you.
Turn right onto the main exit road until you reach through the gate on the left, opposite the driveway to Home Farm. Turn left here heading through the gate and you are now back onto the map at point 2. Continue along the concrete path. Enjoy Beningbrough’s open parkland out on your left hand side.
Look out for the prize winning Aberdeen Angus cattle which is farmed by the tenant farmer here on the Beningbrough estate.
At the end of the concrete, before reaching the picnic area, look out for a gate on the right that leads through the woods. Enter through the gate following the bark mulch pathway that will lead you through the woods. Look out for the wooden frame which captures a perfect view across the parkland onto the Hall.
Parkland has been a feature at Beningbrough for at least 750 years. The long continuity of parkland associated with Beningbrough is reflected in an unusually rich assemblage of species that are dependent on sites where there has been a long and unbroken history of open-grown trees.
If you want to extend your walk slightly then there’s the option here to branch off left for a circular walk around the pike ponds. The pike ponds date back to the medieval period when they were dug out, lined with clay and used to keep fish so there was a ready food supply. Alternatively keep the following the path round.
Carry on through the woods. At spring time the whole of this wooded area is covered in a carpet of bluebells. Follow the path until you reach the metal gate and the exit road once more. Here where the road intersects the two wooded areas, turn right and follow the road back towards the hall.
As you make your way back along the road, you’ll see a large dead tree on your left. Carry on past the tree and temporarily differing from the map once more, continue past Home Farm until you reach lime tree avenue. Turn left so the hall is directly in front of you and retrace your steps to the car park.
Conservation in action
This dead tree has been deliberately left as it supports important populations of rare invertebrates (including the nationally scarce Anisoxya fuscula (false darkling beetle); and British Red Data Book digger wasp, Argogorytes fargei) as well as fungus, bats and owls. Leaving dead wood in situ like this is part of our Dead Wood Policy and forms a vital part of our crucial conservation work.
Beningbrough Hall car park
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