Beningbrough river walk

Walking trail

Follow the yellow way-markers for this circular walk with sweeping views across the parkland and majestic views of the hall in the distance. Take in the river and woodlands as you explore the wider estate.

Good to know

Please use the car park, even if you are only visiting the parkland. For everyone's safety, avoid parking in passing places, on embankments or close to neighbouring drives. For your safety and to protect the cattle and calves, please stay on the footpaths and avoid roaming across the fields. Livestock can be seen in the parkland for much of the year. They belong to the tenant farmer who also runs Home Farm Café. Take care when the cows are in the fields and please be aware the bull may be there too.

River and towpath in low light with a person and small dog in silhouette


A map with way markers of a circular river walk at Beningbrough


Beningbrough Hall car park


Start in the car park, with your back to admissions, head diagonally across the car park towards the gate in the far-right hand corner. Go through the gate and follow the path towards the farm shop. With the farm shop on your right-hand side, carry along to your left along the tarmac road, leaving the farm shop behind you.

View onto gate with farm shop in the distance


Turn right onto the exit road, as this is one of the main driveways into Beningbrough, please take extra care for passing cars. Follow the road until you reach a wooded area with a metal gate on your right. Head through the gate, following the path through the woodland, (if you reach Beningbrough Lodge and the exit gate, you’ve gone too far).

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A pathway through the woods in dappled in sunlight


Turn right onto the public pathway and head down the hill, through the woods. Beningbrough’s Home Farm can be seen across the fields on your right.

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A path in the woodland with a nature hurdle for wildlife on the left


At the bottom of the hill, there are two gates, close together. Go right through both gates picking up the river path. If you turn left here, you will be heading to Beningbrough village and eventually York. Keep right to complete a circular route of the estate.

A riverside path with low tree branches and the river on the left


Continue along the river bank – this is the only area not fenced from the cattle along the route. You can catch glimpses of the hall on your right as you carry on along the route.

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A picture of a river framed by trees


You will reach a small sandy area where the River Nidd joins the River Ouse, follow the path round to the right. This is a great spot to enjoy views back towards the hall.

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A bend in the river with a sandy ban


Keep going past the Victorian Water Tower (that used to bring water to the hall and the skating pond) continuing along the path.

Beningbrough water tower, a striking brick structure against a blue sky


When the path splits giving you the choice to keep left along the riverbank, or right up towards Newton village, select the right-hand path.

A grassy path bending to the left with another path splitting off to the right


Before you reach the village, look out for the small gate on the right-hand side. With Newton Lodge on your left-hand side, cross over the entrance driveway into the woodland opposite and follow the bark mulch pathway through the woods.

Dappled sunlight through woodland path


Keeping to the right, clearing the woods, follow the path along the edge of the fields. Look out for the frame with views back to the hall.

A wooden frame underneath a tree with views onto Beningbrough across parkland on the right


Following the path, you will come to first a small pond on your left quickly followed by a picnic area.

Picnic bench surrounded by wild flowers with view to a red bricked hall beyond


Having passed the picnic area, head through the gate leading out onto the concrete path which leads up to a gate with the road and entrance to Home Farm on the other side.


Go through the gate, cross the exit road and follow the sign towards Home Farm, retracing your steps back to the car park.


Beningbrough Hall car park

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Beningbrough river walk

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Beningbrough river walk

How to get here

Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
By road

Signposted from the A19 and A59 over Toll bridge.

Beningbrough river walk

Facilities and access

  • Follow directions to Beningbrough Hall