Beningbrough river walk

Walking trail

A fantastic circular walk with sweeping views across the parkland and majestic views of the hall in the distance taking in the river, woodlands and 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. Follow the yellow way-markers, some paths may be temporarily closed - ask at admissions on your arrival for any current diversions. 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

Map

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

Start:

Beningbrough Hall car park

1

***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.

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

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.

13

***Temporary change from the route shown on the map*** Go through the gate, turn right onto the exit road, then head left retracing your steps along lime tree avenue towards the hall and back to the car park.

Long driveway with grass flanks and red bricked hall at the top

End:

Beningbrough Hall car park

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Beningbrough river walk

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Beningbrough river walk

How to get here

Address
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