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, do the whole loop enjoying the many different views onto Beningbrough. There’s lots of potential to see different wildlife on this walk too, making it a great option for all the family to get out and engage with the great outdoors.

Good to know

Follow the yellow waymarkers. For your safety and to protect the cattle and calves, please stay on the footpaths and avoid roaming across the fields. Aberdeen Angus cattle can be seen in the parkland for much of the year. They belong to the tenant farmer who also runs the farm shop and cafe. Take care when the cows are in the fields and please be aware the bull may be there too.

View with blue sky and bushes along a river with a village and church spire in the far distance


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


Beningbrough Hall car park


Starting with Beningbrough's visitor entrance behind you, head to the bottom right of the car park to the gate. Go through the gate and follow the path along towards the farm shop. Carry on to the left leaving the farm shop behind you, heading along the tarmac road.

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.

Looking onto some picnic tables in the grass with people enjoying the view


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 the Farm Shop, retracing your steps back to the car park.


Beningbrough Hall car park

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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

  • Free car park follow directions to Beningbrough Hall