Beningbrough River Walk
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. To use the car park on an open day please book your ticket via the website to help with social distancing - even if just for the parkland. If you do not use the car park, for safety, avoid parking in passing places, on embankments or close to neighbouring drives.
Good to know
Follow the yellow 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. 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.
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 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).
This area of woodland is transformed by beautiful bluebells in the spring.
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.
The nature hurdles along this path have been created to provide shelter for small animals like hedgehogs to hide in, as well as a place for birds to nest. In addition to providing a natural wind break, bugs and beetles and other insects thrive on the dead wood, making it an ideal habitat for them to enjoy.
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.
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.
As you reach the river there’s lots of wildlife to potentially catch sight of. Look out for speedy sand martins darting in and out of nests along the river bank in spring. In early summer, salmon can be spotted swimming up river to spawn in the Dales. You might catch sight of or hear an oystercatcher, curlew, kingfisher, green woodpecker or grey heron anywhere along the river. Really lucky walkers can even spot otters.
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.
The once common iridescent green beetle is now relatively rare and the River Ouse is quite possibly its most northerly location in the UK. As its name implies, it relies on the tansy plant for food and shelter. There are protected areas along the river where the tansy colonies live. You can find more information on the tansy beetle from the Tansy Beetle Action Group.
Keep going past the Victorian Water Tower (that used to bring water to the hall and the skating pond) continuing along the path.
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.
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.
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.
Following the path, you will come to first a small pond on your left quickly followed by a picnic area.
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.
***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.
Beningbrough Hall car park
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