Circular walk from Beningbrough Hall and along the River Ouse

Walking trail

Not everything sleeps during the winter period. Many native and visiting birds and mammals are around and busy. This pleasant amble along easy footpaths on the banks of the River Ouse will reward you with lots of opportunities to engage with nature and discover Beningbrough’s winter wildlife. As you pass along the river, look out for the brilliant flash of a kingfisher. A fleeting glimpse of an otter is always a possibility on a quiet day. During the summer months, look out for sand martins that nest along the banks of the river and for the oyster catchers and curlews that breed here. If you are lucky you may find the rare and the visually stunning iridescent green tansy beetle, which was once widespread in the UK but now endangered and not seen in many places but can be found along a 30km stretch of the River Ouse.

Good to know

The farm at Beningbrough Hall is tenanted and cattle graze in the parkland, whilst the north side of the park is fenced, the south side is not and we ask you to keep dogs on a lead at all times. Dogs are now allowed into Beningbrough's gardens and you'll find drinking water for our four legged friends at reception. Some paths are not ideal for prams and buggies. Refreshments are available at Beningbrough Hall behind the pay barrier, at Home Farm and also further afield in Newton-on-Ouse.

Looking over the railings into the woods with a carpet of bluebells at Beningbrough


Map showing the route around the parkland at Beningbrough Hall


Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens car park


Go through the gate in the north east corner of the car park and follow the path round to the front of Home Farm shop. Go down the drive to the exit road and cross over, sign posted the Larch Walk. Follow a large concrete track until you get to a gate to your right and one that leads straight on into a picnic area.

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


Go through the gate into a picnic area. Follow the track along the edge of the field, you may be able to see prize winning Aberdeen Angus cattle grazing here. When you reach the large oak tree, look back down the drive for a majestic view of the north side of the hall. Keep walking along the edge of the field until you come to a small copse of trees. Follow the track through the trees to the left until you reach Newton Lodge.

Beningbrough Hall, north side


With Newton Lodge on your right, cross over the entrance road and head slightly to your left to follow the path through the gate into a field, the River Ouse is in front of you. Follow the path at the top of the field along the side of the trees until you reach the path running alongside the banks of the river. Keep following the tree lined path along the banks of the river until you reach the late 19th-century castellated water tower and pump house.

Beningbrough Hall, path to water tower


Go through the gate at the water tower and keep following the distinct path along the side of the river. You will soon come to a wide bend in the river where the River Ouse joins the River Nidd. From this point look back towards Beningbrough Hall for a panoramic south view. Continue along the path, going straight through two kissing gates.

Trees on the side of a river


From the kissing gate the path runs away from the river and follows the line of the field on a slight incline towards Beningbrough Lodge. Just before the lodge take a small path through the trees to a gate on the exit road out of Beningbrough, cross over the road through another gate signposted Pike Ponds and follow the meandering path through the trees to the Pike Ponds. A stunning carpet of bluebells can be seen here in spring.

A carpet of bluebells with trees and path cutting through


After a walk around the historic ponds, take up the path again and follow it along Larch Walk to the gate at the end. Go through the gate and turn left back down the concrete track towards Home Farm. Take the path in front of Home Farm and through the gates to bring you back to the main car park.

A pond surrounded by trees


Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens car park

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Circular walk from Beningbrough Hall and along the River Ouse

Contact us

For more information call 01904 472027

Circular walk from Beningbrough Hall and along the River Ouse

How to get here

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

Signposted from the A19 and A59 over Toll bridge.

Circular walk from Beningbrough Hall and along the River Ouse

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Restaurant