Pennyman Estate Walk
Enjoy a long walk across the parkland and through the woodland, perfect for a walk whatever the season. Look out for wildlife and take in the views of the once Pennyman family estate. For this walk follow the pink waymarkers.
Ormesby Hall car park, TS3 OSR
Starting in the main car park, go to the top of the car park, where you will join the farm track. The track connects the farm with Church Lane.
At the end of the car park go through the gate on the left hand side and turn left onto the farm track. You will see our natural play area and formal garden on your left behind the trees and hedge. The tenanted fields will be on your right. Follow the track towards the church. The present garden and lawns surrounding the house were established in the mid to late Eighteenth Century, with a ha-ha, or sunken wall, on three sides, separating the garden from the wider parkland and to stop the grazing animals from accessing the lawn. You will see the croquet lawn over the hedge. This was enjoyed by many a Pennyman.
The track brings you back to the car park but you will pass St Cuthbert's Church along the way. Follow the track towards the church and bear left. The garden is still on your left. You will pass the overflow car park with the stables straight ahead. St Cuthbert's Church had two entrances, one for the villagers on Church Lane and one for the Pennyman family who would enter the church yard through the gate you are passing. Just inside the churchyard on the left you will be able to see some of the Pennyman graves, including Jim and Ruth Pennyman. Can you help? We hope that you really enjoyed this estate walk. The National Trust care for Ormesby Hall and the surrouding estate for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish this estate. To find out more about how you can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor, please visit our homepage.
At the overflow carpark turn right and head down the drive towards the bridge with the main house behind you and the stable block to your left. James Pennyman bought Ormesby Manor, then a single-story house, in 1599 and started a series of extensions and modifications that would continue for the next 150 years.
Just before the bridge access, turn left and go through the gate, walking beside the beck and behind the stables. The stables were completed in 1772. The date is inscribed on the bell in the clock tower. The design of the building has been attributed to John Carr of York. Originally the stables were home to the 6th baronets 20 race horses but later they were used for Colonel Pennymans' cars and as a space for theatre performances such as Romeo and Juliet in 1934.
Keep on the path and continue walking through the woodland, when you reach the tarmac road, head across towards the gate.
Go through the kissing gate and follow the woodland path. Be sure to stop and look out for the vistas across the farmers field to some great views of the estate.
Carry on through the woodland and continue past the right fork. This part of the walk is known as Pennyman Wood, named after the family who owned it. The last Mr Pennyman was James (im) Beaumont Worsley Pennyman. Jim survived being shot in the early months of World War I. He left the army after the war and began farming at Tanton Hall, near Stokesley. Jim inherited Ormesby Hall after the death of his father in 1924. He died in 1961 and with no heirs, left Ormesby Hall to the National Trust.
Keep on the path ahead as it weaves amongst the trees. Make sure to stop along the way and take in the views across the parkland. You will see the hall in the distance. Originally the estate was at the centre of a rural farming estate, consisting of 1,207 acres, stretching from the River Tees, from Middle Beck on the east to Marton Beck on the west.
As your reach the end of Pennyman woods follow the path round to the left and through the kissing gate, heading towards the driveway. Listen out for the various birds that live in the woodland, from chaffinches to blue tits and you may spot some squirrels racing about and bats in the evening.
Head up the main drive and pass through the wooden gate on the left hand side. As you walk towards a clump of trees ahead of you, look to the right and you will be able to see the tenanted Ormesby Grange Farm. The farm once supplied the Pennyman family with most of their produce, including, in the Eighteenth Century, as well as eggs, milk and other meat, turkeys, geese, hens and coal. The 6th Baronet made improvements to the farm in the 1770s with the building of a piggery which gave each pig their own shelter and yard.
The track takes you through the round clump of trees and as you emerge, if you look to the east you will get a glimpse of the stables. Then continue straight up the drive and you will return back at the main car park.
Ormesby Hall car park, TS3 0SR
You made it
Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.