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View of the River Ouse at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire
A view of the River Ouse at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Beningbrough river and woodland walk

Follow the yellow way-markers on this circular walk from 18th-century Beningbrough Hall, through woods and along the River Ouse, with sweeping views across the estate and the chance to spot a wide range of wildlife.

Please avoid the fields

For your safety and to protect cattle and calves, please stay on the footpaths and avoid roaming across the fields. Take care when the cows are in the fields as the bull may be there too.

Total steps: 13

Total steps: 13

Start point

Beningbrough Hall car park, YO30 1DD. Grid ref: SE518585

Step 1

Start in the car park. With your back to Visitor Reception, head diagonally towards the gate in the far-right corner. Go through the gate and follow the path towards Home Farm. With the farm on your right, continue left along the tarmac road.

Step 2

Turn right onto the exit road. As this is one of the main driveways into Beningbrough, please be extra careful of 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 woods. If you reach Beningbrough Lodge and the exit gate, you’ve gone too far.

Bluebells in the woods at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire
Bluebells in the woods at Beningbrough, North Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Step 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.

Step 4

At the bottom of the hill there are two gates, close together. Go straight through and pick up the river path. If you turn left here, you'll be heading to Beningbrough village and eventually York. Keep right to complete a circular route of the estate.

Step 5

Continue along the river bank – this is the only area on the route not fenced off from cattle. On your right, you can catch glimpses of the hall.

A close up of a kingfisher with a fish in its mouth perched on a branch
A kingfisher with its catch | © National Trust Images/Richard Bradshaw

Step 6

You'll reach a small sandy area where the River Nidd joins the River Ouse – a great spot to enjoy views back towards the hall. From here, follow the path round to the right.

Close up of a shiny green beetle
Meet the rare tansy beetle at Beningbrough | © National Trust / Joanne Parker

Step 7

Keep going past the Victorian Water Tower, which used to bring water to the hall and the skating pond, and continue along the path.

Step 8

When the path splits, giving you the choice to keep going left along the riverbank or right up towards Newton village, take the right-hand path.

Step 9

Before you reach the village, look out for a small gate to your right. With Newton Lodge on your left, cross over the entrance driveway into the woodland opposite and follow the bark mulch pathway through the trees.

Step 10

Keeping to the right, you'll come out of the woods. Follow the path along the edge of the fields. Look out for the frame with views back to the hall.

Step 11

Continuing along the path, you'll come to a small pond on your left quickly followed by a picnic area.

Step 12

Past the picnic area, head through the gate leading out onto the concrete path. This leads up to another gate, with the road, and the entrance to Home Farm, on the other side.

Step 13

Go through the gate, cross the exit road and follow the sign towards Home Farm, retracing your steps back to the car park.

End point

Beningbrough Hall car park, YO30 1DD. Grid ref: SE518585

Trail map

Map of the circular river walk at Beningbrough, North Yorkshire
The circular river walk at Beningbrough, North Yorkshire | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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