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Couple walking with dog through woodland
Take a stroll through the woodland | © National Trust Image/Trevor Ray Hart

Beningbrough woodland Larch walk

Follow the blue waymarks on this woodland walk that's just the right length for the whole family. Listen out for birdsong, take a detour to the medieval pike ponds and, in spring, enjoy a carpet of bluebells among the trees.

Important notice

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. Please note the route around the pike ponds is closed due to work on the maintenance of the paths.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

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

Cross over the main exit road and continue through the gate directly in front of you. Follow the concrete path with views over Beningbrough’s parkland on your left-hand side.

Four black cows grazing on a sunny day with trees in the background at Beningbrough Hall
Cows grazing at Beningbrough Hall | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Step 3

At the end of the concrete path, before you reach the picnic area, take the gate on the right that leads along a bark mulch pathway through the woods.

Step 4

If you want to extend your route slightly, there’s the option here to branch off left for a circular walk around the pike ponds before rejoining the main path. The ponds date back to medieval times when they were dug out, lined with clay and used to keep fish for a ready supply of food. Please note the route around the pike ponds is currently closed due to work on the maintenance of the paths.

Step 5

Carry on through the woods. In spring, the whole of this area is carpeted with bluebells. Follow the path until you reach the metal gate and the exit road again. Here, where the road crosses the two sections of woodland, turn right and follow it back towards the hall.

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

Step 6

As you make your way back along the road, you’ll see a large dead tree on your left (read below to find out why it's important). Carry on until you reach the exit for Home Farm on your left. You've now completed the full loop. Turn left and retrace your steps to the car park.

End point

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

Trail map

An Ordnance Survey map of the Larch walk at Beningbrough
The circular Larch walk at Beningbrough | © Crown Copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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