Castle Howard Walks
The 1000 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this stately home is a walker's paradise. There are peaceful woodland trails, two large lakes, a series of ponds, formal gardens and fountains. There's a lovely walled garden with romantic Italianate trellises and peaceful woodland trails in the Yorkshire Arboretum. The Arboretum covers 120 acres and includes a wonderful collection of trees from all over the world. There's also beautiful rhododendrons and a wildflower meadow to enjoy. All the while there is the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Howardian Hills making a splendid backdrop.
The house itself has been categorised as 'One of the World's Top Ten Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses' in Lonely Planet's 1,000 Ultimate Sights. It was used as the fictional 'Brideshead', in the 1981 TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and the two-hour 2008 remake for cinema.
The Centenary Way runs past the estate so you could easily pick this up and extend your walk into this AONB. The lovely village of Terrington is nearby so you could head there and enjoy a circular walk exploring the woodland, farmland and hills surrounding the village.
Also nearby is the town of Malton where there are riverside paths along the River Derwent and a fascinating Roman Fort to see.
PostcodeYO60 7DA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Castle Howard Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Castle Howard Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Castle Howard OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Castle Howard Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There are a number of fine on site cafes and shops at the expansive site.
The grounds are a great place for a dog walk with miles of woodland and parkland trails to explore with your friend. The on site cafes are also dog friendly with water bowls available. Free bones can also be obtained from the Farm Shop. You are requested to keep them on leads throughout the site.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Hovingham Walk visits the site from the nearby village by following the Ebor Way and Centenary Way through the local woodland and countrysidfe. The idyllic village is well worth a visit with a historic Saxon Church, a picturesque cricket pitch by the 18th century Hovingham Hall, a pretty beck and two fine hotels to relax in after your exercise.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Howardian Hills Walks page.