Enjoy a lovely stroll through the Londesborough Estate on this short walk near Pocklington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The estate of Londesborough was created by the third Earl of Burlington in the 17th century and was also one of the seats of the Dukes of Devonshire. The hall was demolished in 1819 but the surrounding parkland and some remnants of the old buildings still remain.
In the park you'll find some lovely countryside with cattle and horses to look out for in the fields. There's also pretty streams, pockets of woodland and two small lakes with the Upper Lake joining the larger Lower Lake via a stream and small weir.
It's a delightful place for walkers with good public footpaths and the Yorkshire Wolds Way passing right through the estate. You can start the walk from the car park just to the south of the park, near Goodmanham. Then head north along the paths which will take you around the eastern side of the lake to Londesborough village. After exploring the village you return by crossing the lake on the Wolds Way and returning to the car park.
The estate is located just a couple of miles north of Market Weighton. If you prefer you could start the walk from there and follow the Wolds Way all the way to the park.
To extend your walk you could continue north along the trail and visit Nunburnholme and Millington Woods. If you head south you can pick up the Market Weighton Canal and enjoy a waterside walk to the Humber Estuary.
PostcodeYO43 3LD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Londesborough Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Londesborough Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Londesborough Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Londesborough Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Pocklington we recommend a visit to the very pretty Burnby Hall Gardens. It's a lovely place for an afternoon stroll with landscaped gardens and two lakes. The park is notable for over 100 types of water lilies displayed in the lakes where you can also feed the fish. There's also an ornamental bridge, a Victorian Garden, an Aviary Garden, a newly restored Edwardian Rock Garden, a Stumpery, and a Birch Walk, the latter being the most recent horticultural addition. You can find out about the history of the area in the Stewart Museum. It houses a fascinating collection of artefacts collected by Major Stewart on eight world tours that were undertaken between 1906 and 1926, several of which have been deemed by UNESCO as being of national and international importance. Afterwards visit the cafe where you can enjoy refreshments with a view. You can find the park in the town centre with a postcode of YO42 2QF for your sat navs.
Burnby Hall - Victorian Gardens and Dragonfly Pond
Head a few miles south and you'll find North Cliffe Woods. The bluebell woods are a pleasant place for a peaceful stroll with lots of interesting flora and fauna to see.