This walk near Castle Howard starts from the pretty village of Welburn in the Howardian Hills

It’s a 3 mile circular walk with no hard climbs, ancient woodland, amazing vistas of Castle Howard and stunning views over the surrounding countryside.  My perfect walk!

Head out of the village of Welburn (walking towards the A64).  After about 50 metres follow a public footpath sign, and a gate on the left.

This takes you diagnally through the first field, then keep the hedgerow on your right. Here a wooden sign points you into the woods, belonging to the Castle Howard Estate. And what pretty old woodland it is.  Just look at the size of this oak tree.

ancient woodland walk near Castle Howard

It reduces me to Borrower size proportions!

Then you follow the path uphill until you come to The Centenary Way path a wide, flat, path running along a ridgeway; and turn left.

When you come to a gate turn right towards Castle Howard and you’ll come to a track.

Views of Castle Howard

The bridge ahead takes you into Castle Howard’s grounds (don’t go this way unless you have an entrance ticket).

Take a left along the track. Here you get a clear view of Castle Howard’s hugh mausoleum (to the right) and as you walk half a mile down this track, the famous Atlas Fountain and Castle Howard house itself comes into view.

view from walk near Castle Howard

The Countryside

When you reach a turret (a folly) take a way-marked left down the fields toward a farm on the edge of Welburn and follow the way marked sign to the village high street.

Just before you decend into Welburn, take time to admire the views. Just look at that stunning rolling countryside with the Yorkshire Wolds in the distance.  It’s no surprise that the Howardian Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is it?

walk near Castle Howard

Now you have a choice of refreshments in Welburn – The Crown and Cushion pub or the Leaf and Loaf cafe?  I couldn’t possibly recommend one over the other!   If I had to choose, I’d say “both”!

refreshments after your walk

And all this within a 5 mile drive of Spring Cottage, where you’ll find details of this walk, and many others.

Stay at Spring Cottage and walk near Castle Howard to your heart’s content.

Emmerse yourself fully in Yorkshire’s green and pleasant land with a special place to call home at the end of your day’s walking.

Look >>Your Cottage Awaits<<


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