Welburn and Castle Howard

Welburn and Castle Howard

Welburn and Castle Howard

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Welburn and Castle Howard
Distance: 7 miles
Duration: 2½ hours
Level of walk: EasyView Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…

If you and your dog would like to stretch your legs on a fairly long, flat walk, through beautiful woodland and fields with inspiring views of the Castle Howard estate.  The Howardian Hills and its pretty villages offer a calm and peaceful landscape for you and your pooch to wander through.

What else you need to know

How to get there – Turn off the A64 York to Malton road at Barton Hill, following the brown signs to Castle Howard. After passing under the monument, turn right at the crossroads following the sign to Welburn.

Suggested map – OS Explorer Howardian Hills and Malton 300

Car park – on the roadside in Welburn village

Start – Crown and Cushion pub in Welburn village

Length/time – 7 miles and 2½ hours

Terrain/Difficulty – EASY – mostly flat with grassy paths through wooded areas, on tracks and quiet tarmacked roads.

Dog friendliness – waste bin at the start of the walk, one stile – with a dog-gate. Plenty of off-lead opportunities on the quiet country lanes and paths.  Please observe signs regarding nesting birds in Spring and Summer.

Food and drink – Pattacakes Bakery, which has a dog-friendly cafe, in Welburn.  See Directories tab in header bar for details.

Public toilets – in the pub for patrons, and at the Village Hall just off the main street through Welburn.

Other interesting info:

Welburn village hall has been built with many renewable technologies incorporated to reduce running costs and minimise the carbon footprint of the building and its impact on the environment.

The Walk

  1. Start on the main road in Welburn near the Crown and Cushion pub. Head along the road with pub to the left then turn left down Water Lane.  At the end of the lane there is a dog waste bin. Where the lane ends, continue along a track to the left, following a waymarker sign for Coneysthorpe. In the spring and summer, dogs may need to be on the lead here due to the presence of ground-nesting birds.
  2. At the crossroads of paths, keep ahead following the public bridleway sign towards the woods. Pass through a waymarked gate into the wooded area, following the wide and clear path as it drops to a footbridge ahead on the left. Cross the bridge and continue through the woods uphill – ignoring the wide track that crosses the path. Following the sign to Coneysthorpe, leave the wooded area and continue ahead to a tarmacked lane. To the left is the Pyramid of Castle Howard and the Stately Home itself.
  3. Turn left then immediately right along a wide grassy path between two fields – still following signs to Coneysthorpe. In view to the right is the Castle Howard Mausoleum. Cross the bridge over the lake then pass through a kissing gate, and head up the grassy path diagonally to the left over the brow of the hill in front. There may be cattle in this field, so be prepared to put your pooch on the lead here. The path then passes the Temple of the Four Winds before following a stone wall. To the right, there are great views of the gently undulating Howardian Hills.
  4. At the end of the wall, turn left towards a large white waymarked gate. Pass through the kissing gate next to it and continue along the path with an old stone wall to the left and a wire and wooden post fence to the right. Following a waymarked sign for the Centenary Way, turn right onto a farm track.
  5. Follow the track across a bridge over Mill Hill’s Beck and continue slightly uphill to a junction of paths near some farm buildings. Following the sign for Gaterley (1 mile), head along a track between the farm buildings following a waymarker arrow. The Mausoleum is again visible as the track continues; again crossing the beck guided by a sign for the Centenary Way.
  6. At Low Gaterley, turn right following the Centenary Way and continue to a quiet tarmacked road. Turn right following the sign for Welburn. The quiet straight road cuts between two fields and is used by very little traffic. Izzy was not on the lead at this point, but remained under close control. Castle Howard is again visible to the right.
  7. Follow a wide path to the left signposted for Welburn – if it looks familiar, that’s because it was used earlier in the walk. Just inside the tree line, turn left through a gate following the sign to Crambeck onto a wide path through a wooded area – perfect for off-lead romping along this lovely path through the trees.
  8. Just before reaching another Castle Howard monument, take the right hand path following another Centenary Way signpost. The path leads downhill through the woods to a waymarked style with a dog-gate. Cross the stile and continue ahead to a junction of paths by a signpost for Coneysthorpe and Welburn.  Take the Welburn path and on leaving the trees, pass through a gate into a field and continue uphill along its left hand edge.  Pass a waymarker post and keep ahead as the path bears right to a public footpath sign to Welburn (½ mile).
  9. Follow the path towards Welburn, with the village coming into view ahead. The clear grassy path passes through a field towards the hedge line in front.  At a crossroads of paths, continue ahead following a yellow waymarker, between the hedgerow to the left and a field to the right. At the end of the hedgerow, follow the waymarker pointing diagonally left across a field towards the road back into Welburn village. Pass through a gate in the corner of the field, turn right and head back into the village.

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26 Comments

  1. lottie  - 13/05/2012 - 2:01 pm

    Really enjoyed this walk. Good views of castle Howard and the follies. The 2nd Loop through the woods was a nice extension to a walk we have done previously and is particularly nice this time of year as the bluebells were just coming out (05/05/12)
    Our gps clocked it as 5.58miles.

    • corina  - 13/05/2012 - 2:33 pm

      Thanks for the info, will have a look at the walk again. It does sound lovely, makes me want to do it again soon.

  2. corina  - 23/08/2012 - 1:47 pm

    Crown & Cushion pub in Welburn is closed – 23-8-12.

  3. HWA  - 15/03/2013 - 10:14 am

    Another great walk with lovely views of Castle Howard. It was so nice that we have walked this one twice this week! Little muddy in places but only to be expected! Crown and cushion pub open though.

    • corina  - 15/03/2013 - 10:21 pm

      We recently did this walk too and it was a sunny day too! The pub wasn’t open a couple of weeks ago, so we went to Pattacakes bakery over the road – lovely and dog-friendly too. Did you go in the pub and is it dog-friendly still? Really glad you enjoyed the walk and thanks for the comments.

  4. craig  - 19/04/2013 - 11:49 am

    Love the site and this is our favourite walk (so far). Done it 4 times and George (our 2 year old lakeland terrier) loves it.

    Westow and the river derwent tomorrow, can’t wait

    • corina  - 19/04/2013 - 9:33 pm

      Thanks so much for your comments. We all love this walk too and have done it quite a few times. Westow is a little gem of a walk – well we think so anyway it’s very peaceful and pretty. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on 🙂

    • Jackie B  - 13/08/2013 - 6:48 pm

      Loved this walk but stopped by the cattle over the Italian bridge at Castle Howard. Not deterred we loaded up with tea and cake for a late afternoon wander back through the woods

  5. Jo  - 14/09/2013 - 7:16 pm

    Did this walk today 14/09/13. Really lovely walk but I wouldn’t class it as easy as there are a few slight hills and given the ditance, my legs were really aching by the end of it and I am used to walking 5-6 miles a day. It is more of a medium walk I would say.
    That aside it is really pretty and the dogs were off lead all the way, just about. Had to put them on the lead when we went over the bridge and into th fied mentioned in point 3 because there were cattle and sheep in this field. However, most of the way they were happy sniffing around and playing with their ball,
    It is beautiful and I would definitely do this walk again and would reccomend it.
    Called at the Pattacake on the way back to the car and got a coffee and cake to replace all the calories we burned!! There was a bowl of water for the dogs as well. Overall a good day and thank you to Izzy and her Mum for guidin us round.

  6. Sarah Ryan  - 13/04/2014 - 7:00 pm

    I found this website last night and today (13/4/14) me, my husband and Narla our 7 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain Dog did this walk.
    Narla was getting bored of the same walks and as she has her own mind it was difficult persuading her to move when she didn’t want to.
    This walk had hundreds of smells for her with several different types of terrain to keep her interested. She was also off lead most of the way. For my husband and myself the views were stunning.
    We didn’t do the last bit of the walk as Narla was hot and tired, 7 1/2 is getting on towards old age for a Bernese!! (from point 7 we returned the way we came) However we intend to do this walk again and perhaps mix it up a bit so she gets to see it all.
    Thank you Izzy, a great walk and a great website.

  7. Victoria  - 17/04/2014 - 5:28 pm

    Really enjoyed this walk today – our first from your site. Our Bedlington was very happy off lead through most of the walk; just had to pop him on once near some sheep at Low Gaterley and again on the Tarmac road because there was a tractor. The final woodland section is lovely and well worth doing, even if you’re flagging a little bit. Although the walk was nice and gentle we all felt ready for a cup of tea and a sit down back at the car. Would recommend the public toilet at the village hall – what a great little facility, but note that it’s only open April – October.

  8. Jane Coyle, Andy Dworsky, & Floyd  - 19/04/2014 - 4:31 pm

    Fantastic walk with our hungarian vizsla “Floyd’! Lovely scenery with some great vista’s of castle Howard monuments. Pub at the end had great food and a lovely patio at the back for a welcome break and the obligatory pint! Also managed a cake at the tea shop for when we got home… All very nice! Will definitely do this again!

  9. Nick Hilton  - 27/07/2014 - 5:00 pm

    Did this excellent walk today with my 8 yr old Jack Russell and 7 year old Griffon. Stunning scenery and incredibly precise directions, you were never once left guessing. Would recommend highly, although agree that we were all shattered by the end, particularly the Griffon who had to be carried so maybe it is more of a medium than easy! Thanks for this wonderful resource, this was my first walk from the site but can’t wait to try more.

  10. Peter Thompson  - 07/08/2014 - 6:25 pm

    Just done this great walk with the gang julia john judy and our two black labs charlie and skye.we came across some cows and calves just past the temple of the four winds at the end of the wall.
    had the dogs on the leads and no bother,the views were great the directions spot on ,we met the odd tractor but this is farming and no problems. Ten out of ten,and a lot easier on our tired old feet
    than the great osmotherly walk and another pint at the end of it.
    Keep up the good work,can’t wait until next week for our new walk,thank you.

  11. David Jeffries  - 21/08/2014 - 9:55 am

    What a splendid day! Archie (Lakeland Terrier) and I normally never venture onto the hills or moors without an OS map and compass, but yesterday we followed only your guidance notes and they were inch perfect!. I hope you enjoyed writing the notes as much as we enjoyed following them. Thanks for a great day out.

  12. David Jeffries  - 21/08/2014 - 9:55 am

    What a splendid day! Archie (Lakeland Terrier) and I normally never venture onto the hills or moors without an OS map and compass, but yesterday we followed only your guidance notes and they were inch perfect!. I hope you enjoyed writing the notes as much as we enjoyed following them. Thanks for a great day out.

  13. Kevin Pye  - 17/09/2014 - 6:00 pm

    Found the website last night and did the walk today 17/8/14 with our 2 Great Danes. A truly stunning walk with lots of lovely views, both the dogs loved it getting the dogs off of the lead at every opportunity and would do this walk again as we live in York. The beauty of this walk is that it can be the full 7.5 miles or can be done as 2 smaller walks.
    The directions were fantastic with easy to follow instructions, which are better printed than following on a I Phone as we lost our signal for a short while. Welburn is a lovely village and wanted to call into the delightful pub but unfortunately was not open at 4pm

  14. Alexa  - 17/10/2014 - 5:37 pm

    Fabulous walk here today with beautiful scenery set in beautiful autumn sunlight. The walking instructions are very clear and accurate and good tips here about when to look out for popping the lead on.
    Note: Pattacakes is now called the Leaf and Loaf.

  15. Carrie, Gareth and Peanut  - 02/03/2015 - 6:04 pm

    We did this walk on Saturday morning, parked right outside the Crown and Cushion and found the directions easy to follow. The part through the woodland was very muddy underfoot but nothing a good pair of wellies couldn’t handle. Peanut loved this walk and was off the lead for most of it. Luckily there were no cows in the field as it says above that there could be, though there was a ‘beware of the bull’ sign either side of the gated field… Fantastic views and Wellbutrin village is lovely, next time we will definitely go for food in the pub or cafe. We saw very few people whilst on this walk so it was perfect for us with a pup.

  16. Carrie, Gareth and Peanut  - 02/03/2015 - 6:04 pm

    We did this walk on Saturday morning, parked right outside the Crown and Cushion and found the directions easy to follow. The part through the woodland was very muddy underfoot but nothing a good pair of wellies couldn’t handle. Peanut loved this walk and was off the lead for most of it. Luckily there were no cows in the field as it says above that there could be, though there was a ‘beware of the bull’ sign either side of the gated field… Fantastic views and Wellbutrin village is lovely, next time we will definitely go for food in the pub or cafe. We saw very few people whilst on this walk so it was perfect for us with a pup.

  17. Michelle  - 19/04/2015 - 7:08 pm

    Wonderful walk today and the first walk we have done with no confusion over directions. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. We used ‘map my trek’ app though and it logged the walk as 5.6 miles?? Easy terrain on a dry day but can imagine even when wet this would be a very do-able walk.

  18. Michelle  - 19/04/2015 - 7:08 pm

    Wonderful walk today and the first walk we have done with no confusion over directions. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. We used ‘map my trek’ app though and it logged the walk as 5.6 miles?? Easy terrain on a dry day but can imagine even when wet this would be a very do-able walk.

  19. Jo O'Donoghue  - 31/07/2015 - 8:15 pm

    Thanks so much for making this walk available for us. Although I left my dog at home in Dublin it was lovely to meet other pooches en route. Lovely walk and lovely tea and scones at the end, although the coffee shop is now called Leaf and Loaf!
    Best wishes

  20. Jo O'Donoghue  - 31/07/2015 - 8:15 pm

    Thanks so much for making this walk available for us. Although I left my dog at home in Dublin it was lovely to meet other pooches en route. Lovely walk and lovely tea and scones at the end, although the coffee shop is now called Leaf and Loaf!
    Best wishes

  21. Marcie  - 13/05/2017 - 6:36 pm

    An outstanding walk, 10 out of 10!

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