A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Arboretum walk at Castle Howard
Arboretum walk at Castle Howard
Distance: 2½ miles
Duration: 2 hours
Level of walk: Easy View Walks Key
If you love trees and want an easy stroll in a beautiful and tranquil place. The Arboretum walk is very dog-friendly with plenty of wide open spaces for you and your dog to run around in, together with lots of places to sit undercover with your pooch if it’s raining. The tea and sausage butties in the friendly café are wonderful too. Being very near Castle Howard you get a feeling of grandeur and space, a very special place.
What else you need to know
It’s open from 1 March to 30 November
How to get there – Turn off the A64 York to Scarborough road at Barton-le-Willows, and follow the brown signs for Castle Howard along Mains Lane and The Stray. Alternatively, turn off the B1257 Malton to Helmsley road at Slingsby and follow the brown signs for Castle Howard. At the roundabout, follow signs for the Aboretum car park.
Public Transport – Take the No.180 or 181 Stephenson’s bus from York Piccadilly or the No. 183 from Malton bus station, next to the railway station. Services are limited and do not run on Sundays or public holidays.
Car park – FREE at the Arboretum
Entry fee – £5.00 for adults, £2.50 for children or £12.50 for a family (correct at May 2011).
Start – walk starts after you’ve gone to the café and shop area as directed from the car park.
Length/time – Entry fee includes a map and guide to the grounds with suggested short and longer trails to follow, but everyone can wander where they like. The Long Tree Trail is about 4km (2½ miles) and should take less than 2 hours to complete.
Terrain/difficulty – EASY with good and well maintained grassy paths. You can walk as much or as little as you like.
Dog friendliness – as the sign says, ‘Dogs are Welcome’ but on a lead or under close control – defined as within 10 metres. No stiles on this walk. There is a separate enclosed area however, for dogs to have a good run round in. Dog waste bins are plentiful and marked on map provided. Bags are also provided by the entrance!
Food and drink – friendly café on site, with a covered area outside for customers with dogs. Free dog treats and water available too. The nearby Pattacakes Bakery at Welburn is dog-friendly if you want food and drinks in-doors. See Directories for details.
Other interesting info:
The trees are numbered, corresponding to a detailed description in your guide and there are beautiful wood sculpture displays throughout the walk. Look out for great names like ‘Furniture Maker’s Walk’ on your travels through the Arboretum.