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Walking at Castle Howard

Bubbling brooks, ancient monuments and woods carpeted with bluebells, the Castle Howard Estate lies within some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside and what better way to discover this stunning landscape than on foot?
Situated in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty and close to the North York Moors National Park, Castle Howard is the perfect base for your adventures. Whether you fancy a daylong ramble across field, forest or furrow, or even a meander across the moors, there's a walk here for everyone. 
Pick your own trail or try one of the downloadable walks below provided by the Howardian Hills AONB and North York Moors National Park and see where your next wanderings will take you…
Walking from Castle Howard
Walking from Slingsby
Walking from Welburn
Walking from Helmsley to Rievaulx
Walking from Terrington
For more walks, accessible routes and cycle tracks, take a look at the Howardian Hills and North York Moors National Park websites
Wondering where to start? The Castle Howard Courtyard is a fantastic base for walkers and cyclists. With free parking, toilets and refreshments available from our Coffee Shop and Courtyard Café, we have everything you need for a great day out.

We are Walking Friendly

At Castle Howard, we like to make our visitors’ experience as special as possible so we’ve signed up to The North York Moors National Park ‘Walking Friendly’ initiative. Here are just a few of the things we do to help make your walk a great one:
  • Muddy boots, wet bums and dogs are welcome in our Courtyard Café, just ask our team for boot protectors
  • Plan your trek over a spot of lunch with our OS maps available in the Courtyard Café and take away a paper map of local walks
  •  Remember to stay hydrated! We’ll refill your water bottle free of charge
  • Got a flask and fancy a brew on the go? Ask our Coffee Shop staff to fill your re-usable cup
For more information on the Walking Friendly scheme, please visit the North York Moors website

Love our Landscape

We love our landscape and we hope you will too. Keep yourself and the countryside safe by following the North York Moors National Park Moors Message and the Countryside Code

Have you enjoyed your time at Castle Howard? Want to tell us what you thought? Take our quick and easy Discover Nature survey. It's your opportunity to tell us about your experience of nature on the Estate and how we can improve our visitor experience.

Thank you for your time and we hope you enjoy your next adventure!