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Walking Route, free entry

Castle Howard Walk

Castle Howard Walk

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This 5-mile walk exploring the Castle Howard parkland starts outside the courtyard to Castle Howard – a perfect spot for a pre-walk coffee or post-walk refreshment. It skirts past the village of Coneysthorpe, with its welcoming bench on the green and Georgian chapel, and offers a tremendous insight into Castle Howard’s unrivalled setting, surrounded by parkland and a farmed and forested landscape. There’s also a slightly shorter alternative route, though both walks give fantastic views of Castle Howard itself and its iconic landmarks – the the Great Lake, the Temple of the Four Winds and the Mausoleum. The routes converge to bring you up the grand tree-lined Avenue to the Obelisk, which stands at the entrance to the house and estate.

Great for: family walks, big-sky views, history lovers.

Length:5 miles (8km)

Time: 3 hours

Start/Finish: Castle Howard car park

Grid Ref: SE 710 699

OS Map: Ordnance Survey 300

Refreshments: Castle Howard

Toilets: Castle Howard.

About this walk


The route is gently undulating, on tarmac roads and grassy paths which can be muddy in winter and after spells of heavy rain. There are no stiles en route. Take care when walking on the road edge near Castle Howard - it's a busy road with fast-moving traffic.


Please keep dogs on a lead or under close control at all times. Please also take into account any seasonal signage relating to ground-nesting birds or livestock.

Castle Howard landmarks

Castle Howard, one of England’s finest stately home, sits in rolling parkland in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The main house – initially designed by John Vanbrugh, with help from Nicholas Hawksmoor – took over a century to complete and is a fascinating blend of architectural styles.

But it’s the monuments in the estate grounds that are the best-known landmarks, notably Hawksmoor’s elegant, colonnaded Mausoleum (private burial place of the Howard family) that can be seen from afar. Another Hawskmoor monument, the mysterious Pyramid (of 1728), presides over magnificent estate views from its hilltop site, while at a crossing on the Great Avenue, by the main entrance, soars a 100-foot-high Obelisk (1714). You’ll encounter all these monuments on the walk, while a short diversion to the New River Bridge also grants fine views of the majestic Temple of the Four Winds, once used as a rather refined garden retreat by the Howard family.

Did you know?

You can take boat trips of Castle Howard's Great lake in summer for some amazing views of the house.

Walk Route: The route is gently undulating, on tarmac roads and grassy paths which can be muddy in winter and after spells of heavy rain.

Access: Easy to access.

Duration: 3 hours.

Miles: 5


Free entry


Castle Howard Car Park,
The Stray,
YO60 7DA



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Map reference: SE 716700  Lat: 54.12141 Long: -0.90595

Start/Finish: Castle Howard car park