Castle Howard

Route: Castle Howard

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 29th June 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.0 miles

Weather: Overcast

Castle Howard is a magnificent stately home set in the rolling landscape of the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The castle hosts a flower festival every year, so we decided to visit the festival and then have a walk round the grounds. After admiring the stunning and highly original floral displays we wandered outside into the gardens. There are over 1,000 acres and it would be hard to take everything in in the course of a single visit. We were content to explore the area around Ray Wood, which we’ve not visited before

The woodland has benefitted from a 3 year restoration program by Yorkshire Arboretum and is home to a collection of plants from all over the world. Many of the trees, shrubs and flowers in the wood are the original introductions of species to this country, gathered by the great plant-hunters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. There’s a network of paths in the wood and we wandered around these for a while before heading across to the Great Lake

From here we made our way back to the start. It had been another wonderful visit. For a longer walk in the area combining a visit to Castle Howard click here and for another walk around the grounds last year (and on a sunnier day than today) click here

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