Start / End: Londesborough Village
Distance: 1.95 miles
Time: 1 hour
Map: OS 294
We did this walk on a rainy day but it was pretty easy and nice to get out to stretch our legs. There is quite a bit of livestock in the fields, so for most of it Bill was on a lead. Also watch out for red kites.
1. Park in Londesborough Village on Low Street or Love Lane but be very careful not to block access or the road. Pick up the Yorkshire Wolds Way path where Love Lane and Low Road meet, and where there is an entrance to the Londesborough Estate then follow the right-hand fork through the wooded area. After a short distance downhill you will come to the gate to the park.
A mansion was first built at Londesborough Park in the 16th Century and was owned, at that time, by the Clifford family, who were the Earls of Cumberland. In the 1700's the estate passed to the Dukes of Devonshire, who demolished Londesborough Hall in 1819. The estate was then sold to George Hudson, York's infamous 'Railway King' who built his own private station on the estate.
2. Turn left after going through the gate. Follow the path around and then up through the field and down again and through a gate in the fence line - again being mindful of cows in the first part.
3. The path continues to drop down to the far edge of the field where there is a small footbridge, Cross the bridge into another field - this one may have sheep in it - and walk straight across the field - skimming the edge of a hillock on your left. This will bring you to a gate on the other side of the field.
4. Go through the gate and turn right onto a farm track. Walk along the farm track until reaching the first signpost on your right.
5. At the signpost walk through the kissing-gate here and follow the Yorkshire Wolds Way. This takes you through a field that may have cows in it, so do keep dogs on leads here.
6. Follow the path down to the lake and cross over the footbridge at the lake. Continue up the path through Londesborough Park.
7. Turn right at the T junction of paths and follow the path back to the gate where you came into the park to the gate, through which you can exit the Park and make your way back up to the village. From here just retrace your steps back to your car, maybe visiting Londesborough Village and church before heading home.
Londesborough All Saints Church is well worth a visit if you can, as it is a wonderful historic building that was built in the 12th century, where you can discover a host of intriguing artefacts that have associations with the great and the good.