Outdoors at Aldwark

Make the most of our beautiful countryside setting


Walking around the estate...

There is never anything ordinary around Aldwark and the surrounding villages. The area is steeped in history, supports a fascinating array of wildlife and is the perfect place to enjoy a walk (with a picnic, which we can happily provide). Take a stroll through the surrounding quintessential English countryside by following one of the three suggested routes below.

Walk 1 - Distance 2.5miles

  • Start by turning left of the fountain with the hotel behind you following the path to Aldwark Village.
  • Once at the end of Aldwark Manor drive, with the church in front of you, turn left and follow the road until you see a red path on your right hand side, arched by some foliage.
  • Follow the red path onto the golf course and over the bridge to the other side of the River Ure.
  • Once over the bridge, turn left and walk along the bank with the River Ure on your left.
  • Upon approaching the toll bridge, take the small bridge over the brook into the car park. Follow the path up to the road and turn left to walk over the bridge.
  • Follow the road and take the first left, which is signed posted Aldwark Manor Hotel, and the entrance is 500 yards on your right.

Walk 2 - Distance 3 miles

  • Similarly to Walk 1, turn left of the fountain with the Manor behind you and follow the drive towards Aldwark Village.
  • Continue out of the drive following the pavement through the village until you see the last house in the village with the sign post “Fishing Lane” to your left.
  •  Once passing the house, take an immediate right following the sign “Public Footpath”.
  • Following this path you will come across scenic fields and woods. Once reaching the end of the track turn right
  • Carry on along the road until you reach the next right turn which is signposted “Aldwark Manor”
  • The entrance is 500 yards on your right.

Walk 3 - Distance 5.8miles

  • Again, with the Manor behind you, turn left of the fountain heading along the drive towards Aldwark Village.
  • Walk through the village to the left hand side walking past The Aldwark Arms and up the track known as Rice Lane.
  • After 2 ½ miles take the footpath to the right which takes you along the edge of “Haddocks Plantation”.
  • Make sure to keep the woods to your right hand side and once the corner of the woods is reached, turn right.
  • After 128 metres turn through the woods and over the field towards Grange Cottage.
  • Make sure to keep to the footpath and after 170 metres, follow the path making sure not to follow the footpath.
  • This path leads you to the edge of the farm and onto Straight Lane then turn right.
  • Keep on the lane walking past the fishing lakes and Lodge Farm.
  • As you reach the T-Junction, turn right and follow the road through Aldwark Village and leading to the Manor entrance.

I want to ride my bicycle...

If you want to travel further afield on two wheels, Aldwark Manor Estate is perfectly situated for picturesque cycle rides along quiet lanes and scenic country views. Below are three routes for you to try. Bikes are available to hire from Aldwark Manor Estate. Please call 01347 838 146 to reserve your bike now (children’s bicycles are also available).

Route 1 - Alne outskirts & Youlton

Approximately 9.1km (5.65miles) main road around the fields via Alne outskirts and Youlton
  • Head out of the Estate towards Aldwark Village, stay on the main road out through the village.
  • At the end of the long straight is a fork in the road, make sure you stay towards the right, left would take a shortcut to Flawith.
  • You will come to Alne road, and should turn right. This should be sign posted for Alne and Tollerton.
  • Approximately 0.5km from this junction is a crossroads, turn right and head towards Youlton Village. If you fancy a little detour you can turn left at the crossroads and head into Alne village.
  • Once in Youlton village follow the road round to the right and head down the twisty roads for approximately 2.5km before turning right at the t- junction. From there Aldwark Manor will be signposted.

Route 2 - Aldwark Tollerton Linton Loop

Approximately 17.1km (10.6 miles) Loop from Aldwark via Tollerton and Linton on Ouse
  • Head out of the Estate towards Aldwark Village, stay on the main road out through the village.
  • At the end of the long straight is a fork in the road, make sure you stay towards the right, left would take a shortcut to Flawith.
  • You will come to Alne road, and should turn right. This should be sign posted for Alne and Tollerton.
  • Keep following Alne Road through Tollerton, Where Alne road finishes in the middle of the village pick up Newton Road.
  • Bare right onto York bridge Road when Newton Road finishes.
  • Follow York bridge road until just after the new parks beck crossing, you will see a house in another fork in the road, again bare right and head down Tollerton Lane.
  • Follow Tollerton Lane past a couple of farms until you arrive on Newton on Ouse Village.
  • Once in the village turn right down moor lane, continue on this road out through the village past the parish hall and pub heading towards Linton on Ouse.as you go out through the village the River Ouse will be situated on your left.
  • Moor lane will meet main street which goes straight through Linton, follow this road through the village and out past the RAF base.
  • Not far after the base there is a farm, on a right handed bend. Follow the road round to the right and continue heading towards Aldwark Toll Bridge.
  • You will approach another farm and appear at a t junction, Aldwark Toll Bridge will be on your left. To head back to the Manor turn right on boat lane.
  • Approximately 0.2km after you have turned right down boat lane, turn left and head back towards the manor. The manor will be sign posted from here.

Route 3 - Aldwark Boroughbridge Loop

Approximately 30.5km (19 miles) Aldwark Loop via Helperby, Boroughbridge and Great Ouseburn.

  • Head out of the Estate towards Aldwark Village, stay on the main road out through the village.
  • At the end of the long straight is a fork in the road, make sure you take the shortcut left towards Flawith.
  • From Flawith follow the signs to Helperby Village, make sure to stay left just after Flawith village. There is a fork in the road, left to Helperby and right to Tholthorpe.
  • Once in helper by village follow the right hand bend and then turn left at the junction opposite the pub. The pub will be on the right hand side of you.
  • Continue out of Helperby village and over river swale on Thornton Bridge. Make a left turn just after the bridge and head towards Boroughbridge.
  • Follow the back roads and down Helperby lane, and sharp left handed bend onto Scald hill Lane and sharp right handed bend onto Moor Lane.
  • Keep on Moor lane and follow it in-between two farms either side of the road on a slight bend at Milby.
  • At the end of moor lane you come to a t junction, turn left. This should be sign posted for Boroughbridge. A new housing estate will be in front of you at the junction.
  • You will come to a roundabout; follow the B6265 through the centre of Boroughbridge.
  • Make sure to take a left turn opposite the post box and follow the right hand bend past the tourist information, then tight left past the seating area.
  • Continue down the B6265 (may also be called York Road from this point) for approximately 6.7km and turn left onto Carr side road. This will take you onto Main street into Great Ouseburn village
  • On your left after the last house in the village is a big open field, make sure to take a left after the field onto boat lane and head back towards Aldwark Toll Bridge. Aldwark Manor is signposted from this point.
  • Follow boat lane over the bridge, approxamtlelt 0.3km after the bridge turn left back towards Aldwark Manor.

More reasons to visit...

There are plenty of local attractions within easy driving distance to Aldwark Manor Estate.

, Thirsk, 
North Yorkshire, 

Feeling adventurous and adrenaline pumping? Explore 50 acres at Yorkshire outdoors with activities for all the adrenaline junkies in the family. Activities include: 4x4 off road, Quad biking, Clay pigeon shooting, Segway’s, Archery. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 08:30 – 17:30. 20 miles/30 minutes from Aldwark. Minimum ages do apply.

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

Ideal place to introduce children to farmyard residents. From being hands on with the animals to beating mum and dad on the go karts, making sand castles in the sand pit or having a ride on the pink barrel train.
16.1 miles/ 28 minutes from Aldwark

Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Magnificent Stately home with gardens, from delving into history of the Howard family to walking round the waterways. Perfect location for a family picnic. 28.1 miles/ 51 minutes from Aldwark Manor. Recommend pre booking and checking opening times depending on time of the year.

Dalby Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT

Perfect day outdoors at Dalby forest, something to occupy every family member.

  • 13 walking trails (including easy access)
  • 6 cycling trails
  • 4 running trails
  • Visitor Centre
  • Shop
  • 2 play areas
  • Café
  • Bike shop and hire
  • Activity Centre
  • Go ape treetop adventure
  • Forest Segway

49.5 miles/ 1 hour 17 from Aldwark Manor
Site open 8am - 8pm everyday

0871 911 8000

Kirby Misperton, Malton, YO17 6UX

Great day out for the family. Enjoy walking through the park with animals and rides surrounding you, or rest your feet from the action and watch a daytime live show.

28.5 miles / 59m minute Aldwark Manor

Wired ropes, Wed Adventure Park, Wigginton road, York, YO32 2RH

Mixture of activities for a day out. Challenge yourself on the 14metre vertical wall or tackle the suspended assault course or smash it and complete both either one will test your nerve and ability. For the younger members of the family they can meet animals and test their senses in the indoor play areas.

11, 9 miles/ 22 minutes from Aldwark Manor

01904 73812

Tinker Lane, Harewood Whin, Rufforth, York, Yo23 3Rr

13.3 miles/ 26 minutes from Aldwark Manor 

Prices are per person and correct at the time of publishing. Restrictions do apply and pre-booking is highly recommended.

34 acres set in the Vale of York with activities whatever the weather including clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, 4 x 4 off road, and archery. 

0333 016 1010 www.railwaymuseum.org.uk

Learn all about the history for rail within Britain and have a look at the impressive collection of railway vehicles. 

Entry is free however pre-booking is required

Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

0333 016 1010

14.9 miles/ 28 minutes from Aldwark Manor 

Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT

01904 615505

14.4miles/ 31 minutes from Aldwark Manor 


Looking for something a little different and want to see how brave you are? Try York Dungeons where you go back in time through the ages and dig up York’s History.

12 Clifford Street,
York, YO1 9RD
01904 632599
14.4 miles/ 31 minutes from Aldwark Manor

Perfect place for anyone with a sweet tooth. Enjoy a fully guided tour going back 300 years of chocolate making history.

Kings Square
01904 527765

15.8 miles/ 35 minutes from Aldwark Manor

Walk along the River Nidd and visit the birthplace of the famous prophetess, mother Shipton. Her caves are set next to England’s oldest visitor attraction of the petrifying well.

Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of the famous prophetess. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the waters which turn objects to stone.

Harrogate Road

01423 864600

11.4 miles/ 26 minutes from Aldwark Manor

Please note there is sections of this attraction where wheelchairs and pushchairs are not accessible.

01904 607341

Fun filled day with rides, and attractions. Question is can you escape the Mazie maze?

Dunnington Lodge
Elvington Lane
York YO19 5LT

01904 607341
20.3 miles/ 37 minutes from Aldwark Manor

England’s only self-built whisky and gin distillery. Explore the story behind the distillery set in the generous Yorkshire countryside and even enjoy a little tasting tipple.

The Old Stable
Stillington Rd
YO61 1EH

01347 808232
12.3 miles/ 22 minutes from Aldwark Manor

Fountains Abbey

Beautiful grounds to have a walk through and see the impressive abbey ruins. Stop off for a picnic or admire the wildlife visiting the water garden.

Fountains Lane

01765 608888
19.3 miles/ 36 minutes from Aldwark Manor
Free entry to national trust members

01904 848900

Visit York Gin and have a look around York’s only gin distillery. Take a look around to learn about their history, ethos and people. Not only do they make some of the best Yorkshire gin, they also make some of the world’s best.

This is a working distillery, where you can look around free of charge and even try out some of there many gins at the end of the tour.

Distillery info
Address - Unit 1, Acaster Estate, Cowper Lane, York, YO23 2TX

Opening hours - Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm
Phone number - 01904 848900

01904 849596

This is the first indoor axe throwing venue in York, offering 10 lanes for friends and family to come together for an experience unlike any other. With the help of the amazing axe throwing coaches, you’ll be throwing like a Viking within minutes! 

57 Goodramgate
E: info@thehilt.co.uk
P: 01904849596
W: https://www.thehilt.co.uk

01423 330716


Yorkshire heart is award-winning family run vineyard and brewery based at Nun Monkton in the heart of Yorkshire. The vineyard, near York, started as a hobby for chief winemaker Gillian in 2000 with 35 vines. Now the Spakouskas family lovingly nurture 22,000 vines all year round, producing fine English wine from grape to glass on-site in their winery. 

The vineyard is cared for by incredibly passionate and friendly people! The team is headed up by Gillian and husband Chris, son Tim and wife Georgina, plus a wonderful team of staff who dedicate their time to producing drinks loved and enjoyed by many.
In 2011, Yorkshire Heart established a micro-brewery producing craft ales, pilsners and stouts. The brewery is managed by Tim Spakouskas, son of Yorkshire Heart founders Chris and Gillian. With a huge range of beer flavours to suit every taste and preference, Yorkshire Heart Brewery has become widely known and loved by beer drinkers, bars and restaurants across the region.

Come join them for a Yorkshire vineyard tour.   You will be given an insight into how the vineyard was born and the making of the wine, and best of all you get to taste them with a selection of nibbles.

Address – Pool Lane, Nun Monkton, York, YO26 8EL
Phone – 01423 330716
Email – office@yorkshireheart.com
Web – WWW.yorkshireheart.com

Choose from 3 operation rooms and test your skills to see if you can solve the brain teasers and puzzles.

15 Micklegate

14.2 miles/ 30 minutes from Aldwark Manor

Booking Hotline: 0330 133 1620

Direct Phone: 01904 230 494

PUURRRfect excuse for a walk around York and all completely free. Task is to try and spot all the cat statues around the city which were originally placed outside buildings to fend off bad spirits and encourage good luck good and health on people.

34 Shambles
01904 541122

15.9 miles/ 35 minutes from Aldwark Manor