This week’s Filed Trip! was to Beningbrough Hall Parkland and Home Farm Farmshop. Beningbrough Hall is a gorgeous National Trust property located just to the north of York off the A19. The walled gardens are one of my favourite places to visit in the whole world. I’m just lucky that I live 15 minutes away! The house is interesting and if you’re into portraiture they collaborate with the National Portrait Gallery for exhibitions. However, they don’t allow dogs in to the gardens so I haven’t been in since I got Darcy. Boo!
However, the parklands surrounding the house are open to dogs and there are several walks through the woods and fields. The longest one circumnavigating the whole property takes us about 1.5 – 2 hours at a fairly leisurely pace. They have a great leaflet showing the short, medium and longer walks. It can get a little muddy in the winter and if there has been a lot of rain then flooding can be an issue along the river banks. In good weather though the dogs love to go for a swim at the furthest point where the Nidd joins the Ouse!
The National Trust have a lovely restaurant inside the grounds but, again, no dogs allowed. Luckily Home Farm Shop is located just the other side of the car park (National Trust members can park for free) and has plenty of outside seating. It’s very popular with dog walkers and cyclists and serves a delicious range of food and drink. Just what you need after a good long walk!
I almost always go for the Home Farm Burger. You get to eat the cows you just walked past!!! (This pleases me greatly and I always make a point to tell them how delicious they are. Weird, yes, but I feel they should know what a good job they’re doing eating grass and getting all delicious!) My friend favours the Ploughmans and the portions are always generous. The dogs usually split a sausage roll! The selection of cakes is always good and everything I’ve tried has been great, I’ve never once been disappointed!