Route: Harewood, Ebor Way, Stank, Carr Wood, Stub House Plantation, Leeds Country Way, Nan Pie, Lodge Hills Plantation, Wall Side Plantation, Harewood
Parking: Harewood Village Hall
Start Point: Harewood Village Hall
Route length: 4.7 miles (7.5 km)
Time taken: 01:43
Average speed: 2.7 mph
There's no better way to blow out the cobwebs of the hectic Christmas and New Year festivities than a walk in the countryside. We're fortunate to be located on the edge of some magnificent countryside meaning we can be out and about in only a few minutes. One of those local locations is Harewood House, one of the country's finest stately homes.
While the house is private (but accessible to the public) the grounds are ringed by a series or footpaths and bridleways that, when joined up, create an easy 3-mile stroll through a mixture of pasture and woodland - all located minutes from Leeds.
If arriving by car, there are two places where you can leave it for a few hours; the first is close to Lofthouse Farm on the junction of the A61 or, you can leave a car in the small village of Harewood as we did. It was very busy on our visit - many people having the same idea. We did the circuit in an anticlockwise direction, starting from Harewood village.
The initial part of the walk follows the Ebor Way as it passes around the north of Harewood House. The Ebor Way is a long distance path, 70 miles in length, that crosses the country between Helmsley and Ilkley. The name derives from the Roman name for York, Eboracum. More information about the entire route can be found here. The path has tremendous views across the Wharfe valley, including the diminutive Almscliff Crag, which I once heard described as 'a mountain'. I guess it's all a matter of perspective.
|The Ebor Way at Harewood|
|Looking over the Wharfe Valley towards Almscliff Crag|
|The Wharfe Valley|
|The Wharfe Valley and Wharfedale Viaduct|
|Trees in The Grove|
|Farm buildings at Stank|
|The high wall of Home Farm|
|The Fish Pond|
|Stub House Plantation|
|The Leeds Country Way is well signposted|
|Open ground at Lodge Hills|
|Lodge Hills trees frame Harewood House|
|Lodge Hills Plantation|
|Wall Side Plantation|
|Wall Side Plantation|
|The Harewood House gatehouse|