In the rolling Yorkshire countryside, not far from the city of York, sits the majestic Castle Howard, a member of the Historic Houses Association. Its vast parkland and estate stretches way beyond the grand house and gardens, and this easy-to-moderate circular walk meanders through villages and forests of ancient oak trees and past the Great Lake before leading you up the impressive tree-lined Avenue to the famed Obelisk. Beautiful at any time of the year, it looks even prettier with a sprinkle of frost.
How to find it: this is a North York Moors walk and is available to download for free on NorthYorkMoors.org
Members of the HHA can enjoy one free visit to Castle Howard annually, as per the terms and conditions listed on the HHA website. They also receive a discount when joining the Castle Howard Friends membership scheme.