Lotherton Hall, a great day out fot the kids and adults
Lotherton Hall in North Yorkshire is a really fantastic place for all ages and disabilities and is accessible for both wheelchairs and pushchairs. This beautiful Edwardian country house is set in the most exquisite gardens of wildflowers and wooded grounds. There is also the deer park and bird garden which has one of the country’s most impressive and important collections of rare and endangered species to explore. There are many other things to do to keep everyone occupied such as a visit to the house itself and the landscape gardens, walking the nature trails, visit the gift shop and The Stables courtyard cafe, the kids can let off steam in the play park and there are picnic areas too. There are also plenty of seats around the estate so you can relax and admire these beautiful grounds. Dogs must be kept on leads and are not allowed in the Bird Garden.
Lotherton Hall and Estate was the home of the Gascoigne family before it was given to Leeds City Council in 1968 by Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne. The gardens were rebuilt in its present form during Victorian and Edwardian times and surround the Hall on three sides. There is also the Chapel of Ease which is the only 12th century medieval building left on the Estate, it is very small but with so much character. The Hall and Chapel are closed to the public on Mondays. Entrance fees into the hall are £3.00 for adults, £1.00 for under 16’s and £1.50 for concessions. There are three walks the Captain Wood Walk, the Boundary Trail and the Coburnhill Wood Walk the first two walks are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and for the third walk put on your walking boots and follow this Ranger’s Walk there is a leaflet available from the shop. In the bird garden there are 200 species of rare and endangered birds well worth a visit, the kids will love it and in the deer park there are many red deer to be seen.
We pay £3.60 to park in the car park. First we go into the bird garden and spend quite some time here. When we come out of the bird garden we turned right and followed the path into the wood. In the wood we come to a junction of paths with a sign we turned right and followed the boundary trail, this path takes you round the edge of the estate grounds. After passing some large stones we come to where you can go over a stile on the left down to the woods or to the right follow the path back to the Hall and gardens. We turned right and made our way to have a look at the deer park on the left before going to have a look at the beautiful gardens and in the Chapel of Ease.
This is a nice flat walk and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Mileage is to suit your self. Lotherton Hall in on OS map 289.
Lotherton Hall is on the B1217 between Towton and Garforth.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are toilets, with baby changing, and a cafe in the courtyard at Lotherton Hall Estate.