See Red Kite at Londesborough Park

  • Londesborough Urns
    Londesborough Urns
Londesborough Park offers the ideal setting to spot Red Kites. Although these magnificent birds can be seen almost anywhere in this part of the Yorkshire Wolds, they tend to prefer estates or parkland like Londesborough Park, which provide a good food supply with old mature trees for roosting and nesting.

Londesborough Park is a delightful, formerly landscaped park of pasture woodland and a lake on the south-west edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, immediately south of the village of Londesborough. It once formed the grounds of a manor house (now demolished), which dated back to medieval times.

The Park is a great place for family visits, with plenty of paths for children to explore and opportunities to experience nature up close. February is a wonderful time to visit, especially on Snowdrop Sundays, when a carpet of brilliant flowers covers the woodland floor.

Watch out for magnificent Red Kites during your visit, which can be seen flying gracefully above the Yorkshire Wolds landscape. Although sightings are now common, seventy years ago the Red Kite would have been missing from the Yorkshire skies, as just two pairs were known to exist in the UK (in mid-Wales). The re-introduction of the Red Kite in the 1990s at Harewood House is one of our most successful conservation stories, with over 1,000 breeding pairs now known to exist.

For a brilliant few hours of fun with the family you can also hire out the Londesborough Parkland Ramble Tracker Pack, which provides activities for all the family to learn about the wildlife and history of the park. Discover what lives in the lake, measure the height of a tree without a ladder and learn about the insects that live in the park. What surprises will you discover? For £5 the Tracker Pack is available to hire (free on Wednesdays) in Londesborough Village from: Jayne Fisher (01430 872 577) or Alex Wells (01430 879 242).

For a taster of what the Tracker Pack has to offer, click on the download link below to obtain a copy of the Pack (minus the necessary equipment).

Downloads

Walking leaflet: 

Location map

© Crown copyright and database rights 2013. Ordnance Survey 100021930.
Start: 
Towthorpe Corner Picnic Site
Distance: 
5 km (3 miles)
Time: 
2 hours
OS Map: 
OS 294