Stroll through Allerthorpe Wood to discover its bridleway and nature reserve.


Circular WalkYes
Distance4 Miles
OS Map294
Car ParkingThe Plough & roadside in Allerthorpe
RefreshmentsThe Plough
  • From Allerthorpe, take the quiet lane behind the ‘Plough’. Don’t go into the pub yet or you may be persuaded to forget all about your walk! The public bridleway leads in a westerly direction inside the boundary of Allerthorpe Wood. There is a nature reserve and a pond where dragonflies flit and hover on balmy summer afternoons.
  • Allerthorpe is one of the three large heaths in the Vale of York; the others are at Skipwith and Strensall near York.
  • As at Sutton Wood, the Forestry Commission allows public access when operations permit.  Car parking areas are provided on the Thornton road, just off Sutton Lane, from where you can start a short forest walk.

Features of Interest

  • Although most of the Vale of York was a wet marshy area before drainage for agriculture, the heaths are located on large areas of sand left by glaciers. The sandy areas are very free-draining, so only plants which like dry acid and peaty soils prosper here. The nature reserve is the last remnant of these once extensive heaths at Allerthorpe, because the modern conifer plantations have transformed the landscape.
  • The nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • A modern story tells of how, prior to the tree plantations, a wartime officer out training saw his tank disappear into the soft peat!

Information kindly supplied by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.