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Brief description of site

Ray Wood is a reconstructed wilderness with serpentine walkways cutting through a replanted ancient wood.

Brief history of site

A labyrinth design with ormanental features was first created in 1706.
By the mid-18th century these features had disappeared and little was done to the wood until it was clear-felled in the 1940s.
In 1975 work began on reconstructing the original walkways and adding new plant species.

Location information:

Address: Castle Howard Estate Ltd, Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA

Locality: Malton, North Yorkshire

Local Authorities:

North Yorkshire; Ryedale; Henderskelfe

Historical County: North Riding of Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 100 Grid Ref: SE 716 700
Latitude: 54.1209 Longitude: -0.906027

Directions:

Castle Howard is located 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64 in the direction of Malton.
If travelling from the north turn off the A1 onto the A61 to Thirsk and then take the A170 to Helmsley. Turn onto the B1257 just before Helmsley and follow the brown signs.
From the south turn off the A1M at junction 45 onto the A64 and follow east to York. Once past York follow the brown signs.
Castle Howard can also be reached by public transport by going to Malton which is 5 miles away.

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Key information:

Form of site: woodland garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Plant type/environment: woodland garden

Site first created: 1706 to 1710

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Reconstructed

Site Size (Hectares): 30

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