York Association of the National Trust

YANT Members' Pages

In-support-of-icon 154x92 Optimized


Return to YANT Public website

YANT Day Trips

Day Trips Organiser:  Colin Sherwood   01904 640915    trips@yant.org.uk

Day Trips Archive

Photos and descriptions of previous years' trips

2014  2017 2018

On all trips the day trip leader will carry mobile phone No. 07960 710975.

Please call this number on the day if you are delayed or cannot attend. We have tight schedules and try not to delay our departure.

Forthcoming Day Trips


Visit to Scampston Walled Garden and Birdsall House    Wednesday 23rd May 2018


Our May trip will explore two beautiful locations in God’s own county. In the morning we will visit Scampston Walled Garden, an exciting modern garden designed for the Legard family by the internationally renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. Set within the C18th walls of the original kitchen garden of Scampston Hall, the garden is divided into nine separate areas, each with its own distinctive character. There is a long border walk around the perimeter wall with mainly spring flowering shrubs. The central area with its series of individual “rooms” has at its heart a perennial flower meadow and dipping pond. The recently restored Victorian conservatory houses a fascinating exhibition on the history of Scampston and the restoration project.


In the afternoon we will visit Birdsall, a C16th house set on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Since the Tudor era the house has undergone various alterations and extensions including work by the Victorian architect, Anthony Salvin. Home to the Willoughby family for 700 years, the house contains a wonderful collection of antique furniture and paintings. Amongst the family’s illustrious ancestors were Hugh Willoughby who died in 1553 trying to find the North East Passage to the Spice Islands, Francis Willoughby, naturalist and founder of the Royal Society and Nesbit Willoughby, a rather reckless figure in the British Navy, on whose character the Hornblower series are supposedly based.


Our first stop of the day will be at Scampston Walled Garden. On arrival there will be a short introduction to the garden and then coffee/tea and biscuits will be served in the Garden Café. After that you will have time to stroll around the gardens at your leisure, visit the restored conservatory, plant nursery, shop and have some lunch. Lunch will be on an individual basis. Please note that the Walled Garden and Garden Café are fully accessible though care should be taken in the gardens, as there could be slippery surfaces and uneven ground.


The coach will depart at 1.30pm for the short drive to Birdsall (about 20-25 minutes). On arrival at Birdsall, we will be divided into groups for a private guided tour of the house. This will be for about 60 minutes. Afternoon tea will then be served and if time allows, an opportunity to explore the gardens.


Please note that with interesting old houses there can be uneven floors, unexpected steps and low doorways. This is a private house, not normally open to the public, and members of the Historic Houses Association are not eligible for a discount.


Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 9.15am and at Middlethorpe Drive, Dringhouses, at 9.30am.


The journey time will be about one hour. The coach will depart from Birdsall at 4.30pm and estimated arrival time back in York at 5.30pm.


The cost of the trip is £36, which includes coach hire, entrance to Scampston Walled Garden and morning refreshments, private visit with guided tour and afternoon tea at Birdsall and coach driver’s gratuity.



Visit to Barnsdale Gardens and Cruise on Rutland Water    Tuesday 26th June 2018


Our June trip takes us south down to Rutland, England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county. This county certainly lives up to its motto of “Multum in Parvo” which means “Much in Little”. We will be visiting Barnsdale Gardens, designed by Geoff Hamilton, who presented BBC Gardener’s World from 1979 until his death in 1996. When Hamilton bought the property in 1986 it was a Victorian farmhouse with 5 acres of pastureland. Most of the land was ploughed up, one or two mature trees and shrubs were transplanted from his former home, and then under the gaze of millions of television viewers, Hamilton transformed the area into the beautiful gardens, which you see today. These award-winning gardens showcase 38 individually themed garden “rooms” including a rose garden, Japanese garden, rock garden, fruit garden, kitchen garden, bog garden and orchard.


In the afternoon we will take a relaxing cruise aboard the Rutland Belle around Rutland Water, one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. The Gwash Valley near Emphingham was dammed in 1975 leading to the formation of a reservoir which now provides a water supply to one of the driest and most densely populated areas of the UK. Rutland Water is surrounded by pretty countryside which offers a haven for wildlife and boasts a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Nature Reserves and important wetland sites.


Our first visit will be to Barnsdale. After a short introduction, you will be free to wander on a self-guided basis around the gardens, plant nursery and gift shop. An included light lunch of sandwiches, cakes, tea/coffee will be served in the Tea Room. Please note that most of the gardens are easily accessible and there is plenty of seating provided. Care should be taken, as there could be slippery surfaces and uneven ground. RHS Members are not eligible for a discount at Barnsdale.


The coach will depart at 2.30pm for the very short drive to Whitwell Harbour for the cruise on Rutland Water. The Rutland Belle accommodates 110 passengers with seating both inside and on deck. The boat is equipped with toilets and drinks are available on an individual basis. The cruise, with commentary, will last approximately one hour. Please note that there will be a gangway and steps to negotiate onto the boat.


Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 8.00am and Middlethorpe Drive, Dringhouses, at 8.15am. The journey time will be around 2.5 hours with a coffee and comfort stop on the way. The coach will depart from Whitwell Harbour around 4.15pm. There will be a short comfort stop on the way back and the estimated arrival time in York will be between 6.30pm-7.00pm


The cost of the trip is £36, which includes coach hire, entrance to Barnsdale Gardens and light lunch, a cruise on Rutland Water and coach driver’s gratuity.


Booking Form Booking Form