Northwood Trail is a unique Fairy Sanctuary, Fairy Museum and Woodland Kitchen nestled in 100-acre woodland close to the city of York. A natural rustic attraction, sympathetic to its woodland surroundings and perfect for reconnecting children and adults to the freedom and magic of the natural world – all year around.
A Magical Place
Deep in the woodland not far from the City of York is a magical place where the fairies live…
The trail begins on Professor Howland’s Ride and you will see many of the original fairy doors on the trees– these dwellings don’t damage the trees but rather allow the tree fairies to be close enough to work with them. Discover the fairy hamlet along Spider Tree Snicket, tree houses connected by bridges and walkways. These old dwellings were in a terrible state and have had extensive repairs.
England’s Fairy Sanctuary
Northwood Trail on the outskirts of York is England’s Fairy Sanctuary. It’s not a typical visitor attraction at all, they don’t have acres of brightly coloured plastic and are not intent on “distracting and entertaining” children. Rather, their hundred-acre wood is about fostering a connection to nature – at its most beautiful and magical. They are a unique fairy sanctuary, the first of its kind, and merely present the forgotten history of Northwood and display the fairy artefacts and treasures found over the years – for young and old alike to enjoy.
The mushroom fairy ring has been completely repaired and recreated from sketches found of the original one built in 1852 on the same spot. For over 100 years the fairies have gathered for moonlight dances in the ring almost every night. They allow visitors to see the ring up close during the day when it is not in use; though due to the dangers of fairy kidnappings it is not advised for mortals to go near it at night.
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Travelling to Northwood Trail
Northwood Trail in is situated between the villages of Sand Hutton and Stamford Bridge. From York and Hull, take the Buttercrambe turn off from the A166 (just after the Balloon Tree) and continue then take the 3rd left turning (800 yds after Sand Hutton turn) into Northwood. From Scarborough follow the A64 and turn off for the village of Sand Hutton, pass through the edge of the village towards Stamford Bridge, turn left at the T junction towards Buttercrambe and after approximately 800 metres turn left into Northwood.
There are lots of places to stay in Yorkshire. Northwood Trail is surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire countryside and is located on the outskirts of York. If you are only planning on visiting the museum for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at the self-catering cottages near Northwood Trail available from Snaptrip.
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