York is filled with great locations for walks, and if you are the type of person who likes to get out in the open air, you will find no shortage of routes available. The city is beautiful all year round, and whether the sun is shining or the streets are filled with picturesque snow, why not try out some of these recommended locations?
Fulford: Along the river to Millennium Bridge
For those who want to take in the sights of the Ouse, away from the crowds of the city centre, this walk of around 60 minutes is perfect. Starting off down from Fulford Road adjacent to the Bay Horse public house, the walk takes you along the bank of the river. through the trees and fields and onto the Millennium Bridge where you can sit and watch the boats go past at any time of year. On a hot sunny day you will find groups of people having picnics and there are plenty of bikes crossing the river throughout the day. If you fancy it you could always carry on your walk right into the city centre.
Woodthorpe: Acomb Wood
Here is another walk which is a few miles from the city centre, but if you like taking in some woodland scenery, then it will be perfect for you. Acomb Wood, near the Quaker Wood public house, is a pretty wood with paths going straight through and all of the way round. This short walk is great any time of year, but remember to take your walking boots during rainy seasons.
York Centre: The City Walls
If you find yourself in the centre of town, the best walk to try out is the one which takes you all around the city with amazing views from the city walls. At around 2.5km, you are likely to encounter a lot of tourists on your way around, but the views will more than make up for it. Some areas of the walls do not have railing, so if you are with children or elderly people, you might need to look out for that, but otherwise, a walk round these famous historic walls makes a great way to spend the morning or afternoon.
Located by the racecourse, the Knavesmire is a large open stretch of land than make an ideal place for taking a dog for a walk. You might want to avoid the area when the races are on due to the large crowds that will be present, but for getting out into the open air less than a mile from the heart of town, this is a great area which is well worth a visit. Again, walking boots are needed when there has been recent rain.