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Leisure routes

Download a copy of one of our leisure route maps and discover more of York's green spaces by bike.

Each map in the series of eight (see bottom right of this page) illustrates a short scenic cycle ride that takes around 60 to 90 minutes to complete at a comfortable, leisurely pace but allow extra time for a picnic or cafe stop on route.

If you would prefer riding in a group along one of these or other leisure routes why not take a look at our Guided Rides page.

These illustrated leisure route maps have been developed in conjunction with Sustrans' volunteer Cycle Rangers and the First Friday cycling group. They include notes about places of interest and things to see along the way. Details of toilet and refreshment facilities are also included.

The featured rides use a combination of off-road routes, quiet country roads and on-road cycle lanes. They are usually suitable for cyclists of most ages and abilities, including families with younger children over the age of around six. Children younger than this are best on a tagalong bike, a child trailer or child seat according to their age and size.

Another great route is The York Orbital. This is a well-signed 13km circular route around the city centre, created in 2012. It's intended to be functional rather than touristic, so you won't see any grand historic sights, but it's actually a fairly pleasant ride in its own right.

For a map of all York cycle routes and facilities please see our Cycle Route Map.

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