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York Walking Festival group walks

York Walking Festival group walks

See details of organised group walks taking place during the York Walking Festival. All walks are free unless otherwise stated. You can also check out the free daily tours from AVG York. All walks return to the meeting point unless otherwise stated.

The information will be updated up to the week itself, so please check this page before heading out. Some walks may need to change times and other details. New walks might also be added.

A walk through 1000 trees

Discover the 1000 UK varieties of trees in the Modern section of York Cemetery

Walk organised by Friends of York Cemetery.

  • Location: Meet at Harriet Centre, York Cemetery
  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Duration: 1.5 miles, 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Donation: We suggest a donation of £5 for adults and £2 for children, Includes drinks and biscuits. Call 01904 610578 for more information.

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Countryside Walk – minibus trip

A walk for people with a physical or mental disability who are confident walkers. Volunteers will be available to guide people with a visual impairment (subject to numbers - please specify when you book). Bring a packed lunch, drinks and suitable footwear and clothing for the weather.

Walk organised by Open Country.

  • Location: Meet at York Railway Station
  • Time: 10.00am
  • Duration: 5 miles, 6 hours
  • Booking: To book your place contact Open Country on telephone: 01423 507227, or email:

Bird-watching Walk

A walk for people who would like to see some of the wide variety of birds to be found on the university campus. Note - ground may be rough and muddy.

Walk organised by York Ornithological Club.

  • Location: Meet at University of York, Campus East Interchange bus stops (Kimberlow Lane), Buses to site are 6, 66, and 67. Parking available
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Duration: 2 miles, 1 to 1.5 hours

Around the world in 80 flowers

York’s streets are full of flowers from all over the world. Find out more about where our flowers came from, how they got here and some fascinating stories about their life and uses. The route passes through some less visited parts of the city but avoids steps.

Walk organised by iTravel Team (City of York Council).

  • Location: Meet at Scarborough Bridge steps (near Marygate Car Park)
  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Duration: 1.5 miles, 1.5 hours

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Green Corridors York - Fulford Ings to Millennium Bridge

Come and find out about the history of Fulford Ings, it's significance as a floodplain meadow, the flora and fauna of the area and what St Nicks has been doing to help manage it. At Millennium Field, we will look at the work that has been done to preserve our endangered Tansy beetle and other local wildlife. A gentle walk, suitable for all abilities.

Walk organised by St Nicks, Green Corridors team.

  • Start Location: Meet at End of Landing Lane, Fulford (grid reference SE 60924 48645 what3words: actors.snake.scarcely)
  • End Location: Millennium Bridge
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Duration: 1.5 miles, 2 hours

York Cemetery Catacombs Tour

An underground peek into the rarely opened catacombs under the Chapel at York Cemetery. Then enjoy a short talk and fascinating walk around the cemetery with an expert guide. There are steps leading down to the catacombs.

Walk organised by Friends of York Cemetery..

  • Location: Meet at Meet at Harriet Centre, York Cemetery
  • Time: Talk and Tour 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Catacomb Visits every 30 minutes from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
  • Duration: 1 mile, 1 hour

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Rawcliffe Ramble

Enjoy a scenic walk in the fields around Rawcliffe.

Walk organised by The Ramblers Wellbeing Walks.

  • Location: Meet at The Country Park Office (Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride)
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Duration: 2 to 4 miles

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Dunnington Ramble

A countryside walk in the vicinity of Dunnington.

Walk organised by The Ramblers Wellbeing Walks.

  • Location: Meet at The Cross Keys Pub, Dunnington, YO19 5NG
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Duration: 3 to 4 miles, 75 to 90 minutes

York City Walk

A city centre walk.

Walk organised by The Ramblers Wellbeing Walks.

  • Location: Meet at Hungate Reading Café (YO1 7AF)
  • Time: 11.00am
  • Duration: 2 to 3 miles, 45 to 60 minutes

Photography Walk

Postponed due to bad weather.

A walk to help people to get the most out of their smartphone camera. The walk would particularly benefit anyone without a GCSE maths qualification. Route not suitable for wheelchair users.

Walk organised by Worker’s Educational Association and The Rowntree Society.

An alternate, later date will be added here, if possible.

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Museum Gardens Walk

A guided tour of the Museum Gardens, looking at archaeological remains, and the horticultural and cultural heritage of the site. The walk is wheelchair accessible.

  • Location: Meet at Yorkshire Museum
  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Duration: 1 mile, 1 hour

City Centre walk

An easy short walk for people new to walking or not sure how far they can manage.

Walk organised by The Ramblers Wellbeing Walks.

  • Location: Meet at York Art Gallery
  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Duration: 1 mile, 30 minutes

Heworth Wellbeing Walk

A gentle walk in the Heworth area. The walk is aimed towards people who prefer not to walk too far or too fast. They are for anyone who would like to get some fresh air, get moving and all with some good, friendly company. Note: not all routes are suitable for people using mobility aids, please contact Movemates if you have mobility issues.

Walk organised by Movemates York .

  • Location: Meet at Glen Gardens, East Parade (opposite the Co-op)
  • Time: 1.30pm
  • Duration: 1 mile, 1 hour

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Bat Walk

This walk is for people who would like to see and hear our most common bat species which live and feed in the grounds of the university campus. Note - ground may be rough and muddy at the start of the walk (on the grass). There are steps along the route but there are alternate ramps available. There are some short parts of the short walk that are slightly uphill. In terms of accessibility this walk could be categorised as easy to moderate and suitable for wheelchair users/ those with mobility issues

Walk organised by East Yorkshire Bat Group .

  • Location: Meet behind the Natural Sciences Biology R block on Wentworth Way, University of York (what3words - ///yoga.busy.entry) Buses to near the starting point are the 6, 66, and 67. Parking available.
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Duration: Less than a mile, 1 to 1.5 hours

Tang Hall Walk

A moderate walk around the Tang Hall area

Walk organised by Ramblers Wellbeing Walks.

  • Location: Meet at Tang Hall Explore Library.
  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Duration: 2 miles, 1 hour

York Bike Belles Walking Book Group

York Bike Belles run a monthly walking group, talking about books. For September the theme is 'Parks and Gardens'.

Walk on pavements and footpaths along the riverbank to Rowntree Park, over the Millennium Bridge to Cycle Heaven and stop for a coffee (own expense) and further book chat.  The route is along pavements and off-road tarmacked paths.

Walk organised by York Bike Belles.

  • Location: Meet outside York Explore, Museum Street, Return to starting point is optional.
  • Time: 11.00am
  • Duration: 1.5 miles, 1 hour walk plus a coffee stop

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York Markets - Walking Feast

Introduction to the history of York’s market places, with snacks. The walk takes in stairs, uneven surfaces, and snickelways.

Walk organized by Workerslunchtime.

Book a place on Eventbrite: York Markets Walking Feast.

  • Star Location: Meet at Visit York Information Centre.
  • End Location:The Market Cat (YO1 8RT)
  • Time: 2.30pm
  • Duration: 1.5 miles, 2 hours

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Campus Native Trees and Shrubs walk

A look at the native trees and shrubs to be found on the university campus and the benefits they provide to wildlife. The walk is unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Walk organised by University of York Grounds Maintenance Team.

  • Location: Meet at Heslington Hall entrance gates (University Road)
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Duration: 2 miles, 1.5 hours

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Southbank Foraging Walk

Join older and younger neighbours for a foraging walk to explore what edible plants are available on our doorstep, how we can identify them and what they can be used for. We will explore Millennium Fields, followed by Danesmead Wood before heading to Cycle Heaven for a free drink. Benches available, walk will be slow, but off-path, ground can be uneven.

Walk organised by Social Connections.

  • Start Location: Meet at East side of Millennium Bridge, Millennium fields
  • End Location: Cycle Heaven, Hospital Fields Road
  • Time: 10.00am
  • Duration: 1.5 miles, 1 hour plus refreshments if you would like to join us
  • Booking: you can turn up on the day, but it is helpful to us if you are able to contact Megan from Social Connections to book in advance Tel: 01904 552898

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