This stunning ride is perfect for families and those new to cycling. The route takes you south from the ancient walled city of York along the River Ouse and down a traffic-free converted railway path, passing historic parks, sculptures, bridges and the solar system!
To follow the route:
- Exit York Station by the Short Stay Car Park ramp (at the end of Platform 4) and turn right at the riverside path.
- Continue along the riverside path and onto quiet roads through York city centre following signs for National Route 65 to Selby.
- Fork left under Skeldergate Bridge and follow the lovely riverside route along the Ouse past Rowntree Park and the beautiful Millennium Bridge. Just before the Bridge look across the river for the Ice Cream boat!
- Turn right past the Bridge up a short slope to the striking landmark of Terry’s Chocolate Factory (closed in 2005).
- Follow National Route 65 signs through the Knavesmire racecourse (looking out for horses on race days!) past Knavesmire Wood and Bishopthorpe village to join the Trans Pennine Trail to Selby. This railway path was bought by Sustrans for £1 and is one of its first traffic-free paths. The first 5 miles form the Solar System Greenway, the famous scale model of the Solar System, including the Sun, the planets, the Cassini probe and a model of Voyager!
- Follow the Greenway to the old Naburn Station where there is now a café. The Slow Tour ends here.
- Retrace the route back to York or continue for a further 3 miles (30 minutes) to models of Pluto and Voyager at the end of the Solar System route.
Things to see and do
- River Ouse
- Rowntree Park
- Knavesmire Racecours
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.