The route uses the trackbed of the old East Coast Mainline railway, which was bought by Sustrans for £1 and turned into one of its very first traffic-free paths. The history of the path is told by ‘Railway to Greenway’, a series of interpretation boards along the route. The route also forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
York has many attractions including York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, and the Treasurer’s House, but this cycle route will take you out of the city on a riverside path alongside Rowntree Park. After passing Knavesmire Wood and through York racecourse, the route turns left onto the railway path that stretches almost all the way to Riccall. From Riccall you cycle on a mixture of back roads and a path alongside the A19 to Selby.
Along the way, you can see the ‘Cycle the Solar System’ artwork commissioned by Sustrans. Three scientists from the University of York constructed the 10.4 km scale model of the solar system between Bishopthorpe and Riccall. Along the path, there are scale models of the planets, the correct distance (proportionally) from the Sun and from each other.
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.