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York to Selby

Route Details

  • From/To: York to Selby
  • Distance: 15 miles
  • Type: Easy, no hills and mainly traffic free
  • Terrain/Surface: Tarmac cyclepath and quiet lanes
  • Access: Selby and York Train Station

Route Description

Running south from the walled, historic city of York this great cycle route takes you on a mainly traffic free path through the Vale of York to Riccall and then onwards to Selby. 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 which can be seen along the route.

Leaving York station, you head toward the River Ouse and join the riverside path which takes you out of the city alongside Rowntree Park.  The route travels past Knavesmire Wood and through York racecourse.  At the A64 you take a left onto the railway path which travels almost all the way to Riccall.  In Barlby you join roads for a short while before rejoining the route at Selby.

The route is flat making it perfect for families and novice cyclist.  Along the way you can see the ‘Ride the Solar System’ artwork commissioned by Sustrans. Three scientists from University of York constructed the 10.4 km scale model of the solar system between Bishopthorpe and Riccall and have installed a scale model, one third the size of the real probe near the site of Saturn at the old Naburn station.

Things to see and do

  • River Ouse
  • York Minster
  • York Castle Museum
  • Jorvik Viking Centre
  • York racecourse
  • Treasurers House
  • Barlby Hall
  • Selby Abbey
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This great route runs across the flat, arable landscape of the Vale of York to Ricall and onto Selby.

15 miles