NEW Nature Time Routes

Enjoy spending time in Nature on a green route walk, ride or run!

In March 2020, at the start of lockdown, we set ourselves a challenge. The challenge was to visit and post an idea for a local walk, cycle or run along a green route or into an open green space in York, for 20 days, every single day! We called the series of 20 original posts and pictures #NatureTime.

The hope was that this would help us all stay well, and keep positive, active, and connected with nature’s spring, and with each other online.

The posts from those 20 days are below. If you do go out to explore, please respect any government restrictions in force at that time, and, if the green space is privately owned, you may want to check that it’s open.

If you are not going out at the moment or are unwell, we hope you enjoy the pictures and descriptions. If you liked the sound of the outing, why not make a note to visit when life becomes freer again?

And finally, if you have any ideas for a local walk, ride or run into a spacious green or blue space around York, please email us at yorkbikebelles@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to promote it!

Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Do have a browse!

Nature Time Introduction

Day 1 Nature Time – enjoy Spring at York Cemetery – closed, April 2020.

Day 2 Nature Time – admire the best views and hotel in town in Dean’s Park – closed, April 2020.

Day 3 Nature Time – celebrate the spring equinox with cake and blossom in Bishopthorpe Village – But First cafe is closed, April 2020.

Day 4 Nature Time – discover wildlife along the River Foss

Day 5 Nature Time – find calm at Chapman’s Pond

Day 6 Nature Time – take a trip to Fishponds Wood

Day 7 Nature Time – explore Walmgate Stray

Day 8 Nature Time – wander Millennium Fields

Day 9 Nature Time – enjoy horse chestnuts and history on a walk round the Knavesmire

Day 10 Nature Time – take the green route to Rufforth

Day 11 Nature Time – be cheered by spring’s yellow on Little Hob Moor

Day 12 Nature Time – watch for the magnolia moment

Day 13 Nature Time – ride out to Poppleton

Day 14 Nature Time – take the Foss Island’s route

Day 15 Nature Time – be surprised on a stroll around the Knavesmire Grasslands

Day 16 Nature Time – enjoy warm spring air on your face on Hob Moor

Day 17 Nature Time – meet friendly wildfowl on the University of York’s green spaces

Day 18 Nature Time – be refreshed by spring colour on a ride out to Askham Bryan

Day 19 Nature Time – listen for the curlew on a ride out to Acaster Malbis

Day 20 Nature Time – find calm down by the Ouse

Other York routes and spaces resources

York Cycle Route Map

Slow Tour Cycle Map York to Naburn

Slow Tour Cycle Map York to Beningborough

Wildlife Sites around York Booklet

City of York Council Information and leaflets about Parks, gardens and green spaces

City of York Council local walks