Listen for the curlew on a ride out to Acaster Malbis
The village of Acaster Malbis lies in the countryside south of York, just past Bishopthorpe on the river Ouse. It’s easily reached by bike if you want to stretch your legs a bit further for your daily exercise outing.
The approach to the village down Acaster Lane is particularly delightful. There’s a huge, ancient oak tree, open field and river views, a nature-rich churchyard, and, on my visit yesterday, the amazing, unforgettable call of a curlew.
In celtic tradition, a curlew call represented sorrow or loss, an emotion many of us may be feeling right now.
You can find out more about curlews and get a taste of their bubbling, sorrowful call at https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildli…/…/bird-a-z/curlew/
How do I get there?
Head down Sustrans route 65 to Naburn Bridge, come off the greenway at the bridge, and you’re on Acaster Lane. You can see the map out to Naburn at https://yorkbikebelles.files.wordpress.com/…/york-to-naburn…
Or you can plan your own cycling journey using Cycle Streets at https://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/to/YO23+2UH/