Bishopthorpe Village

Celebrate the spring equinox with cake and blossom in Bishopthorpe Village!

Today is a glorious day to mark the spring equinox. Everything is bursting into life at last – especially the blossom! Get close, breathe in deeply and let the scent permeate and calm. If you listen carefully, you may be lucky enough to hear early bumbling bees enjoying new life and food.

And why not take a trip to the lovely village of Bishopthorpe to the south of York over the next few weeks? It’s a site of ancient orchards, and the blossom from all the fruit trees is starting to come out with a fanfare!

If you are interested in finding out more about orchards in Bishopthorpe, there was a recent “Bishopthorpe in Blossom” project at…/…/07/Final-June-newsletter.pdf. You can also buy a booklet about the orchards from the village library.

What can I do there?
Celebrate japanese-style under the blossom at the But First cafe! The cafe has an outdoor area, with seating a good distance apart. You can call them in advance for a takeaway, served through a service hatch. And they have the most fabulous cake 🙂 Details at

Take a short walk by the river. Blue space is just as calming as green. Cross the road by the cafe and walk down the avenue to the right of the wood, and onto the riverside path at the end. You’ll pass a beautiful ruined church by the river, and there is seating just round the corner with fine views.

How can I get there?
Take the green route! Get on Sustrans’ route 65 on foot or by bike and enjoy a traffic-free spring journey, over the Knavesmire, along the Solar System Path and into Bishopthorpe. Map is at…/york-to-naburn….

When you emerge in a residential cul de sac in Bishopthorpe village, turn left (the main signposted route goes straight ahead) and it’s a short distance to Main Street, with But First cafe at the far end, on the left.