Foss Island’s Path

Take the Foss Island’s route

Foss Island’s Path is an amazing asset of a green route for York residents and traffic-free travellers. It’s an important strategic link in the walking/cycling network, running out from the centre of town at Foss Island’s Retail Park, to Osbaldwick in the east.

Hilary, who lives nearby, says: “It’s a lovely spot for a walk or cycle, short or long.” If you want a longer trip for exercise, you can carry on eastwards past Osbaldwick along the quiet lanes and paths of Route 66 to Murton or Dunnington.

The Path is also a valuable haven for trees, hedgerows, plants and wildlife. It’s a place of peace where you can easily relax, calm and connect to the natural world. Sustrans and volunteers have done some brilliant work to improve its value for biodioversity over the years through their Greener Greenways project.

What can I do there?
– Have a look for BUG Hotels along the way!
– Slow down as you pass through, and take in the beauty of the blossom emerging from trees and hedgerows either side of the route. How well do you know your blossom? The Woodland Trust has a Spring Blossom quiz you can try before you go:…/…/03/spring-blossom-quiz/
– Check out the murals under Tang Hall Lane and Melrosegate bridges. The mural painting was facilitated by us, designed by Liz Collier and painted by some of you!

The wonderful St Nicks Environment centre and nature reserve is of course just off the start of the path. Check out their website for their current policy on access to the reserve –

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