Enjoy Spring at York Cemetery!
“As I rounded the corner, I stopped in my tracks. In front of me was a bench basking in the March sun. It was perfectly placed in a drift of daffodils … and tombstones”.
York Cemetery is an ideal space to visit and explore right now. The Cemetery is semi-wild, bursting with trees, plants and wildlife. Solitude and peace enfolds you naturally as you wander, or sit for a while. You can easily relax amid its gentle wildness, and be restored by an emerging Spring.
What can I do there?
– See how many signs of spring you can see!
– Find a sunny bench, close your eyes, and feel the warmth on your face as your thoughts drift away to birdsong.
– Just wander. A lovely walking meditation to try is “breathe in, take 6 steps. Breathe out, take 6 steps. And repeat”.
– Follow one of the Cemetery’s self-guided Trails – see website below.
How can I walk or cycle there?
The most pleasant green route to the Cemetery is via New Walk. You can walk or cycle to New Walk from town, or from other parts of the city via the riverside paths. Check out routes on the useful York Cycle Map at https://www.itravelyork.info/uploads/York_Cycle_Map.pdf.
From the Blue Bridge, where you can also park your bike, walk upsteam along New Walk, turn first left up the steps to Marborough Grove, cross Fishergate by Alligator Foods, and follow the lane round to the left of the school. You’ll emerge on Cemetery Road and the entrance to the Cemetery is just across the road.
If you’d like to give something back and help keep this space wonderful for everyone in York, you could become a Friend of York Cemetery – contact details below.
If you do visit, we’d love to know how it went, and to see your photos!