Walk Cycle Festival 2018

York’s Walk Cycle Festival 2019 is back next year – 26 to 31 May 2019.

Put it in your diary – more news coming soon!


Why not enjoy a few memories of the Festival in 2018?


It’s back! Sunday 27 May to Sunday 3 June 2018

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Come along to York’s second, week-long Walk Cycle Festival.

Join walks, rides and workshops that will inspire, entertain and guide you around beautiful green spaces, transform routes and streets, and plunge you into York’s cultural world of sculpture, music, painting, Shakespeare, and local food and drink.

All free. Everyone welcome!

Just click on the title of the event below to book, show your interest or find out more. 

Keep up with the latest on Facebook and twitter at #walkcyclefestival2018.

Email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com with any questions.

Festival Launch Party in Rowntree Park

Sunday 27 May 2018, 11am – 4pm


Join us for a community party in the lovely setting of Rowntree Park on Sunday 27 May.
You can enjoy music from the Arts Barge Project‘s Bargestra Orchestra and Gypsy Jazz Jam, have your bike fixed for free by Dr Bike from Get Cycling, get your young ones ‘cycle skilled’ and confident with fun activities from Go Get Riding and their popular “Freestyle Track”, have your bike security marked by the community police, try a community loan bike from Cycle Heaven, enjoy some Coffee from a Bike or a free massage taster, and meet i-Travel York, York Cycle Campaign, York Greenways, Sustrans and other friendly local walking and cycling groups.

Festival walks, rides and creative events – Monday 28 May to Sunday 3 June 2018

The Festival week has an exciting schedule of sociable and creative walks and rides  – there is hopefully something of interest for everyone!

Monday 28 May

Bard 2

11am: Promenade with the Bard – walk and be inspired by your favourite scenes from Shakespeare, performed along green spaces and riverside paths to York’s new Shakespeare villagefrom local actors, Thomas Frere, Richard Kay and Victoria Brazier.
2pm: Promenade with the Bard (repeat)

Tuesday 29 May

6:30pm: Tales of car-lite living evening, a mingle over free, delicious light bites, at Angel on the Green in partnership with One Planet York

Wednesday 30 May


10.30am: Tree Routes Walk and Sculpture Workshop delivered by local artist, Julia Davis-Nosko, in partnership with York Explore Library at Acomb

Thursday 31 May

6pm: Social Ride to Naburn Station, for a BBQ to live music, in partnership with York Greenways

Friday 1 June

dawn chorus

6.00am Dawn Chorus Walk along Foss Island’s Path, guided by local bird expert, Andy Chapman, from Sustrans
6.00pm: Parklife Walk ending in a champagne picnic under trees in honour of Dame Judi Dench and her inspiring BBC programme “My passion for trees“, with Treemendous York 

Saturday 2 June

THB Mural 1

6.00am: Dawn Chorus Ride to Knavesmire Woods guided by local bird expert, Andy Chapman, from Sustrans
10.00am: Ride to Paint a Mural on Foss Islands Path, guided by local artist Liz Collier in partnership with Good Gym and Sustrans

Sunday 3 June

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11 – 2pm: Reimagining Your City for Walking and Cycling Workshop and Walk at the Red Tower
2 – 4pm: Micklegate pop-up parklet, transforming parking spaces outside Gulp and Graze and Partisan on Micklegate
From 4pm: York Cycling Community Ride to celebrate World Bicycle Day!

And there’s more!

Free cycle check and cuppa at the Angel:

Through the Festival week, you can get a free bike check at Cycle Heaven at the Angel (with discount on service too) and free hot drink from Angel on the Green. Perfect if you want to get your bike ready for summer adventures!

Prize draw to win two Shakespeare tickets:

Everyone who signs up to an activity will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 free tickets to a Shakespeare play at the new pop-up Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre by Clifford’s Tower.


Booking: Please check the walk or ride event link for further information. We prefer that you let us know you are going via event link on that page so we have some idea of numbers. Thank you!
Walks/ rides: Please arrive 10 mins before start time as we will leave promptly. Check forecast and bring waterproofs or water and sun cream if necessary. Bring any personal medication. For rides, bring roadworthy bike and, ideally, spare inner tube. For walks, wear walk and mud-friendly shoes.
Accessibility: The walks and rides aim to be accessible for most ages and abilities – less than an hour each way and taken at a steady pace with breaks. If you are unsure if an activity is right for you, get in touch at yorkbikebelles@gmail.com and we will do what we can to support you.
Bike Hire: There are a limited number of bikes for hire for the festival week for all ages thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cycle Heaven.
New to cycling? Join our new #cakeconfidence sessions with free advice, bike loans and training at Cycle Heaven cafe and the riverside. Next session 26 May so you can start cycling for the Festival!
Photos: We’ll be taking fun photos of cycling and walking moments during the Festival (with your permission).
Everybody welcome! We ask that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Finally, a BIG thank you to funding from i-Travel York and support from all our partners.