Walk Cycle Festival

Our Beautiful City #walkcyclefestival

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Welcome to the main festival page for York’s first community-led #walkcyclefestival.

This summer, discover more of York in a week of free and fun walks and rides to celebrate the heritage of our beautiful city. Everyone welcome!

Walk with monks into a labyrinth, be scared during a Spoooky cycle tour, enjoy a sleepy dawn chorus ride, paint a mural on the Solar System greenway, cycle York’s historic strays, socialise over food with friendly folk … and more!

Walks and rides will guide you around buildings from York’s past, into beautiful green spaces, and into a #walkcyclefestival world of sculpture, performance, and painting run by talented local artists. This will include a one-off performed walk with monks to a specially mown labyrinth in the Museum Gardens.

Click on the walk or ride title below to find out more.

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

Email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com or message us on Facebook if you’ve any questions.

Launch Party in Rowntree Park – 11am to 4pm, Sunday 28 May 2017

Join us for a community party in Rowntree Park on Sunday 28 May. You can try a wacky bike with Get Cycling, have your bike fixed for free by Dr Bike, enjoy music from the Arts Barge Project’s community Bargestra orchestra and Gypsy Jazz Jam, listen to a tale from Sparkling Granny the storyteller, have your bike security marked by the community police, chat to friendly folk, try out one of our new cake confidence community loan bikes with Cycle Heaven, make some bunting at the walkcycle cafe and meet local walking and cycling groups. And enjoy a #cakereward if you join in an activity!

Festival walks and rides – Sunday 28 May to Sunday 4 June 2017

The Festival week has an exciting schedule of friendly walks and rides led by us and community partners and incorporating the creativity of local artists – there is hopefully something of interest to everyone!

Sunday 28 May

Morning: IDAS annual Cycle Challenge. Choose from either a 25 or 50 mile sponsored ride from Rowntree Park cycling out into the stunning countryside. You will ride past two of Yorkshire’s best historic houses – Beningborough Hall and Castle Howard – and raise funds for local charity IDAS to provide support for those affected by domestic abuse.

12 noon: A Taste of Rowntree Walk from The Rowntree Society.

Monday 29 May

5am: Dawn Chorus Ride with Dawn from York Bike Belles.

10.30am: Sculpting York’s Greenways from local artist, Julia Davis.

6:00pm: Social Ride to Poppleton from York Rally.

Tuesday 30 May

11am and 2pm: Walk with Monks into a Labyrinth from local artist, Thomas Frere.

6:30pm: Spoooky Cycle Tour of York from Mad Alice and the Bloody Tour of York.

Wednesday 31 May

11am: Red Brick Trail and Tea Party from the Red Tower Team.

1pm: Pollinator Potter from the Greener Greenways Team at Sustrans and Urban Buzz

6pm: York Food – Past and Present Ride and BBQ from St. Nicks and the new York Food Assembly.

Thursday 1 June

11am: Cycle the Historic Strays of York from York Civic Trust.

11am: Walk and Talk York’s History with Fishergate Walking Book Club.

7pm: Tree Trail from Treemendous York backed by York Health Walks.

Friday 2 June

12 noon: Railway to Greenway Ride to Naburn from York Greenways and Sustrans.

2pm: Parklife Walk from York Explore.

Saturday 3 June

11am: Community Garden’s Walk and Picnic from YUMI.

11am: Views of our Beautiful City  ride with York Bike Belles.

Sunday 4 June

11am: “Ride to Paint a Mural on Naburn Bridge” with local artist, Liz Collier.

Booking: Please check the walk or ride page for further information. We prefer that you let us know you are going via the Facebook event link on that page so we have some idea of numbers. Thank you!

Walks/ rides: Please arrive 10 mins before start time so we can 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 27 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) which will then be displayed in York Hospital over the summer.

Everybody welcome! We ask that all children are accompanied by an adult.

BIG thank you! To funding from Big Lottery’s #BigCelebration fund and i-Travel York.

Latest news – search on Facebook or twitter under hashtag #walkcyclefestival #BigCelebration

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