Our Beautiful City #walkcyclefestival
Welcome to the main festival page for York’s first community-led #walkcyclefestival.
This summer, join us for 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 the Spoooky cycle tour of York, challenge yourself to a charity cycle round York’s historic houses, admire York’s little-known red brick buildings, paint a mural on the greenway, socialise with friendly folk at a BBQ… And more!
Click on the walk or ride title below to find out more (some still being developed).
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Launch Day in Rowntree Park – 11am – 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, try out an electric bike from Cycle Heaven, have your bike security marked by the police, chat to friendly folk and make some bunting at the walkcycle cafe with local walking and cycling groups. And enjoy a complimentary slice of cake!
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 – Beningbrough Hall and Castle Howard – and raise funds for local charity IDAS to provide support for those affected by domestic abuse.
Monday 29 May
11am: “Sculpting York’s Greenways” from local artist, Julia Davis.
Tuesday 30 May
11am and 2pm: “Walk with Monks into a Labyrinth” from local artist, Thomas Frere.
Wednesday 31 May
Thursday 1 June
Friday 2 June
Saturday 3 June
2pm: “Images of our Beautiful City” tuition ride with York Bike Belles and a guest photographer.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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