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, 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).

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 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.

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

Monday 29 May

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

11am: “Sculpting York’s Greenways” from local artist, Julia Davis.

6:30pm: “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: “Beautiful 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 about the History of York” with Fishergate Walking Book Club.

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

Friday 2 June

11am: “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.

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 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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