Our Beautiful City #walkcyclefestival
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Monday 29 May
10.30am: 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
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 email@example.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.
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