GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Naburn Locks

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits the pretty Naburn Locks on the River Ouse, just south of the city of York.
It's a lovely place for a stroll with riverside paths, a nature trail and a sensory garden. The area is good for wildlife so look out for red kites, kingfishers and herons as you make your way along the waterside paths. The site also includes the heritage buildings such as the forge, workshop, and the lock keeper’s cottage.
The area has an interesting history with the original lock and weir combination built in the 1750s. At the time it was one of the most impressive feats of canal enginerring in the country. In Victorian times a larger lock was opened by Queen Victoria's grandson with a splendid opening ceremony. The locks were once busy with barges transporting goods to and from York and Hull.


YO19 4RU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Naburn Locks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Naburn Locks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


After exploring the locks you could take a stroll up the river to visit Naburn village. Here you can enjoy some refreshments at the Blacksmiths Arms. Outside there's two enclosed garden areas where you can relax with your meal on warmer days. There's a cosy interior too with wooden beams and a roaring fires. They do very good homemade food and have a good selection of ales too. You can find the pub in the village on Main Street with a postcode of YO19 4PN for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north and you can try the circular York River Walk in the city. The route visits some of the highlights of the area including Rowntree Park, York Millennium Bridge, Tower Gardens, the York Walls and York Castle. You can also pick up the long distance York Millennium Way and Foss Walk here.
Just to the east of the locks you can pick up the epic Trans Pennine Trail. The shared cycling and walking trail can be followed south to Riccall and Barlby.
For more walking ideas in the county see the Yorkshire Walks page.


Naburn Lock, River Ouse - - 486637

Naburn Lock, River Ouse. The photo gives some idea of the size of Naburn Lock, though even this is dwarfed by some locks on the European waterways. Below here the river is tidal - next stop the North Sea! Passing Selby and Goole it is joined by the River Trent at Trent Falls then on to the Humber estuary.

The Weir Naburn Lock - - 628351

The Weir Naburn Lock

Naburn Locks. - - 230516

Naburn Lock is almost dead centre of the O/S grid it occupies. This view is taken from the north looking downstream towards the locks. The boat on the left is a Yorkshire Water Patrol boat.

An island in the River Ouse at Naburn - - 1512233

An island in the River Ouse at Naburn

Naburn Locks. The Weir - - 230522

This is the weir to the west of the island which divides the River Ouse at this point. The Lock Cottages are situated on the island whilst the Lock Gates are on the eastern side of the island.

The Ouse at Acaster Malbis - - 720595

The Ouse at Acaster Malbis. Just north of the locks.

Naburn Blacksmiths Arms - - 270044

The Blacksmiths Arms in Naburn village

River Ouse at Naburn. - - 211308

A view of the River Ouse at Naburn village.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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