York River Walk
Enjoy an easy walk along the River Ouse on this waterside route through York. You'll visit the splendid Rowntree Park, York Millennium Bridge, Tower Gardens and York Castle. There's also views of the famous York City Walls parts of which date from Roman times.
The walk starts on the river next to All Saints Church and the bus station. You follow the western side of the river along Terry Avenue to Rowntree Park which is well worth a small detour off the route. In the park you will find lovely canal-side footpaths, ornate statues, a large lake and a water cascade.
After exploring the riverside park you cross the river on the York Millennium Bridge. The impressive structure was opened on 10 April 2001, having cost £4.2 million to build.
On the eastern side of the river you head north along New Walk to York Castle, passing the River Foss as you go. The now ruinous keep of Clifford's Tower sits in a prominent position above the rivers and the city. The castle has an interesting history stretching back to the 11th century. It is now open to the public and managed by English Heritage.
After exploring the castle the route then crosses back to the western side of the river, returning to the start point near the train and bus stations.
To continue your walking in this lovely city try the historic York Walls Walk. Much of the Roman walls are still intact, making for an excellent, elevated walk around the city.
Near the castle you can pick up the Foss Walk and enjoy another riverside walk from York. The long distance trail runs north from the city to Haxby and Huntington.
Part of this route uses a section of the Ebor Way. To extend the walk you could continue south along the trail to nearby Bishopthorpe. The York to Selby trail runs along the river in the other direction.