GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

York to Bishopthorpe Walk

4 miles (6 km)

This is a popular riverside walk from the centre of York to the nearby village of Bishopthorpe. The route runs for about 3.5 miles on a flat footpath, running alongside the River Ouse.
Start the walk on the Ouse Bridge in the city centre and head south on the Ebor Way. You'll soon come to the lovely Rowntree Park. The riverside park includes lovely canal-side footpaths, ornate statues, a large lake and a water cascade.
The walk continues past the impressive York Millennium Bridge which was opened in 2001. You then pass Clementhorpe and the York By Pass before coming to the Bishopthorpe Palace. The fine stately home is located in a photogenic position next to the river. The palace is a Grade Ilisted buildingin a wooded, rural setting and includes a gatehouse, stables, a brewhouse and brewster's cottage. It's the official residence of theArchbishop of York.
The route then leaves the river and heads around the back of the palace to arrive in Bishopthorpe. Here you will find several pubs where you can stop for refreshment at the end of your walk. To return to York you can catch a bus or return on foot on the opposite side the river.
To extend your walk you could continue along the Ebor Way to Tadcaster. Here you can enjoy more riverside walking trails along the River Wharfe and visit the impressive Tadcaster Viaduct.

York to Bishopthorpe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

York to Bishopthorpe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just south of Bishopthorpe you'll find the lovely Naburn Locks. The photogenic site includes an impressive 18th century lock and weir with riverside paths, a nature trail and a sensory garden to see as well. There's also a lovely country pub in the nearby village of Naburn where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
For more walking ideas in the county see the Yorkshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Rowers on the Ouse - - 431659

Rowers on the Ouse

York Millennium Bridge

York Millennium Bridge

York Motor Yacht Club - clubhouse - - 1219701

York Motor Yacht Club

Bishopthorpe Bridge - - 574482

Bishopthorpe Bridge

Fulford Hall - - 574492

Fulford Hall

Entrance to Bishop's Palace Bishopsthorpe - - 1057477

Entrance to Bishop's Palace Bishopthorpe

Bishopthorpe Palace by the Ouse - - 1512242

Bishopthorpe Palace by the Ouse

The Ebor, Bishopthorpe - - 1220902

The Ebor, Bishopthorpe

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

York to Bishopthorpe.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)