Grab your bike and explore York's scenic cycle routes

York, North Yorkshire

You’ll come across wild flowers, the Millennium Bridge and even a cow or two along York’s bicycle routes.

York’s Millennium Bridge is the starting point of a number of cycle paths around the city, including the famous Route 66, which can take you all the way to Manchester in one direction, and Beverley Minster in the other, if you feel up to it. The less energetic can tackle a small part, travelling past one of York’s common lands, known as a stray, at Walmgate. Just watch out for the grazing cattle that have a tendency to block the path.

From here, you ride behind the city’s cemetery, where architect James Pigott Pritchett is buried, and onto York University’s campus. By now you might be feeling peckish and the Goodricke College Café is a great stop-off before making the return leg home.

If it’s summer though, you can’t beat the ancient flood meadows of Clifton Ings. Here wild flowers line the cycle path and before July’s harvesting, the fields of hay look like something out of a Constable painting. This route includes Rawcliffe Bar Country Park, where the little ones can let off some steam in the children’s playground while you enjoy a picnic and a wander around the pond.

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