The York area is great for walking – from the extraordinary heritage of the city centre, with its many fascinating buildings, old streets and unique ambience, through the wonderful open spaces of the largely preserved medieval Strays, to the outer villages with their green belt surroundings and excellent pubs.  And the walking is easy.

Over many years, walks have been created in York to help people discover and enjoy the city.  Unfortunately, many of the publications describing them have a short lifespan and they soon disappear.

We have pulled together over 75 such walks that have been published, ranging from a short stroll in the footsteps of King Richard III in the city centre, to longer walks across the Strays and in York’s surrounding countryside. We have reproduced only those for which we have been able to obtain permission, and on the condition that they are freely available to Trust members and the wider public.

This list of published walks is only a beginning.  As new walks come to light, we hope to include them to the benefit of everyone. Do let us know if you create a new walk!  The email address is

We are delighted that the Rowntree Society has published a booklet of five new walks around the Rowntree family’s and company’s world.  You’ll find those below.

We hope you enjoy the walks, learn about York, have fun and keep fit!

Liz Smith and Ron Cooke
February 2017

Below are ten PDFs created from the tour papers of YorkWalks:

Antiques, Arts & Specialist Books – YorkWalk
Chocolate & Sweetie Tour of York – YorkWalk
City Walls – YorkWalk
Designer Shopping Trail – YorkWalk
Georgian York – YorkWalk
Graveyard, Coffin & Plague Tour – YorkWalk
Guildhalls & Secret Passages – Inaccessible York – YorkWalk
Guy Fawkes Trail – YorkWalk
Henry VIII Trail – YorkWalk
Historic Toilet Tour – YorkWalk
Jewish Heritage Trail – YorkWalk
King’s Manor: Inaccessible York – YorkWalk
Literary York – YorkWalk
Micklegate & Georgian York: Inaccessible York – YorkWalk
Mystery Play: In the steps of the Mystery Plays -YorkWalk
Pub Tour: Historic Inns and Pubs – YorkWalk
Richard III Trail – YorkWalk
Roman York – YorkWalk
Romantic York – YorkWalk
St Nicholas: Yuletide walk – YorkWalk
Saints & Sinners – YorkWalk
Secret York – YorkWalk
Snickelways – YorkWalk
The Bloody Execution Tour – YorkWalk
Turrets & Battlements: Inaccessible York – YorkWalk
Viking York – YorkWalk
York Minster: How the Minster was Built – YorkWalk

There are historic and nature walks for specific areas of York’s city centre:

Fishergate – A History Walk Around Fishergate
Museum Gardens & Exhibition Square
Yorkshire Museum Botanical Gardens in the heart of the city

There are also historic and nature walks in the suburbs of York:

Acomb – Acomb Wood & Meadow
Acomb – Fishponds Wood
Askham Richard – Walks in York No.5
Bishopthorpe – Walks in York No.13
Bishopthorpe – A Walk Through Time
Bishopthorpe – A Second Walk Through Time
Copmanthorpe – Golden Jubilee Walks
Deighton & Naburn – Walks in York No.7
Dringhouses – Exploring Old Dringhouses
Dringhouses – Exploring Dringhouses Without
Dunnington – Walks in York No.4
Dunnington – A Walk around Dunnington
Dunnington, Holtby & Murton – Strolls
Elvington – Walks in York No.5
Fulford – Walks in York No.8
Fulford & Heslington – Walks in York No.9
Heworth – Glen Gardens
Heslington – Walks in York No.10
Hob Moor – Historic Stray & Nature Reserve
Holgate – West Bank Park
Holtby – Walks in York No.3
Holtby – Hikes
Knavesmire – Exploring Knavesmire Wood
Knavesmire – Exploring the Knavesmire
New Earswick – Walk No.11
New Earswick Tree Trail walk leaflet

Osbaldwick – Walk No.1
Rowntree Park – Ten Tree Trail
Skelton – Walks in York No.14
Stockton on the Forest – Walks in York No.2
Strensall – Discover Strensall
Tadcaster Road – A Terry Trail
Wheldrake – Walks in York No.6

Other thematic walking guides:

Riverside York – Points of Interest
Romans – Walking with the Romans (York Museums Trust)
Rowntree Walk – York’s Next Great Story
Rowntree Walk – I Spy for children
York’s Chocolate Trail

Here are five Rowntree walks (with thanks to the Rowntree Society):

City Centre – Rowntree Walk
Clifton – Rowntree Walk
Haxby Road – Rowntree Walk
Outer Town – Rowntree Walk
New Earswick – Rowntree Walk