York Walking Festival 2023

Event Description

Walking is healthy and can be fun, interesting, sociable and great for your wellbeing. It is a simple way of getting more active. But how can you do more of it? There are group walks, ideas and resources for family activities, maps for themed trails in the city and much more.

33 Bird-watching walk. Saturday 16 September, 9:30.
Meeting at: University of York, Campus East Interchange bus stops, Kimberlow Lane.

A walk for people who would like to see some of the wide variety of birds to be found on the university campus. Birds seen on the campus include gadwall, sand martin, little grebe, great spotted woodpecker and many more.

34 Around the world in 80 flowers’ – the flowers of York’s Streets. Saturday 16 September 14:00 – 15:30.
Meeting at: Scarborough Bridge steps – east side, near Marygate Car Park.

York’s streets are full of flowers from all over the world. Find out more about where our flowers came from, how they got here and some fascinating stories about their life and uses. Learn about the links between our flowers and pandas, missionaries and explorers, Roman meals, wars and much more.

35 Green Corridors York – Fulford Ings to Millennium Bridge. Sunday 17 September 9.30 to 11.30.
Meeting at: End of Landing Lane, Fulford (grid reference: SE 60924 48645, what3words: actors.snake.scarcely).

Come and find out about the history of Fulford Ings, it’s significance as a floodplain meadow, the flora and fauna of the area and what St Nicks has been doing to help manage it. At Millennium Field, we will look at the work that has been done to preserve our endangered Tansy beetle and other local wildlife. A gentle walk, suitable for all abilities.

36 Museum Gardens walk. Wednesday 20 September, 14:00 – 15:00.
Meeting at: outside the Yorkshire Museum main entrance, Museum Street.

A guided tour of the Museum Gardens, looking at archaeological remains, and the horticultural & cultural heritage of the site. York Museums Trust

37 Bat Walk. Thursday 21 September, from 19.30.
Meeting at: behind the Natural Sciences Biology R block on Wentworth Way, University of York (what3words – ///yoga.busy.entry).

This walk is for people who would like to see and hear our most common bat species who live and feed on the grounds of the university campus. Bats most likely to be seen and heard include common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle.

38 Campus Native Trees and Shrubs Walk. Saturday 23 September 10.30 – 12.00
Meeting at: University of York, Heslington Hall entrance gates, University Road.

A look at the native trees and shrubs to be found on the university campus and the benefits they provide to wildlife. The walk will be led by Gordon Eastham BEM who is the Grounds and Ecology Manager for the University of York.

Southbank Foraging Walk. Sunday 24 September 10:00 to 11:00, plus optional refreshments.
Meeting at: the end of the Millennium Bridge on the corner of Millennium fields (East side of the bridge

Join older and younger neighbours for a foraging walk to explore what edible plants are available on our doorstep, how we can identify them and what they can be used for. We will explore Millennium Fields, followed by Danesmead Wood before heading to Cycle Heaven for a free drink.

Organised by: iTravel York

When:  Various walks, from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 September 2023.

Where: Organised activities at various locations in York and North Yorkshire.

Booking: Refer to York Walking Festival listings to book the walk you would like to join.