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Walks Organiser: Alison Rutter   01904 703430   walks@yant.org.uk

Walks Archives

Photos and descriptions of previous years' walks

2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

Next Half-Day Circular Walk

Tuesday 23rd October, 2018

Deighton to Naburn circular.

Distance: 4 ½ miles.

Next Full-Day Walk

Details of the 2019 Walks will be available soon.

Suggestions for walks and offers to lead are always welcome. If you can help, please contact Alison Rutter on 01904 703430 (walks@yant.org.uk) or Eileen Wishart (Secretary) on 01904 633705 (eileen.wishart@btinternet.com).

Please park with consideration where roadside/village parking is involved.


NB. Walkers participate at their own risk and must be capable of completing the distance in open countryside over uneven ground, with some ascents and descents, in a variety of weather conditions. Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn and a packed lunch and drinks carried.


If you would like a lift for any walk or can offer one to others, please contact Colin Sherwood (trips@yant.org.uk).


Social Evening and Quiz Night

Another very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all, on the 16 March, at the New Earswick Bowls Club. Roger and Alison teased our brains with a variety of questions and the Bowls Club fortified us with a tasty and varied buffet.


Social Evening 2019.

The New Earswick Bowls Club on Huntington Road has been booked for Friday, 15th March 2019.

Full details and a booking form will be enclosed with the December Newsletter.



2019 walks – leaders needed.

Many thanks are due to those who plan and lead the walks, which we all enjoy. Some of these folk have led more than one walk per year for a while. It would be good if more people could come forward with suggestions for venues and offers to plan and lead walks. Help with recces would be available.


We shall soon be putting together next year’s programme; if you can help please let any sub-committee member know.


Half-Day Circular Walks

Walkers use their own transport for these walks

and usually have lunch together after the walk at a local hostelry.

An administration charge of £1.00 will be collected on each walk.

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018 - Deighton to Naburn circular.

Leader: Colin Sherwood

Distance: 4 ½ miles.

A walk to the south of York, leaving cars at the White Swan, Deighton, which is on the A19, about 1 ½ miles south of Crockey Hill. There is ample parking at the White Swan where it may be possible to get lunch after the walk. Alternatively, take the 415 bus from York which leaves Piccadilly every 20 minutes for a journey taking 20 minutes.


We walk on a footpath, marked in places from Deighton, in a roughly westerly direction through the fields and across the old East Coast Main Line railway track (ECML) entering Naburn along Vicarage Lane. We aim to reach the banks of the River Ouse at the historic location of the ferry. We will then walk south along the old ECML, now the York-Selby path and cycleway, until we reach the bridge of Moor Lane over the old railway. We then head across fields following footpaths towards Deighton, finally retracing our steps to the village.


No stiles along the route and no toilet facilities except possibly at the White Swan, the Blacksmith’s Arms at Naburn or nearby at the York Marina.


Meet at the White Swan, Deighton, for a 10am start.


Thursday, 15th November, 2018 - Rawcliffe Lake and Clifton Backies

Leader: Celia Rutt

Distance: 4 – 5 miles.

A fairly flat walk from Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride, no stiles, but there may be some mud on the Backies footpaths. We walk along the flood bank towards York, crossing the A19 and on towards Clifton Backies, the site of the old World War 2 airfield, which still has some outlines of the buildings. The site has an interesting history and is now a small developing nature reserve. We pass through a pleasant estate on our way to Rawcliffe Lake, which is manmade, created to provide flood relief. The lake is popular with wildfowl and migrating birds, particularly in winter. We then either return to the Park and Ride site and/or can go to the Doormouse on Shipton Road for lunch.


Meet at the Park and Ride buildings (toilets available there) for a 10am start.


If coming by car please park in Car Park C.


Thursday, 28th December, 2018.

Eileen Wishart will lead a local walk. Details will be in December’s Newsletter.



Full-Day Walks with coach transport and afternoon tea.


It is worthwhile contacting Celia Rutt (01904 627384) after the closing dates for the July and September walks, and before the walk dates, to see if places are available.


As in the past few years we have not arranged a full day walk with coach transport for August.

Instead, there will be a medium length walk using own transport.


Details are given under Half-Day Circular Walks above.