Time Required :- 75 minutes walking time but you will need to add on at
least half that much again to stop and gawk at sights, maybe
go in to
buildings for a look and take
photographs, and fit in comfort breaks.
distance: 2.5 miles
Starting from Piccadily by the Merchant
Adventurers Hall this
takes in a crossing of the River Foss twice and the River Ouse over
Skeldergate Bridge going in both directions. Sights you will see along
the way include the now rather derelict Airspeed Factory of which
Neville Shute was director, St. Denys Church, Dick Turpin's
Gravestone, a section of wall up to Fishergate Postern, the back of the
Castle Museum, Baile Hill, another section of walls leading up to
Victoria Bar, The Golden Ball pub if you have worked up a thirst,
Jacob's Well, Holy Trinity Church, York Brewery, St Martins Church and
cobbled lane, the Ackhorne Pub, Lady Ann Middleton's Almshouse, and
Clifford's tower before returning back to the starting point in
TIP: In Icy
weather the gates to the walls are kept locked. If you have the
misfortune to suffer this problem the sections of wall in this walk
have a pavement that follows the line of the wall on the outside.
The walk starts and finishes in
Piccadily next to the Merchant Adventurers' Hall.
Head south east away
from the city centre along Piccadily. The Red Lion shoud be
just in front of you on your left.
As you pass the Red Lion you will see a
fairly derelict building just in front of you. This is the former
where Neville Shute was a director. Although
the building is not very beautiful it played a part in aviation
history. Aeroplane parts were made in the factory and then transported
out to Sherburn airfield for assembly and testing. At the end of the
factory you find a short road heading up to St.
well worth a detour for a look round.
After your little detour to St. Denys
Church continue along Piccadily until you reach Dixon Lane and turn
left into the narrow Dixon Lane and then right into George Street.
If you miss Dixon Lane use Mill Street to get to George
going along George Street until you come St. Georges
typical Voctorian building. Although the church itself is of
little interest the churchyard over the road holds a lot more promise
than the hedge enclosed open space might suggest on first glance.
Go in through the gateway and head
towards the back of the open space where you will find the gravestone
of the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin
who was hanged on the
Knavesmire where York Racecourse is now situated. Racing in York more
or less started as a sideshow after a hangings.
Continue along George Street until you reach the Phoenix which is
situated next to the city walls. Although boarded up at time of
writing, it has been bought and plans are afoot for reopening in August
09. The photo shows the Ebor Morris Men
during their City
Walls Tour just before doing a dance in the hopes of persuading it to
open. I guess the magic worked! Take the right steps onto the wall to
proceed in a
clockwise direction along the walls towards Fishergate
AT the Fishergate
Postern cross the
road towards Wetherspoons and follow Tower Street over the River Foss
by Castle Mills Bridge.
As you cross the River Foss you can see the back of the Castle
Continue along Tower Street which turns to the right skirting
of the Castle Museum and the Assizes. At the point that you can see
the right in front of you, there is a light
controlled pedestrian crossing on your left. Use this crossing to cross
the road and
enter the small piece of parkland that is St. Georges Field.
Cross the park on the diagonal path and
take the steps up onto Skeldergate
. For those with
time and an interest in mechanical contivances a small detour under the
bridge to the Foss Barrier will prove to be an interesting diversion.
On the bridge cross the River Ouse into Bishopgate Street and turn
right into Cromwell Road to gain access to the walls.
Use steps of the Baile
get onto the walls. Follow the wall round to Victoria bar and come down
the steps into Victor Street. Victoria Bar was created and named after
Queen Victoria in 1838 to allow easier acces for the increasing
population of the Nunnery Road area. to the city.
Turn your back to the walls and walk
along Victor Street passing the old Chapel converted into flats and the
tasteful looking Old Rectory. At the end of Victor Street at the
junction of Bishophill is a very pleasant public house called the
Across the road from the Golden Ball
are two items of interest, one is Carr's
which runs down to
Skeldergate. It is named after the famous archictect John Carr who was
responsible for many fine houses in York. The other is the Quaker
Graveyard next to the lane. A peaceful garden with seats. If time and
religion permits. it is
worth popping in for a quick one and a look around. It is a
friendly pub and the decor is quirky, see a sample on the right with
the flying frogs. The tiling on the bar is also worth a look.
From the Golden Ball turn to the left and walk along
Bishophill Senior until you come to a five way junction.
Take the non right angle route into Trinity Lane.
Towards the end of Trinity Lane brings
you to an interesting timbered building known as Jacob's Well
dating back to the 15th century. It is part of the Holy Trinity Church
which is just round the corner to the left in Micklegate.
Micklegate is probably notorious for
the Micklegate run, a challeng to have a drink in every watering hole
along the street. However it does have some interesting
buildings besides the pubs. Here you can see the buildings at the
junction with Priory Street and the gem of a timbered building next to
it which includes a fish and chip shop if you are hungry!
Continue up Micklegate until you reach
the Sony shop on the right and then turn to the right along Bar Lane
and then right again into Toft Green. A short walk along Toft Green you
will come to York
. If you have time arrange a tour around the
brewery. From the brewery continue down the hill until you
see Barker Lane on your right then turn into the narrow lane and head
back to Micklegate where you will see Trinity Lane opposite you. Turn
to the left and continue downhill on Micklegate. As you pass the Artful
Dodger Bar you come upon St. Martins Lane.
St. Martin's Lane is a
small cobbled lane that goes to the Ackhorne
pub, pronounced Acorn. This is another one of the narrow
lanes in York and only just wide enough for a car. The lane
takes its name from the now redundant church of St. Martin.
you exit from the lane, just past the Ackhorne, turn left downhill
along Fetter Lane and then
turn right into Skeldergate.and first left to the riverside where you
will be standing on Kingstaith.looking across the river at the King's
Head Pub. It is the one that is always shown when the River Ouse is in
flood. Turning to the right downstream is an
ironwork gantry that was used for the loading and unloading of boats.
Skeldergate used to have several warehouses up to the 1980s when the
conversion process started turning them into hotels,
apartments and even training company classrooms.
After the gantry turn to the right
again to take you back to Skeldergate and turn left to follow parallel
to the river along the street. Pass the Cock and Bottle and
on your right you come to Lady Ann Middleton's Hotel
a former almshouse
and hospital founded by the wife of a former sherrif of York.
Next to Lady Ann Middleton's is a group
of bungalows making up more almshouses erected in memory of Joseph
of the famous Terry chocolate factory. Continuing
further along Skeldergate brings you to another former warehouse on the
left a former bonding warehouse. Converted to a Pub in the
1980s it was a thriving business which eventually lost its way and now
stands empty. Plans were afoot to convert it to yet more
apartments but has stalled in the teeth of the recession.
Follow the path along the short stretch of Cromwell Road and turn left
or continue as far as the bridge and take the steps up to take you over Skeldergate Bridge. At the traffic lights turn left
skirting the small park that was crossed earlier. Cross the road at the
pedestrian crossing towards Clifford's Tower.
is one York's icons
and probably ranks high in the list of most photographed sights in
York. Full of history and well worth checking out. Administered by
English Heritage there is a charge for entry.
Having had your fill of Clifford's Tower make your way across the car
park on a diagonal line towards the telecom mast to reach the edge of
the Coppergate Centre and
the River Foss
skirting around the delivery ramp\into
Fenwick's to follow the river walkway past the memorial
Stuttle the young York resident murdered in Australia
whilst backpacking, to come out intoPiccadily opposite the Merchant
Adventurers' Hall to complete the walk.
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Circular Walk 2
Circular Walk 3
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