Skeldergate Bridge in the City of York
Low winter sun illuminating the underside of Skeldergate Bridge in the City of York

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Route No. 280 - Sunday 18 January 2009
River Ouse circuit - 8.5km
City of York . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base.
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Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 290 York at 1:25000


Moorings by the flats near Skeldergate Bridge
Moorings by the flats near Skeldergate Bridge

We used her office parking spot to park near the city centre and walked past Cliford's tower to St Georges Field car park.

This morning was fine and bright and my wife wanted a flat walk where she could "stride-out" so we decided to drive into York

River Foss flood barrier
River Foss flood barrier

Footbridge over the River Foss as it joins the River Ouse
Footbridge over the River Foss as it joins the River Ouse

There were lots of strollers, joggers and cyclists enjoying the morning sunshine by the river as we walked the 1.5km down river to the Millennium Footbridge at map ref. SE603495.

From the car park we crossed onto the river side path heading downstream on the east bank of the River Ouse.

The Millennium Footbridge over the River Ouse
The Millennium Footbridge over the River Ouse

The Millennium Footbridge over the River Ouse
The Millennium Footbridge over the River Ouse

A ladies eight on the river
A ladies eight on the river

Here the path has followed the river bank through a slow right angle turn and just before the stile at the field boundary we turned right to follow a path diagonally across the large field cutting off the corner and rejoining the riverside path at map ref. SE605490.

We crossed the river on the footbridge and continued downstream on the footpath along the west bank. We followed the path across the fields along the low floodbank for about another kilometre to map ref. SE605485.

Moorings on the River Ouse
Moorings on the River Ouse

Starting back across the field to rejoin the riverside path
Starting back across the field to rejoin the riverside path

The old Terry's Chocolate factory
The old Terry's Chocolate Factory

We walked past the lake and the children's playground, and rejoined the riverside path. We continued along the riverside to Skeldergate Bridge, where the path led us under the bridge and into the street called Skeldergate.

We walked along the riverbank back towards the centre of York, past the Millennium Footbridge and up to Rowantree park where there is a cafe and public toilets. We turned off the riverside path to make a very pleasant diversion through the park.

Looking upstream from Skeldergate Bridge
Looking upstream from Skeldergate Bridge

Skeldergate Bridge
Skeldergate Bridge

Cafe in the tower on Skeldergate Bridge
Cafe in the tower on Skeldergate Bridge

Just at the start of the bridge we turned left off the bridge to go along a walkway between the buildings and the river.

We walked along Skeldergate to the traffic lights at the far end where we turned right to Ouse Bridge.

Looking downstream from Ouse Bridge
Looking downstream from Ouse Bridge

The Guild Hall across the river from the walkway between the Ouse and Lendle Bridges
The Guild Hall across the river near Lendle Bridge

From there we continued on the same side of the river to the next bridge.

The walkway led us to the next bridge upstream called Lendle Bridge.

Lendle Tower at the end of Lendle Bridge
Lendle Tower at the end of Lendle Bridge

Railway bridge and footbridge over the R Ouse
Railway bridge and footbridge over the R Ouse

We crossed the river here, map ref. SE596520, and made our way back down the other side of the river.

This is a railway bridge with a footbridge attached on the downstream side of the bridge.

One of many grey-lag geese on the riverside
One of many grey-lag geese on the riverside

Ruins of St. Mary's Abbey in the Museum Gardens
Ruins of St. Mary's Abbey in the Museum Gardens

We crossed Museum Street (A1036) and walked along Lendle and then along Coney Street and Spurriergate (it's all one continuous street really), to Low Ousegate. Here we turned right to Ouse Bridge.

Afre about 250m we came to a gate in the railings into the Museum Gardens at map ref. SE598520. We walked through the Museum Gardens to the exit opposite a street called Lendle at map ref. SE600520.

A squirrel in the Museum Gardens
A squirrel in the Museum Gardens

Looking across St Helen's Square from Coney St.
Looking across St Helen's Square from Coney St.

It had been a very pleasant walk of about 8.5km in the winter sunshine, and there were plenty of cafes in York for a break at the start, middle and end of the walk.

At the bridge we turned left off the road to descend some stone steps to the cobbled riverside. We walked along the riverside path back to the start of our walk at Skeldergate Bridge and the car park at St George's Field.

Cliford's Tower
Cliford's Tower