A family-friendly walk in York is always a great way to get everyone outside for some exercise and fresh air. It’s even more fun with the bonus of a takeaway drink and a delicious snack or two along the way or as a treat at the end of your walk!
We’ve listed some fantastic independent cafes and coffee shops in and around York that you can include on your next family walk. To make your life even easier we’ve suggested where you could walk too.
The Dark Horse Espresso Bar – Shambles Market, York
☕️ Cafe details: Laura and Mark run the Dark House Espresso bar, a converted horsebox, located in the centre of York in the Shambles Market. They offer amazing coffee and a homemade wholesome menu if you are feeling hungry.
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🚶♀️Where to walk: There are so many fantastic walks to do around York city centre, including a few gems that will even keep little legs entertained. You could walk around the city walls (or a small section of it) and there are plenty of free trails to enjoy, such as the Cat Trail or the Squirrel Trail in the Museum Gardens. You could even walk the Chocolate Trail whilst sipping on a delicious hot chocolate!
🗺 Location: 5 Silver Street, Shambles Market, York, YO1 8RY
Cafe No. 50 – Haxby
☕️ Cafe details: No. 50 is located in the centre of Haxby (just opposite Sainsbury’s) and dishes up AMAZING American pancakes, sweet treats and the most luxurious milkshakes and loaded hot chocolates. It basically impossible to walk past and not be tempted…
🚶♀️Where to walk: There are 5 suggested walking rounds available in this pdf that range from 30 minutes to just over an hour. There is also a lovely duck pond in Haxby and one in nearby Wigginton if you want to build in another fun activity (whilst you finish your massive milkshake!)
ℹ️Find out more: See more on Cafe No. 50’s Facebook or Instagram. Currently serving takeaway Wed 10am-3pm & Thur to Sat 10am – 4pm.
🗺 Location: 50 The Village, Wigginton, York, YO32 2PS
Robinsons Cafe – Bishopthorpe Road
☕️ Cafe details: Robinsons is an independent neighbourhood café serving delicious, homemade food. Alongside a fantastic range of drinks, their whole menu is currently available as a takeaway so you can enjoy breakfast or brunch too. Yummy!
🚶♀️Where to walk: A great place to start your walk would be around the Knavesmire to Bishopthorpe Road. Or if you fancy a short walk and are looking to include some extra fun for the kids, why not spend some time playing in Rowntree Park and then wander over for a well-earnt drink and snack – Robinsons Cafe is just a 10 minute/half-mile stroll away.
ℹ️Find out more: See more details and a full menu on Robinsons Cafe website. Robinsons is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 2:30 for takeaway only.
🗺 Location: 7 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1NA
52 Broadway – Fulford
☕️ Cafe details: This independent coffee shop in Fulford, York offers a brilliant, ever-changing selection of homemade cakes and serves locally roasted coffee. Well worth a visit!
🚶♀️Where to walk: You can enjoy a circular walk in Fulford around Fulford Ings which takes about 40 minutes (1 1/2 miles). Or there are some great walking routes around Walmgate Stray available here which vary in length from one to three miles so there is something for everyone.
ℹ️Find out more: Check out their Facebook or Instagram to see pictures of deliciousness. Open Monday – Saturday between 8am-4pm.
🗺 Location: 52 Broadway, York, YO10 4JX
Old Butchers Coffee Shop – Dunnington
☕️ Cafe details: Friendly, independent coffee shop in Dunnington, York. Serving brunch, lunch, homemade cakes and great coffee!
🚶♀️Where to walk: If you feel like really earning your cake, there is a 3 3/4 mile circular walk around Dunnington here. Or you can explore Hagg Wood where there is plenty of wildlife to discover.
ℹ️Find out more: Check out their Facebook or Instagram page to stay up to date. Open Friday and Saturday 10-1pm for takeout coffee, sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones.
🗺 Location: 16a York Street YO19 5PN Dunnington
Caffé Valeria – Wheldrake
☕️ Cafe details: This authentic Sicilian Caffé is located in the beautiful village of Wheldrake. They serve up Italian pastries and food, and offer amazing Sicilian coffee.
🚶♀️Where to walk: Enjoy a walk through Wheldrake Woods, which has a vast range of wildlife, a mixture of trees and lots of informal paths to wander. There is also a decent 6 mile walking route around Wheldrake which takes about 2 1/2 hours.
☕️ Cafe details: This independent cafe in Copmanthorpe serves homemade food for breakfast, lunch or just delicious snacks after a long walk! Fabulous coffee and a warm welcome await you at Little Acorns.
🚶♀️Where to walk: There are four walking routes available here that vary in distance from 4 to 11 miles. All routes start and finish at the Royal Oak Pub on Main Street.
ℹ️Find out more: See Little Acorns Facebook page for more information. Open Mon 9am – 3pm, Tues to Fri 8am – 3.30pm & Sat 9am – 2pm.
🗺 Location: Copmanthorpe, York YO23 3SE
Poppleton Social – Poppleton
☕️ Cafe details: This independent coffee shop is located within the Poppleton Community Centre. It serves Square Mile coffee, yummy homemade cakes and sandwiches. Plus they offer pizzas in the evening – perfect if you are on an evening summer stroll.
🚶♀️Where to walk: One of the easiest walks is to park at Poppleton Community centre, then walk out of the centre and turn left. Then turn left immediately up Ouse Moor Lane. Then follow a circular walk around the rural backfields of Poppleton: Follow Ouse Moor Lane and turn left down Common Croft Lane. Then follow this and turn left down West Fields Lane. Follow this and turn left again down the Green where you will arrive back in Poppleton village. Follow the main road back up to the Community Centre where you will find the Poppleton Social for a well-deserved coffee and cake!
ℹ️Find out more: Find out more on the Poppleton Social website and on their Facebook page. Takeaway cake & coffee Tues – Fri 8.30am – 4pm & Sat 10am – 4pm. Pizza collection Thur, Fri & Sat 5 – 9pm.
🗺 Location: Poppleton Social Community Centre Main Street, York YO26 6JT
Yolk Farm – Boroughbridge
☕️ Cafe details: Enjoy a wander around the farm and the best place to enjoy amazing eggs from Yolk Farm’s free range hens! Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or coffee from this award-winning farm shop!
🚶♀️Where to walk: You can find details of a 7 walk around Boroughbridge here. If you are after something more leisurely, you could take an easy walk along the River Ure and the Ripon Canal on the flat canal towpath where there are plenty of barges, locks and bridges to see.
ℹ️Find out more: See Yolk Farm website for more information. Open all week 9am – 4.30pm (4pm on Sundays). A more extensive takeaway menu is available Fri – Sun 10am -2pm
🗺 Location: Minskip Road, Minskip, York YO51 9HY
Love to Eat – Woodthorpe
☕️ Cafe details: With a great range of homemade cakes and coffee for takeaway, plus picnics and afternoon teas available for collection (pre-ordering required).
🚶♀️Where to walk: If you are after a short walk then Acomb Wood and Meadow Local Nature Reserve is a 20-25 minute circular walk, and approximately a one mile walk from Love to Eat. Or you could pop by Love to Eat after a visit to Askham Bog if you are in the car.
ℹ️Find out more: See more on Love to Eats Facebook page. Open for Takeaway Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm.
🗺 Location: 52 Moor Lane, Woodthorpe, York YO24 2QY
Disclaimer: Opening times and takeaway options correct at time of publication (2 April 2021). We will try and keep this post updated as restaurants and cafes open up more over the next few months, but please check specific opening times before you set off!
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