Which Parks, Open & Public Spaces places are open in York?
York Gardens, Open Spaces, Public places and Parks that are now re-opening including details of what is and isn’t ok according to latest advice…
Now that the advice has changed regarding the amount of time we’re all allowed outside for exercise and to be outdoors, we thought it would be useful to let you know which of the York parks, gardens and open spaces were open to the public. If you know of any others or have more up to date information, please contact us HERE so we can add these to the list.
Please also stick to the Government Guidance on what you can and can’t do – you can find that HERE
Rowntree Park is open. Certain areas and facilities are closed such as the cafe, play parks and skatepark closed. The skatepark is currently closed but under review. The car park is currently closed, but the park is easily accessible via walking or cycling.
However, there are lots of areas to walk and enjoy including the labyrinth, woodland walks and main gardens. There are lots of new ducklings to see!
Facilities available and open – Basketball court, Table tennis table (bring own equipment), tennis courts can be booked via tennis club (see below)
There are ducks to feed and some new ducklings (bring duck food or frozen peas/sweetcorn!), Woodland walks, Orienteering trails (maps online see below). Also the ‘King of the Birds Trail’ is available to do (details and downloadable map on our website).
Careful cycling allowed and dogs on leads.
All government guidance to be followed regarding groups of people and keeping a social distance.
Run by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Moorlands Nature Reserve is absolutely beautiful at this time of year as the Rhododendrons and Azaleas are in full colour at the moment.
Parking is allowed on the verge near the entrance gate but space is limited. No dogs permitted to the reserve. There is a wooden sculpture trail.
Moor Lane, YO32 2RE
What do Mumblers think? “It doesn’t take long to walk around & it has proper paths for buggies. It’s great for toddlers”
York Minster’s Dean’s Park, the popular green space which runs along the north side of the cathedral, is now open.
The park, which has been closed to the public since the 23 March as part of the Minster’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.
People using the area are asked to respect Government advice and social distancing guidance by remaining at least 2m apart from others outside of their group at all times to ensure the park remains open for all.
Please note that ball games, smoking and dogs are not permitted.
The cathedral and its wider precinct currently remain closed to the public while its governing body, the Chapter of York, plan how to safely reopen for worship and sightseeing, in line with advice from Government and Public Health England.
2 Minster Yard, York YO1 7JJ
Open 10am – 5pm.
Managed by Joseph Rowntree Foundation it has entrances on Water End (YO30 6WP) and Shipton Road (YO30 5RE). Wild meadows, ornamental trees, colourful flower beds and a themed summer bedding display. This well-maintained park is popular for picnics.
The children’s play area, toilets and car park are currently closed until further notice.
Water End, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without, YO30 6WP
What do Mumblers Think? (for bike practice) “Definitely recommend Homestead Park as well. The paths round the edge of the grass are nice and wide and they can wobble off them onto the grass if they need to.”
West Bank Park
A 16-acre park in the middle of Holgate, about 30 minutes walk west from the centre of York. (woodland walk and tree trails, meadow picnic area, rose terraces and pergola walk)
West Bank Park, Holgate, York.YO24 4NS
What do Mumblers think? “West bank park Holgate – good open spaces with grass to path.” ” lovely big woodland in there”
Rawcliffe Bar Country Park
2,000 trees and 1,500 woodland shrubs in this developing woodland including willow, birch and pine with oak and ash. Hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose thickets give nesting cover and food for an increasing range of birds. There’s a bike track (now open) & a lake here too. Parking at the Park & Ride.
Rawcliffe and Clifton Without, YO30 5RR
What do Mumblers think? “We have just been round Rawcliffe lake this morn with scooters, its tarmac all the way so it is nice, flat and safe for bikes and scooters”
The Knavesmire is a fantastic huge grass space making it brilliant for walking dogs or children to run around. This circular walk follows a tarmac track so it’s also buggy friendly.
Bracken Road, YO23 1EX
Askham Bog Nature Reserve
There is a lovely boardwalk in a short loop at Askham Bog. Ideal for little legs or you can also take buggies (there is a short walk down through slightly rougher terrain to get there but most push chairs should be ok). Dogs allowed on a lead but must be kept to the boardwalk only. Parking available at the entrance of the reserve.
Just off the A1036, York, YO23 2UB
What do Mumblers think? “It’s a lovely walk, it’s very pushchair friendly with free parking too”
Used for grazing in the summer months but also a valuable area for wildlife and flora, as well as a recreational area for dog-walkers, footballers, cyclists, pedestrians, birdwatchers and many others. There really isn’t any parking at any of the entrances beyond very limited street parking. Right now the cattle are on the Moor for summer grazing, a herd of one-year old cows from north of the city. This year there are Aberdeen Anguses, Limousins, Belgium Blues and Blonde de Aquitaines. They are naturally curious, however do not bother people. Most residents are excited for the annual event, however one or two are fearful. The farmer advises if a cow moves toward you, stand still and don’t run away. There is a wealth of information on the Moor, it’s history, wildlife and the Friends organisation on our website, fohm.org.uk
Hob Moor Drive, York, YO24 4JU (Various points of access)
What do Mumblers think? “Hob Moor. You can get to Little Hob Moor opposite the Tyburn on the Knavesmire by the allotments. Normally has cows in the summer”
Yorkshire Museum Gardens
Unfortunately this city centre park is not currently open. The Yorkshire Museum Gardens has a lovely initiative where you can plant seeds at home in preparation for a lovely summer community bed. See all the details HERE
St Nicks Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve is open for exercise, just come and wander round. Come and explore 24 acres of unique green space on the site of a former rubbish tip. Many birds live on or visit the nature reserve and just under 20 species of butterflies have been recorded. There are all kinds of other insects and some mammals too. There is a great variety of plant species, trees and shrubs.
St Nicks, St Nicks Environment Centre (formerly York Environment Centre), Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST
What do Mumblers think? “St Nicks reserve is good…its a cycle track but lots of bits to look at too”
If you’d like more ideas and inspiration for nice walks in and near to York then you can also check out our 50 Family Friendly Walks in York blog for more ideas (but check what is open before travelling!)