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Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse

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Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 03 Nov 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Acaster Malbis and the River Ousestar1 Acaster Malbis and the River Ousestar1 Acaster Malbis and the River Ousestar1 Acaster Malbis and the River Ousestar0 Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse
North Yorkshire, York
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse boot Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse
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A 3 mile circular walk from the village of Acaster Malbis, near York in North Yorkshire. This riverside walk gives your pooch the opportunity to be off lead on grassy paths and have a swim or paddle in the river. Even though you are close to the city of York, this walk takes you on a tranquil journey past picturesque villages on the riverside and through wide open fields.

The terrain is fairly easy, mostly on wide, flat paths by the river or on the old railway line. You will need to negotiate a flight of steps and there are a few stiles, but these will present no problems to most dogs due to the large gaps under the gates. There is a little bit of walking on a quiet road near the end of the walk. Most of the walk is livestock free, but you will cross one field that sometimes holds cattle. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

Acaster Malbis is located about 5 miles south of York. From York city centre, head south towards Bishopthorpe. From the racecourse on Tadcaster Road, turn left at York College along Silm Balk Lane. Or leave York on Bishopthorpe Road. Once in Bishopthorpe, follow the signs for Acaster Malbis. From the A64, turn off at Copmanthorpe, and head through the village following the signs for Acaster Malbis. Once in the village, look for the signs towards the riverside Ship Inn. The walk starts and finishes outside the Ship Inn. There is limited roadside parking in the village, or the Ship Inn car park – for patrons only. Approximate post code YO23 2UH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Pasture Stile
Start to Pasture Stile

Start point: 53.9019 lat, -1.1036 long
End point: 53.9103 lat, -1.0925 long

The unusual village name has interesting origins. The Latin word for camp is castra, indicating that the Roman army may have been based in Acaster Malbis, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Acastre. Malbis comes from the Norman Malbysse or De Malebys family and was a Norman name that means very swarthy in French.

From the Ship Inn, head along York Road, with a caravan park to the left and the River Ouse to the right. After a short while turn right across the road and, following a wooden waymarked footpath sign, head up Jorvik Lane towards the river. There is a dog waste bin under the sign.

The lane is quiet, only being used by boat owners to gain access to the moorings, so well-behaved pooches may be let off the lead here. Visible on the other side of the river is the village of Naburn and opposite here the sloped bank offers a doggie paddling or swimming opportunity (but do take care around the moorings). The path becomes grassier after passing a stile next to a metal gate – easily passed under by most dogs. Keep ahead along the river bank, ignoring the surfaced path that bends to the left. Instead climb the waymarked stile ahead (there is a big space for dogs to pass through) and continue towards the old Naburn Swing Bridge now in clear view ahead.

Pasture Stile to Old Railway
Pasture Stile to Old Railway

Start point: 53.9103 lat, -1.0925 long
End point: 53.9126 lat, -1.0937 long

Before reaching the bridge, turn left at a waymarked stile by a metal gate. Climb the stile (most dogs will go under the gate) and head in a straight line across the field. Sometimes cattle graze here so be ready with the lead just in case! At the far side of the field, climb a stile next to a wooden gate (again most dogs will go under it) and turn right along the road.

After a short distance, pass under the old railway bridge then immediately turn right up some steps and head for the York to Selby Railway Path – part of the national cycle network (route 65) and Trans Pennine Trail. There is a dog-waste bin here. Turn to the right and head up a flight of stone steps to the track-bed of the old York to Selby railway line. Turn right at the top and head along the flat, concrete path.

Old Railway to Cowper Lane
Old Railway to Cowper Lane

Start point: 53.9126 lat, -1.0937 long
End point: 53.9055 lat, -1.1064 long

Follow the old railway for about 500 metres. This section can be busy but there is ample room for joggers, cyclists, walkers and dogs of course! With the houses of Bishopthorpe visible to the right, turn left along a public footpath, signposted to Acaster Malbis. Follow the path along the edge of a field with a line of trees to the right and another tree in front. Where the tree line ends continue ahead between two fields towards the hedge. Cross a stile, it has a big gap for dogs, and continue straight ahead on the path along the edge of a field with a Hawthorne hedge to the right.

The paths here are grassy and well defined, giving a sense of freedom and of being in the open space even though the city of York is so near. Cross another stile with a gap for dogs and continue ahead between two fields towards houses and a tree line ahead. Approaching a large metal gate with a ‘private’ sign, bear right towards the tree where there is another stile and dog gap. Keep ahead on the path next to a wire and post fence before crossing a waymarked wooden footbridge to the right leading to an enclosed public footpath. Continue along the path to the road.

Cowper Lane to End
Cowper Lane to End

Start point: 53.9055 lat, -1.1064 long
End point: 53.902 lat, -1.1036 long

Turn left back towards Acaster Malbis. Follow the road as it bends to the right, left, then right again before taking a footpath to the left through a caravan park – signposted to Horling Lane, underneath a sign for Poplar Farm. Head through the caravan park and emerge back on the road near the Ship Inn.

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2 comments for "Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse"

Lovely easy walk, ideal for beginners and to take your children.

By voodoomate on 04 Dec 2016

great walk! easy and flat. my dog had a great time and made some friends along the way :-)

By rarcher on 10 Feb 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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