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|Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse|
|Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 03 Nov 2016||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, York|
|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.
|Start to Pasture Stile|
Start point: 53.9019 lat, -1.1036 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.
|Pasture Stile to Old Railway|
Start point: 53.9103 lat, -1.0925 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.
|Old Railway to Cowper Lane|
Start point: 53.9126 lat, -1.0937 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.
|Cowper Lane to End|
Start point: 53.9055 lat, -1.1064 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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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|
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