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Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk

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Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 04 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk Walking Guide star1 Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk Walking Guide star1 Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk Walking Guide star1 Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk Walking Guide star1 Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, York
Walk Type: Town or city
Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk Walking Guide
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A 2 mile circular walk around the city of York in North Yorkshire. The walk takes place in the spookily good bits of historic York, where the highwayman Dick Turpin was rumoured to walk with his dog Little Nell. It is rumoured that the highway man and his little dog had many adventures in and around York. The following walk attempts to give you a glimpse of the old York that Dick and Little Nell might have inhabited. Of course, the story here is fictitious but it gives a fun slant on this city trail.

The walk is relatively flat, with only gentle gradients. There are no stiles or gates on route but you will need to negotiate a couple of flights of steps. The paths are all tarmac, paved or cobbled so the route is easy to follow throughout the year. Allow 1 hour.

The walk starts and finishes at Cliffords Tower in the centre of York. Otherwise known as the eye of York, the tower is an easy landmark to identify, sitting high on its circular grass mound. York is well served with public transport, both buses and trains. If you are coming by car, there are plenty of pay and display car parks in the centre of York. One of the closest is St George’s Car Park, from where the tower is easily visible. Approximate post code YO1 9WJ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Piccadilly
Start to Piccadilly

Start point: 53.9556 lat, -1.0797 long
End point: 53.9575 lat, -1.0789 long

Dick and Little Nell used to start their walks in the early evening at Cliffords Tower – otherwise known as the eye of York. The grass mound beneath the tower is a mass of yellow daffodils in the spring – interesting to Little Nell but not to Dick, he had other things on his mind. Nearby is the Castle Museum, where Dick Turpin was held prisoner before he was hanged at the Tyburn gallows on the Knavesmire in 1739.

Standing at the foot of the steps to Cliffords Tower (with your back to the tower), turn left and head towards the line of trees at the far side of the car park. Turn left alongside the tree line and, in the car park corner, fork right (by the life buoy) to join a riverside footpath. Follow the path, which passes the edge of the Coppergate shopping centre and, after a short while, emerges to Piccadilly (with a river bridge to your right).

Piccadilly to St Andrewgate
Piccadilly to St Andrewgate

Start point: 53.9575 lat, -1.0789 long
End point: 53.9601 lat, -1.0799 long

Turn left for a few paces and then cross the road at the large speed hump. Look over the wall directly ahead and you will see Merchant Adventurers Hall. Many of the wives of these unsuspecting merchants were robbed by Dick and Little Nell, which is why dogs are not allowed in the gardens here!

Turn right (heading back on yourself) and cross the bridge over the River Foss. Turn left at the roundabout and continue past the cycle racks and bus stops of Merchantgate, before turning left up the cobbles of Fossgate. Follow Dick and Nell’s route as it crosses the river again, before continuing up the narrow street. At the end of the road, continue ahead to York’s shortest street with the longest name – Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate. At the end of the street (blink and you’ll miss it!) keep ahead onto Colliergate.

Where Colliergate bears left, The Last Drop Inn is on your right. The original pub on this site would have welcomed shady characters like Dick and Little Nell. Today you and your dog are most welcome in this lovely traditional pub. Ironically, for Dick Turpin, its name is a reference to hanging!

After leaving the Last Drop Inn, turn right out of the door then right into the charming and quiet area of St Andrewgate.

St Andrewgate to Roman Column
St Andrewgate to Roman Column

Start point: 53.9601 lat, -1.0799 long
End point: 53.9617 lat, -1.0818 long

Pass St Andrew’s Church on your right and, a few paces later, turn left into Bartle Garth. The road leads you ahead (with the Minster ahead of you), bearing right (passing Bedern Hall on your right) and then bearing left to a snickleway, near a sign for Bedern. Follow the narrow passageway, leading to the ancient street of Goodramgate.

Cross over to the far pavement, turn left along this and then immediately right into College Street. Pass the black and white faced buildings of St William’s College on your right to reach the Minster ahead. As you reach Minster Yard, with the Minster buildings in front of you, turn left and follow the paved walkway, keeping the Gothic Cathedral to the right.

You will emerge to the front of the Minster and straight ahead you will see the Roman Column, where it is said the ghost of the Centurion walked!

Roman Column to Lendal Bridge
Roman Column to Lendal Bridge

Start point: 53.9617 lat, -1.0818 long
End point: 53.96 lat, -1.0873 long

Turn right, passing the statue of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great and the Minster on your right. You will emerge to a road junction by the Dean Court Hotel. Go straight ahead (passing Dean Court Hotel on your left) along High Petergate to another of Dick and Little Nell’s favourite watering holes, The Three Legged Mare – known to locals as the Wonky Donkey! This friendly pub not only allows dogs, but also offers treats and water too!

Suitably refreshed, Dick would have turned left out of The Three Legged Mare, but if you didn’t go in, keep ahead on High Petergate to pass through the arch of Bootham Bar – the north western gate of Eboracum, the Roman name for York.

Cross over the road via the two pedestrian crossings, heading towards the art gallery. In Exhibition Square by York Art Gallery, there is a dog-friendly summertime pavement cafe by the attractive water fountains.

Facing the gallery and square, turn left onto St Leonard’s Place. Pass York Theatre Royal on your left and, at the traffic lights, turn right onto Museum Street. After passing York Explore library and the Museum Gardens on your right, go ahead across Lendal Bridge.

Lendal Bridge to Ouse Bridge
Lendal Bridge to Ouse Bridge

Start point: 53.96 lat, -1.0873 long
End point: 53.9574 lat, -1.084 long

Just as Dick and Nell would have done, turn right at the end of the bridge along a short section of the city walls. Almost immediately take a flight of steps on the right, down to the river. At the bottom, turn right to pass under Lendal Bridge and bear left onto Wellington Row.

After a short while, pass through a gate in the wall to the riverside path. Stay ahead on the riverside path with the river on your left. Continue up the steps towards Ouse Bridge. At the junction with the road, cross to the far pavement and turn left to cross the bridge.

Ouse Bridge to End
Ouse Bridge to End

Start point: 53.9574 lat, -1.084 long
End point: 53.9557 lat, -1.0798 long

At the end of the bridge, turn right down a flight of stone steps to the Kings Staith, alongside the River Ouse. This ancient area has long been a popular place for refreshments and Dick and Nell would probably have finished their evenings off with a night-cap here, before heading home.

Continue alongside the river, with the black painted Skeldergate Bridge in front. You will pass some terraced rows of houses on your left, including South Esplanade, said to be the home of Dick Turpin and Little Nell. It would probably have been time for them to turn in for the night.

At the end of South Esplanade turn left, and walk up the path with the parkland on your right and head back towards Cliffords Tower, where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk"

A brilliant short walk lots of history along the way. excellent description.

By stevesett123 on 04 Mar 2018

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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Uploaded: 18 Mar 2017
The Last Drop Inn
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The Three Legged Mare – known to locals as the Wonky Donkey!

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