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Knavesmire Circuit

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Knavesmire Circuit
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 21 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Knavesmire Circuit Walking Guide star0 Knavesmire Circuit Walking Guide star0 Knavesmire Circuit Walking Guide star0 Knavesmire Circuit Walking Guide star0 Knavesmire Circuit Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, York
Walk Type: Garden or park
Knavesmire Circuit
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Knavesmire Circuit Walking Guide
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A circular walk of just over 2 miles in Knavesmire, York’s Racecourse in North Yorkshire. York’s Knavesmire is one of the premier horse racing tracks in Europe. On non-race days, the vast grass space inside the racecourse is open for public access. It is a really sociable place for you and your dog as there are usually plenty of dogs to play with and the humans are often willing to chat too.

The route is only accessible on days when horse racing is not taking place, so check the Knavesmire website before you set out. The walk is almost entirely flat with no gradients to speak of. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route. The walk follows a wide tarmac track that runs around the inside the grass race track. The route is popular with cyclists, runners and dog walkers. Please remember to clean up after your dog. You may be sharing the tarmac track with occasional racecourse service vehicles so take care with children and dogs. Allow 1 hour.

The Knavesmire is on the south side of York, on Knavesmire Road, just off Tadcaster Road (A64). There is free roadside parking on Knavesmire Road. Park at the southern end, between the junction with Knavesmire Crescent and the racecourse buildings. The walk starts and finishes at the junction between Knavesmire Road and Knavesmire Crescent. Approximate post code YO23 1EU.

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Walk Sections

Start to Grandstand
Start to Grandstand

Start point: 53.9445 lat, -1.0954 long
End point: 53.9404 lat, -1.0955 long

From Knavesmire Road, take the gap alongside the triple vehicle gates (directly opposite Knavesmire Crescent). Pass a dog waste bin on your left and you will see the vast open grass space in front of you. For this route, turn left along the stone track (with Knavesmire Road running on your left), heading for the racecourse buildings.

A few paces before the buildings, turn right onto the tarmac access drive which leads you directly across the grass race track to reach the inner grassland. Take the tarmac track ahead (about 11 o’clock), which leads you past the grandstand and enclosures on your left.

Grandstand to Woodland
Grandstand to Woodland

Start point: 53.9404 lat, -1.0955 long
End point: 53.9319 lat, -1.0965 long

Beyond the grandstand buildings, stay with the tarmac track which swings left (passing some turnstiles on your left) and then swings right to continue with the grass race track on your left. Now is a good time to understand the history of this site.

York’s tradition of horse racing can be traced back almost 2,000 years to Roman times, during the reign of the Emperor Severus. Records show that the city first fully supported racing in 1530. In 1730 horse racing was transferred to the Knavesmire. The site had no permanent buildings until 1754 when the first grandstand was designed by the eminent Georgian York architect John Carr producing the now Grade II listed building. By this time racing was a popular social activity, regularly attracting crowds of more than 100,000. Evening balls followed afternoon race visits. The Knavesmire was also York’s public hanging place for many years, with gallows being erected in 1379. Dick Turpin, probably the most infamous person to be executed here, was hanged in 1739.

After a long straight stretch, stay with the track which swings right passing a woodland across to your left.

Woodland to End
Woodland to End

Start point: 53.9319 lat, -1.0965 long
End point: 53.9448 lat, -1.0956 long

Beyond the woodland, you will see some houses across to your left. Soon afterwards the track bears right again and you will draw level with the grandstand, to your right on the far side of the racecourse. Stay with the track swinging right again and, just before you reach the buildings, you will see the junction with the access drive where you entered the inner grassland. Turn left along this and then left again, just before the road, to reach the access gate on your right where the walk began.

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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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