Key locations: Micklegate Bar, Ouse Bridge, Coney Street, Stonegate, Minster Yard and York Museum Gardens.
How old is York? What lies beneath the city? And can it really claim to be the home of geological time? In the York Earth Walk we’ll explore all these questions and more, as we show that, although York is an old city, its origins go deeper. MUCH deeper!
Beginning at Micklegate Bar, we’ll quickly travel back to the last Ice Age, to show how it shaped the landscape of York. We’ll then glide down to the Ouse, search for fossils in the river bank, and decide what the city’s best bar is. After discovering why many of the city’s churches are upside-down, we’ll hunt for the city’s oldest building, put the stone in Stonegate, and meet some microscopic 17th Century schoolgirls. And after you’ve pieced together the mosaic of the map that changed the world, you’ll never look at Yorkshire in the same way again!
The York Earth Walk takes place on Thursdays at 10am in July and August (8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th July; 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th August). The walk lasts around 2 hours. Price: £8 for adults, £4 for children aged 11 and over, free for under-11s.
Meeting location: inside Micklegate Bar, outside 129 Micklegate.
Address: 129, Micklegate, York, YO1 6LB.
Grid reference: SE 5976 5148.
Latitude / Longitude (decimal): 53.955933, -1.0907746.
Latitude / Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds): 53°57′21″N, 001°05′27″W.
This walk can follow a step-free route, and pushchair/wheelchair access is available. Please notify us when booking if this is required by any members of your group. The York Earth Walk is strictly limited to 30 people per tour.