Key locations: St Mary’s Abbey, River Ouse, Lendal Bridge, North Street Gardens, Ouse Bridge, King’s Staith, Tower Gardens, River Foss and Merchant Adventurer’s Hall.
Make a splash and join our York Water Walk, as we take a riverside stroll through York’s watery history to explore how ice, rivers and the sea have shaped the city, and explain how you can use a river to bridge a river. You’ll also meet the teetotaller who discovered beer was better than water, learn why you shouldn’t hunt sea-unicorns, and find out who the patron saint of hydrophobia is.
We’ll start by dipping our toes into the Yorkshire Museum’s Jurassic seas, before dissolving through the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and washing up on the shore of the River Ouse. Promenading along the waterfront to a steam-powered tower, we’ll meander across York’s historic bridges, down the King’s Staith, and into the Castle Mills, before navigating the Foss to meet its lead-smiths, fishmongers, and adventurous merchants.
The York Water Walk takes place on Thursdays at 2pm 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: Next to the Yorkshire Museum sign in York Museum Gardens.
Address: Museum Gardens, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7DS.
Grid reference: SE 5997 5210.
Latitude / Longitude (decimal): 53.961521, -1.0874923.
Latitude / Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds): 53°57′41″N, 001°05′15″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 Water Walk is strictly limited to 30 people per tour.