This cycle route, which is Stage 8 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of
Yorkshire, is from the centre of York, north west to the C18th
National Trust property, Beningbrough Hall. It's on paths and quiet
roads, there are views Ouse, and the destination is interesting and
has more than one option for coffee and cakes.
The distance is 9 miles (and you'd normally do it 'there and back',
so a total of 18 miles).
This video shows the route in just over 2 minutes:
York to Beningbrough cycle route: route notes
York to Beningbrough cycle route: the start in York
From York railway station (where you may start the route if you're
bringing a bike on the train, or hiring a bike on arrival Cycle
Heaven), you turn left on Station Road, which becomes Station
Avenue. Continue to the river Ouse via Tanner's Moat. Then, the
route is on the left hand side of the river as far as Scarborough
Scarborough Bridge, York
You have to get across the river on Scarborough Bridge.
Unfortunately, there is no ramp to cycle up onto the bridge, just
the dreaded 'cyclists dismount' sign. You have to get your bike up
the stairs, then down the other side.
If you don't want to lump your bike up and over Scarborough Bridge,
an alternative would be to ride across Lendal Bridge, then turn
sharp left back on yourself, down a little cobbled street to the
river. Follow Dame Judi Dench Walk along the river bank. The path is
narrow until Lendal Bridge Landing, so you may have to wheel your
bike. The paving isn't smooth until Scarborough Bridge.
York to Beningbrough cycle route: from Scarborough Bridge to
From Scarborough Bridge, you're on a shared use path by the river,
called Joseph Rowntree Walk. Naturally, it is at its busiest near
the city centre, with quite a lot of dog walkers. It gets quieter as
you leave York behind.
You go under the road (Water End) by Clifton Bridge, close to
York's Youth Hostel. Next, there's a short wooded section, then you
go over a little embankment, and the path continues through a grassy
area called Clifton Ings.
The path passes Rawcliffe Bar Country Park on the right, with
Rawcliffe Ings water meadow on the left, then it goes under the
A1237 Ring Road. Shortly after going under the Ring Road, you arrive
at a junction with a decorative 'York' sign, where you go left on a
road that passes in front of a row of terraced houses.
Decorative York sign between Rawcliffe and Skelton
Continue on a path by the river.
There's a bench that incorporates old farm machinery.
The path goes over a little bridge.
The path ends where it meets Stripe Lane, near Skelton. For a
shortened version of the ride, the Sustrans leaflet suggests turning
right to Skelton, where the garden centre has a café. Otherwise,
turn left on this quiet road, and go under the railway.
You reach the small village of Overton, which gives every
appearance of being an idyllic place to live.
York to Beningbrough cycle route: Overton to Beningbrough Hall
Immediately after Overton, there are views of open fields, then the
road runs between high hedges. You'll encounter very little traffic.
There's a bridge over the railway track, and you can see a sign that
says 'Edinburgh 200 miles'. Unless that inspires you to head for
Scotland, keep going to a junction near the A19.
Keep left at the junction, away from the
A19. There's now significantly more traffic, some of it travelling
fast. You pass The
Sidings, which offers accommodation in old railway carriages,
and has a restaurant and café (tea and coffee all day).
The Sidings hotel and restaurant
The road leads to the western edge of
Shipton-by-Beningbrough. Here, the route is left, over the railway
again, on Shipton Low Road. There's still a fair bit of fast-moving
traffic. When you turn left on Beningbrough Lane, it's quiet once
When you reach the junction shown in the photo above, Beningbrough
(the village) is to the left, but for Beningbrough (the Hall), go
straight on to reach the entrance gate.
As you ride through the grounds, there's a farm shop and café on
the left hand side, with cycle parking, and - in summer at least - a
little kiosk called the Shepherd Hut, which sells tea, coffee, cake,
and ice cream.
If you continue a little further, you come to a left turn up to the
main hall. The cycle parking is in the car park, right by the
entrance to Beningbrough Hall. If you've cycled here, you're
entitled to go in for half an hour for free, and get a free cup of
tea when you buy a biscuit or snack. Brilliant! (The National Trust
staff at the entrance were very helpful when I was there - thank
Walled garden café at Beningbrough
York to Beningbrough cycle route: comments and suggestions
I found this to be a great cycle route. The only inconvenient part
is getting over Scarborough Bridge, in York, but it seems that this
is going to be put right with a remodelled bridge.
Have you ridden this route? Do you have any comments on or
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Hall is about 2 miles from Shipton-by-Beningbrough. It's a
stately home, which was built by John Bourchier in 1716 in an
Italian Baroque style, inspired by his European Grand Tour. It was
occupied by the Royal Air Force during World War II, then the
Royal Canadian Air Force.
Now it is owned by the National Trust. It displays paintings on
loan from the National Portrait Gallery.
There are extensive grounds, with a ha-ha (sunken wall) to prevent
livestock from entering the gardens. Those gardens are beautifully
cared for and highly colourful. There's a café restaurant in them,
called the Walled Garden.