Walking & Cycling
iTravel have lots of Ideas for Walking More. These include a selection of Walking Maps. Have a look for the beautifully designed guides to Exploring York. These walks range from one to nine miles and start and finish close to bus stops.
And if you're looking to get into nature there's also a booklet of Wildlife Sites Around York, which features over thirty woods, fens, marshes, ings, commons and strays to discover.
Walking for Health
'Walking for Health' is a national programme which aims to get people walking more through regular group walks, led by trained volunteer leaders.
Walking is a great way to build physical activity into everyday life, whilst enjoying natural surroundings in a sociable setting. For more information, visit the Walking for Health website.
Health Walks Scheme
The York Health Walks scheme provides 14 free group walks of different lengths from 12 different locations across the city of York.
For more information about:
- The walks, what to wear, who are they for, how long are the walks
- How to become a walk leader
- What the benefits of walking are
- Download the York Health Walks brochure
Please visit the York Health Walks website.
Walking is a simple way to travel within the city and increases mobility, mental health and allows for regular exercise.
Move the Masses
Move the Masses is a local charity in York who aim to improve people's wellbeing through exercise. They run two schemes, Move Mates and Wellbeing Walks.
Move Mates is a 1:1 walking buddy scheme within the city. It helps to make going for a walk a reality for people who would otherwise find it difficult to leave their home on their own. Its aim is to help those who are currently inactive and who want to build confidence and improve their physical and mental health through walking.
Wellbeing Walks take place in local areas around York, introducing people to local parks and nature reserves. They are short, accessibl1e group walks for anyone who doesn’t want to walk too far or too fast. The group walks are a great opportunity to get some fresh air, get moving and all with some good, friendly company.
Whether you are cycling to work, school or just for leisure, getting around York by bike is easy.
York’s extensive network of off-road cycle paths and on-road cycle lanes offers great access into and around the city.
Cycling is proven to be one of the quickest forms of transport for short urban trips. It’s also a great way to maintain an active lifestyle. It’s fast, fun and reliable and is open to all ages and most abilities.
CYC Sustainable Transport Team can provide Cycle Route maps, and route planning advice is available.
The iTravel York team also offer 1:1 Urban Cycle Skills sessions to those who might lack confidence cycling on the road. The sessions which are led by an trained urban cycling trainer show you how you can cycle safely and more confidently on the road. Further information can be found on the Urban Cycling part of the iTravel York site.
Electric bikes are rapidly growing in popularity with over 36 million now being sold worldwide each year. iTravel York have produced a useful leaflet which covers the types of electric bike available and provides a range of reasons why one might be for you. To download the leaflet and find further information visit iTravel York.
E-Cycle Switch - Free trial
The iTravel team are working with York’s bike shops to enable you to experience life with an e-cycle for one week, for FREE.
How does it work?
Sign up for your free e-cycle trial. Your chosen bike shop will then be in touch to make sure the e-cycle is just right for you and arrange your collection date.
Collect the e-cycle from your chosen bike shop and try it out for free for one week (or up to 28 days if you’re a job seeker - subject to availability).
There is no obligation to buy an e-cycle, however, after your trial is complete you’ll be entitled to a £300* discount on a new e-cycle from our participating retailers.
*Some residents may be eligible for a larger discount. See terms and conditions for more information.
E-Scooters and Electric Bikes
The newest available option within York is the electric scooter (e-scooters) and electric bikes (e-bikes).
The city is undergoing a year long trial of e-scooters and e-bikes. The scooters provided by the company TIER will provide a green and COVID safe for transport for getting around the city.
The TIER e-scooters and e-bikes come with an integrated helmet, the largest front wheel in the market, wider foot plate dual suspension, double kick standard dual drum brakes for stable riding on uneven surfaces
Start Cycling Sessions – York Bike Belles
York Bike Belles offer free advice, bike loans, confidence training and support – over cake. “Cake Confidence” start cycling sessions take place on the last Saturday of every month at Cycle Heaven. The free, fun and tasty scheme supports people at all stages of life to start, or return to, cycling.
Inclusive and adapted bikes
‘all kinds of cycles for all kinds of people’ The local experts and best place to start for info and advise is Get Cycling CIC Home - Get Cycling - Inclusive Cycles and Services