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Join us for a guided cycle ride - or make your own way on a self-guided walk or bike ride – and discover the stories behind the Solar System Greenway. Once the East Coast main railway line from London to Edinburgh, the line closed due to the short-lived Selby ‘super-pit’, the most advanced coal mine in Europe.
The Heritage Lottery funded Railway to Greenway project will be hosting a range of installations and activities along the route, illustrating the dramatic changes on local communities over the years. Look out for artwork, music, drama and memories.
Take a picnic or have lunch or refreshments at a café or pub along the route. Stay as long as you like, ride or walk as far as you can, and make your way home when you choose. Join us on a guided bike ride from Millennium Bridge or a guided walk from the Askham Bar Park & Ride, or make your own way to Askham Bar Park & Ride, Bishopthorpe, Naburn or Riccall and create your own route.
Refreshments and lunches are available at Naburn Station, Brunswick Organic Nursery, Naburn Marina or at a variety of pubs in the villages.
Guided cycle ride from 11am to 4pm: Meet at the Millennium Bridge at 11am.
Self-guided walk or cycle ride: Collect your guide from Askham Bar Park & Ride from 11am onwards.
Please note: Booking is required for the guided cycle ride.
York Greenways exists to protect and enhance the ecology of the accessible traffic-free routes from York into the surrounding countryside. Its vision is a network of green corridors leading to places of interest or refreshment, encouraging York’s residents and visitors to explore and value the biodiversity and heritage in and around the city. Find out more about the Railway to Greenway project here.