Walk: Acomb to Rufforth

in York

This route passes through some very scenic, flower-filled countryside, slightly hilly and with some wonderful views. The walk links Acomb, York with Rufforth.

The Route

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  • Start Point: Acomb, York
  • Finish Point: Rufforth
  • Distance: 4 Miles

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Walk Description

The walk starts on Beckfield Lane, Acomb. If taking the bus alight at Fellbrook Avenue (bus 5a) and then walk straight ahead until reaching Knapton Lane. Turn left at this point and follow the lane passing a small copse on the right. The lane becomes Ten Thorn Lane and has a surfaced footpath that leads into Knapton village. Walk through this small village and look for New Lane Covert (Private Road) on the left. Turn left here and walk straight ahead.

The path leads to a short tunnel which passes under York Outer Ring Road, before turning right. The fields on the left will soon become part of a new 194 acre community woodland. Upon reaching a junction turn left into Moor Lane, a partially surface track and walk straight ahead Look out for bright red poppies in the surrounding fields. Upon reaching a junction continue to walk straight ahead. The path passes Harewood Whin on the left, a former rubbish dump now being returned to nature.

The path then goes uphill leading to an area full of wild flowers and some great scenery. Look out for all kinds of gliders, microlights, gyrocopters and other flying things coming from a nearby airfield. With luck you may also see red kites and buzzards. The path turns the left and eventually leads into Rufforth Village. Refreshments can be found here and bus 412 stopping outside The Old School or the Tankard Inn can be used to return to York City Centre.

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