Walk: Naburn Locks

in York

Explore the wonderful Naburn Locks on the River Ouse. On this short walk you can explore the interesting heritage and wildlife around the locks.

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Walk Description

Found just to the south of York city centre, Naburn Locks is a perfect place for a stroll. The historic locks, the first of which was built in 1757, were incredibly important for trade in and out of York. Around the locks you can see lots of interesting heritage, from the grand banqueting hall to the former navigation offices and workshops, complete with its own blacksmith’s forge.

Walking around the lock island you will see wooden carvings and information boards about the site as well as a beautiful sensory garden, where you can sit and look out over the river Ouse. The island is also home to the Tansy beetle, which is only found on the banks of the river Ouse and the East Anglia fens. Crossing back over the lock and walking along the path to the north you will see the lock keeper’s cottage and can enjoy the riverside views.

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