An easy riverside walk on the outskirts of York, which passes through two nationally important wildlife sites; Fulford Ings and Naburn Marsh, before reaching The Designer Outlet shopping centre.
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- Start Point: Millenium Bridge, York
- Finish Point: The Designer Outlet, York
- Distance: 3 Miles
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The walk starts from the east side of the Millennium Bridge, just a short distance from York City Centre. Tawny owls are often heard calling in this area. Heading south the walk passes meadows enriched with a variety of colourful flowers. On the left, trails running through Danesmead Wood are worth exploring. Continuing south a surfaced track passes the old St Oswald’s Church, now a private residence.
A rough track straight ahead leads into Fulford Ings, a nationally important wildlife site, great for birds, wetland plants and the occasional deer. The riverside is home to the nationally scarce tansy beetle, an iridescent green insect found only around York and in Cambridgeshire.
Following the river leads to Naburn Marsh which has an abundance of bright purple meadow cranesbill in Summer and also gives walkers a great view of Bishopthorpe Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of York. The path then turns left and leads to The Designer Outlet, a great place for shopping, refreshments or a bus back to York City Centre (Bus 7).