Goddards to Treasurers city cycle trail
27 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1 GGRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
This cycle route takes in the historic streets of York, a beautiful riverside route and some of the historic landmarks of this beautiful city. The route is flat with only one or two small dips and humps and goes past the old Terry’s of York chocolate factory and the York Minster.
- Bus stop
Start: Goddards, grid ref: SE589497
From Goddards, turn right onto Tadcaster Road and follow the road down keeping the racecourse on your right hand side At the bottom of the racecourse, turn right onto Knavesmire Road, opposite St George’s Place.
Goddards is the former home of Noel Goddard Terry of the famous chocolate making family, Terry's of York. Why not explore the Arts and Craft style house and the four acres of gardens before you start your walk?
Follow Knavesmire Road along, keeping the racecourse on your right and the road at the end turns left and into Campleshon Road and you can see the old chocolate factory on your right. Follow this road along and at the end of this road you will come to a junction.
The Terry’s chocolate factory stopped production and was closed down in 2005, but remains an iconic building in York. Its clock tower and the main buildings are listed buildings and from 2013 are under development to become a mix of residential and commercial units. Terry’s in its heyday was one of the largest chocolate firms in Europe and the Chocolate Orange and All Gold are still household favourites. The factory moved here in the late 1920s and Goddards (Noel Terry’s family home) where you start your ride was built at the same time.
Go straight across onto Reginald Grove and then take your first left, follow this road down and it turns into Finsbury terrace, at the end of this terrace, turn right and you will see the river in front of you. Go down towards the river and before the bridge, turn left, following the cycle path, keeping the river on your right hand side. Enjoy this path all the way along and eventually the route turns into Skeldergate road.
The cycle path continues down by the River Ouse which runs through the heart of the city. Once used to bring sugar and cocoa up to the factory which once stood on the banks of the river, this waterway is now a haven for wildlife. Look out for kingfishers, fish and dragonflies (dependent on the season and weather) on your way along the riverside.
Keep going along and straight on at the traffic lights onto North Street. Keep going down this quiet street and you will eventually see the big Aviva building on your left and the Bike Rescue project on your right. Here follow the road to the left and at the traffic lights stop. Turn right and go over Lendal Bridge. Be careful here and walk your bikes across the road. Follow the road straight up and you will see the Minster in front of you. Go all the way up to the Minster and then take the path round to the right of the cathedral, keeping in the bike lane.
Riding up towards the Minster before getting to Treasurer’s House is a fantastic experience. The largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, the Minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York – the second highest office of the Church of England. Behind the Minster lies Treasurer’s House which now shows of the collection and house of Frank Green, a local wealthy industrialist.
Follow the road round and you will see the National Trust shop in front of you. Alight here and lock your bikes up in the bike racks and then turn left on foot and you will see signs in front of you to Treasurers House which is just round the corner. Enjoy a cup of tea on arrival and take time to explore the house and gardens.
Discover 2,000 years of history at the Treasurers House and enjoy a well-earned rest with refreshments from local and seasonal ingredients in the historic tea-room.
End: Treasurer's House
- Trail: Cycling
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 3.6 miles (5.8km)
- Time: 20 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 105
This route is pretty flat with only one or two dips and rises which are pretty gentle – so good for the whole family. The route sets off along Tadcaster Road and onto the Knavesmire Road, both of which require road cycling for a few minutes, but other than this, the route itself is along small streets and the riverside route and along marked cycle paths.
- How to get here:
By train: York train station and then use the number 4 bus from opposite the station and alight at the Marriott hotel – Goddards is 2 doors down.
By car: limited parking at Goddards, 27 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York
Toilets, refreshments and information at Treasurers House and Goddards
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