Centenary Way – 1. York to Earswick

The Centenary Way

The first section of the Centenary Way heads out of York and takes you to the village of Earswick on the outskirts of York. After a short walk through the middle of York, the route joins the footpath running alongside the River Foss and stays next to the river all the way to Earswick. The total distance walked is just over 4 miles.

York Minster

The Centenary Way starts outside the South Transept of York Minster. Standing outside the minster and facing away from the building turn left and walk around the Minster. Pass a statue of Emperor Constantine and around to the rear of the Minster. Turn right down Chapter House Street and at the bottom turn right onto Ogleforth.

At the end of Ogleforth turn left, walk under Monk Bar and turn left onto Lord Mayor’s Walk. Cross the road and head left towards the large “Bile Bean” sign. Turn right just before the sign onto Groves Lane passing a large car park on the left. Keep straight, crossing a couple of roads to arrive onto Bowling Green Lane.

Continue straight across Lowther Street and then straight on between the backs of garages and houses, crossing a couple of residential streets. Now on Grove Terrace Lane, walk to the end to arrive at Huntington Road. Turn left and cross the road. The pavement runs along the side of the River Foss. The rest of the walk follows the left-hand side of the river.

After passing underneath an old railway bridge turn right off the pavement to follow the riverside path. Pass under another bridge and then leave the riverside briefly to cross Huntington Road. Rejoin the riverside path passing the gardens of a number of houses on the opposite bank. Walk past a footbridge and keep following the riverside until the path leads out onto Haxby Road. Turn right onto the footpath for a short while and rejoin the riverside path next to an old lock cottage. This is signposted Ebor Way / Foss Way.


The path passes a picnic area on the left and then under the road bridge, and it then becomes a tarmac path running behind some garages. The path then crosses a grass field by the riverside. Continue around this large field to arrive at a lane that leads to Huntington Church.

Turn left onto the lane and walk across the car park to a gate. Continue through the gate onto the riverside path. At a kissing gate enter a large field and follow the path around the edge. Continue to follow the riverside path through a gate at the end of the field. Pass under a road bridge carrying the York Outer Ring Road. Follow the riverside until you reach a footbridge. This is the end of this section of the walk. The next section of the walk (Earswick to Strensall) continues over the river.

If you are only walking this section and want to catch a bus back to York, cross the bridge, walk up the snicket and carry on straight up the street until you get to the main road, there is a bus stop just over the road.

I’m very grateful to the guide “The Centenary Way” written by North Yorkshire County Council which was referenced whilst writing this post.

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Centenary Way York to Earswick

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