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Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse is a 3 mile loop trail located near York, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 190 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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A circular walk from the village of Acaster Malbis, near York in North Yorkshire. This riverside walk gives your pooch the opportunity to be off lead on grassy paths and have a swim or paddle in the river. Even though you are close to the city of York, this walk takes you on a tranquil journey past picturesque villages on the riverside and through wide open fields. The terrain is fairly easy, mostly on wide, flat paths by the river or on the old railway line. You will need to negotiate a flight of steps and there are a few stiles, but these will present no problems to most dogs due to the large gaps under the gates. There is a little bit of walking on a quiet road near the end of the walk. Most of the walk is livestock free, but you will cross one field that sometimes holds cattle. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

Acaster Malbis is located about 5 miles south of York. From York city centre, head south towards Bishopthorpe. From the racecourse on Tadcaster Road, turn left at York College along Silm Balk Lane. Or leave York on Bishopthorpe Road. Once in Bishopthorpe, follow the signs for Acaster Malbis. From the A64, turn off at Copmanthorpe, and head through the village following the signs for Acaster Malbis. Once in the village, look for the signs towards the riverside Ship Inn. The walk starts and finishes outside the Ship Inn. There is limited roadside parking in the village, or the Ship Inn car park '€“ for patrons only. Approximate post code YO23 2UH.

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Sophie Watts
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Danielle Jones
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Lovely walk. Walk through the Caravan site first and finish off by the river like the other comments say. Lovely Pud at the end with outdoor seating.

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Evan Woodworth
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Really easy, flat terrain circular with plenty of opportunities to let the dog off the lead. My only gripe is that the last part of the walk you have to walk a small part on a busy road with lots of blind corners.

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Jess Bell
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Good little circular Easy to follow Go under the bridge and make a right to find the steps up if you don’t know the area Would recommend and will do again - probably ‘in reverse’ to finish coming down the river which was the nicer part

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Chris & Jen
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This is a great trail if you’re looking for a fairly short walk with plenty of ‘off-lead’ time for the dog and a great pub at the end. Well-defined paths that skirt the river Ouse for a good portion at the start ensure this is a really nice easy walk with fantastic views of not just the river but the surrounding countryside. Just be prepared for boat envy!

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Luke Stockton
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Lovely little 5KM around York outskirts, through fields and along the river. Plenty of opportunity to let dogs off their leads and ample poo bins. The car park it starts from us actual a pub car park belonging to the Ship Inn - unless you go early morning like I did I would recommend calling in for a pint after to thank them :)

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Helen Moughan
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Julia Harker
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great, easy walk. One small section on a road, about 50mtrs with no pavement but there are deep grass verges to walk on. Last section is over fields which I would suspect, get muddy after rain. Thoroughly enjoyable walk.

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Alan Travena
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Penny Hutchinson
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A very enjoyable walk, lovely views of all the boats moored by the river. Rather muddy across the fields after months of rain, but do-able in wellies or hiking boots. Easy to follow route. Will try the pub next time!

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Sir wozza
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An ok walk but a bit tough though if you are a begginer but nice sights and good scenery.

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Ailsa Atkinson
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Lovely short walk. Easy paths and good directions. Great for an evening. Pub at the start/end is very welcoming. Note: they don’t serve food Mon or Tues.

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David David
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Enjoyed the walk, did it in dry sunny weather accompanied by my girlfriend & her dog. No issues with any of the stiles (medium sized dog managed to get under them no problem) some of them appear to have been replaced with 'kissing gates' There weren't any animals in the small field adjacent Naburn Swing bridge (which is worth a detour of a few hundred yards to have a walk onto to admire the view of the river) also appeared to be a gated lane at the side of the field for anyone of a nervous disposition as an alternative route. Nice end to the walk in the Ship Inn beer garden.

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Kelly Shepherd
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Decided to do this walk on a nice warm eve. Me and my partner with pup in toe headed off. Lovely walk down the river, seeing all the boats parked up! Great circular route. Lots of land for pup to roam free. Some good photo opportunities. Kid friendly so will be bringing little one next time. Nice to finish off at the Ship Inn for a cold drink! The Chesterherds enjoyed!

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Sarah Wilkinson
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Was a nice walk but was quite a bit of barbed wire at the start which was slightly worrying with a pooch but after that it was excellent. It was muddy though so take proper shoes.

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Adam Perks
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Yaiza González
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Amelia Green
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Jane Beaumont
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Ben Tutty
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Jess Bell
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Becca Lydon
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James Boyton
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Alicia Dixon
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Alan Travena
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Mark Pryke
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