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Our Vision

York Greenways exists to protect and  enhance the ecology of the accessible traffic-free routes from York into the surrounding countryside. Our vision is a network of  green corridors leading to places of interest or refreshment, encouraging York’s residents and visitors to explore and value the biodiversity and heritage in and around the city.

What We Do

York Greenways is active on traffic free routes owned by Sustrans, York City Council and private landowners. We work in partnership with them and with other organisations such as Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, St Nicks Nature Reserve, Brunswick Organic Nursery, York Cares and other community and environmental groups. We …


  • Protect the green corridors and increase biodiversity by managing the verges, seeding and planting wildflowers and controlling invasive species
  • Create habitats for wild animals, birds and insects
  • Provide benches, picnic areas and viewing points for visitors
  • Provide information through a website, social media and information boards along the way
  • Raise awareness of the origins & heritage of the greenways

The Solar System Greenway

Once the East Coast main line to Scotland, this path now belongs to Sustrans and was the first 10 Kilometres of their National Cycle Network. There’s lots to see and do along the solar system model. The track is a wonderful nature reserve with many different species of trees along the way, and an abundance of wild life to see and hear.

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