York, England

See also our running guide for nearby Leeds


York is a cathedral city with Roman origins at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. There are some lovely places for running in York, anchored by paths along the River Ourse and a large number of parks and preserves for a relatively small city.

A neat running experience in York is the 3-mile loop around the ancient city walls City Walls path, with additional sites to explore. For the River Ourse, we’ve mapped a central loop, as well as the paths headed north as far as Beningbrough Hall, whose grounds are also worth exploring on foot. Two other great places to run in York are our parks & moors tour, and in east York, the campus of the University of York and adjacent parks & preserves.

For getting around, public transport in York is mainly bus based. Runners should also note that York’s winters can be damp and generally overcast. Bring appropriate clothing!

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