Long MarstonYork

Lonyor two
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By Yorkie Christine on 22 Apr 2022


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I have created Lonyor two as a more direct route between the two settlements, using the relatively new bridleway/cycle route that passes Harewood Whin, the former landfill site which is being beautifully reclaimed as a nature paradise.

For 250m at the east end of Rufforth village this route uses a permissive path which is closed for one day on 1 July each year.

Lonyor two also has the advantage of using an underpass under the busy A1237 ring road rather than crossing it on the level.

The proportion of the route through suburban streets is greater than in Lonyor one - about a third of the route

I have created Lonyor two as a more direct route between the two settlements, using the relatively new bridleway/cycle route that passes Harewood Whin, the former landfill site which is being beautifully reclaimed as a nature paradise.

For 250m at the east end of Rufforth village this route uses a permissive path which is closed for one day on 1 July each year.

Lonyor two also has the advantage of using an underpass under the busy A1237 ring road rather than crossing it on the level.

The proportion of the route through suburban streets is greater than in Lonyor one - about a third of the route

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Long Marston
Grid Ref SE5019751131
Lat / Lon 53.95386° / -1.23657°
Easting / Northing 450,197E / 451,131N
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York
Grid Ref SE5965051750
Lat / Lon 53.95843° / -1.09242°
Easting / Northing 459,650E / 451,750N
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Douglas Kell

04 Sep 2023 Summer

Used the route for a pacy run, nice and flat and mainly on paths so this worked really well. Managed the whole route in just over an hour, walking back in about 2.5 hours. Would use it again. Only issue from a run point of view was the number of gates to have to deal with over the fields, but all that did was slow the pace.


Rob Orr

30 Aug 2023 Summer

Easy walk, all paths were safe with no access issues.

I don’t think this was the quickest route back to the centre of York, but it was a good one. The detour into the woods in Acomb takes longer, but gives you the peace away from the main roads.


Chloe Aldous

23 Aug 2023 Summer

Really good walk, super easy. Very scenic, lots of wildlife.
Would really recommend the route. No issues as all with this. The access is easy, if there are a few of you be prepared for skinny pathways near the fields.


Duncan Woodhall

23 Jun 2023 Summer

I did this route on 21st June 2023 on a lovely sunny day, following 2 weeks of warm weather with little rain. I combined it with TadLon to make a longer route between Tadcaster and York.

The first part of the route from Long Marston to Rufforth is not very accessible, but the rest of the route from Rufforth to York is on tarmac surfaces.

The route starts in Long Marston and follows the road through the village and past the church, before turning off through the Hutton Wandesley Estate towards Rufforth. This section follows wide, firm tracks initially but closer to Rufforth the path becomes narrower and harder going, with tall grass slowing progress. It's fairly short though, and the route soon emerges in Rufforth after passing through a few gates.

I stopped in Rufforth to pick up supplies from the The Old School. This is a really nice shop and café with friendly staff. I avoided the temptation of a bacon sandwich though, and pressed on towards York.

The route from Rufforth to Knapton on the outskirts of York was a real gem. The route has a tarmac surface all the way, and is fairly flat. It passes Harewood Whin, a former landfill site that has been planted with trees and wildflowers, which the insects and birds were making the most of. The route uses an underpass to cross the York ring road, so avoids a potentially dangerous road crossing.

From Knapton, the route follows quiet residential streets through Acomb and towards the centre of York, with a brief and very pleasant stretch through Fishponds Wood. The last part of the route follows the mixed use pedestrian/cycleway alongside the River Ouse towards York, and then finishes at York Station via the zig zag path, or steps up to the upgraded Scarborough bridge.

Overall, I think this was a lovely walk, with a pleasant route, and some nice wildlife.

The route was very easy to follow; the gpx file was accurate, and the route was fairly obvious to follow.

The best places to stop for food or drinks would be Rufforth, or there's plenty of places in York. The pub in Long Marston is currently closed at time of writing, so bear that in mind if you're walking it in the opposite direction from York.


Yorkie Christine

24 Jun 2022 (edited 14 Mar 2024) Summer

Starting at the bus stop in Long Marston, I walked to York via Lonyor two on a hot sunny day in June and was therefore very glad of the stretches of shade this route provides!

Traversing farmland, three delightful rural villages and the suburban streets of Acomb, the route resembles an old "steeplechase" or "point-to-point" as the towers and spires of Long Marston, Rufforth and Acomb parish churches form the most prominent landmarks. Other points of interest include passing under the flight path of Rufforth airfield, the artificial hill at Harewood Whin nature reserve (formerly landfill site), York's new community woodland, Fishponds Wood nature reserve in Acomb, and a panoramic view of York's railway heritage.

The route follows the same route as Lonyor one as far as Rufforth village, using a country lane, a farm track and then field edge footpaths. Due to a long period of dry weather the paths were bone dry but previous experience (see my review of Lonyor one) shows they can be very muddy and slippy.

Long Marston to Rufforth is the only stretch on the route where there may be access difficulties for wheelers due to narrow access round a locked gate and then narrow field edge paths which at the time of walking were crowded with crops and overgrown vegetation respectively. All these potential hazards are pictured in the photos.

Between Rufforth and York the route is entirely step-free and accessible to wheelers.

Once in Rufforth, turn left off the village street into Milestone Avenue to join the (fairly new) permissive path which avoids the road walking that would otherwise be necessary at the eastern end of the village. Be aware that this permissive path is closed one day (a different day!) each year to maintain its status as permissive path rather than right of way.

At the end of the permissive path, Lonyor two joins the relatively new public bridleway and cycle track that winds around and over Harewood Whin, formerly York's landfill site and now reclaimed for nature and beginning to flourish with wildflowers and young trees. Two well-placed benches along this stretch, one with a view looking back over Rufforth, provide welcome rest.

As the route reaches York ring road, York's nascent community woodland is passed on the right before the route ducks under the ring road through a useful underpass.

After passing through the village of Knapton, the route meanders through the suburban streets of Acomb, dipping left into Fishponds Wood with its mature beech trees. The dirt paths through here are level but wheelers can stay on the parallel street instead if they prefer.

There is an impressive panorama from Water End bridge looking over the old York railway yard (a shadow of its former self) with the towers of York Minster in the distance. The final stretch of the route is along the riverside path, which is accessible in all but the worst flooding conditions.


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