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Lonyor two
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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 RefSE5019751131
Lat / Lon 53.95386° / -1.23657°
Easting / Northing450,197E / 451,131N
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York
Grid RefSE5965051750
Lat / Lon 53.95843° / -1.09242°
Easting / Northing459,650E / 451,750N
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Review


Yorkie Christine

24 Jun 2022

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 each year on 1 July.

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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