My latest route takes in the picturesque village of Bishopthorpe. This is a route quite close to my heart. I grew up in South Bank and I have many fond memories of the area.
Since moving back to York, Bishopthorpe has become one of my firm favourite training routes and I tend to add it into most of my long runs.
The starting point is in Tower Gardens (by the river, opposite Clifford's Tower), you then head off over Skeldergate Bridge and up Bishopthorpe Road.
The route heads through the "Bishy Road" parade of shops and cafes - recently voted the number one Great British High Street in the UK and then out towards the village of Bishopthorpe itself. After running through the village main street, the route heads towards Tadcaster Road before heading directly back into York City Centre. Your journey takes you out of the City on one main road and back in on another so there's little risk of getting lost along the way!
The route is a little more undulating than the others on my site and includes a couple of *hills. It's approximately 10 km so a little more challenging that my central based routes. Don't worry about the distance, there is still plenty to see.
Have a nosey at the gorgeous houses along the way; from the stunning Victorian houses along Bishopthorpe Road, the gorgeous cottages with their bright, cheery gardens in Bishopthorpe village and the grand, elegant Georgian Houses along The Mount.
The route also takes in the old Terry's chocolate factory, the fabulous Bishopthorpe Palace (home to the Archbishop of York), York's "big" knavesmire and York Racecourse before heading back through the centre to Tower Gardens.
I love running this route over the Christmas period as the "Bishy Road" shops put up great Christmas lights and displays and the houses along Bishopthorpe Road and Tadcaster Road usually house the best Christmas trees in their front windows! Please note that if you do choose to run this route in the dark, then the stretch of road along Sim Balk Lane (between Bishopthorpe Village and Tadcaster Road, by York College) is usually unlit.
Check out my photograph gallery (on this website) for other photo opportunities along your run. Feel free to upload and share your photos on the See York Run York Facebook page.
I hope you enjoy the route x
*I use the word hill rather loosely as York is as flat as a pancake and our hills are nothing compared to most other places in the UK!