Global Campus Programme
Global Campus trips
Join one of our friendly Global Guides on a trip to explore the north of England.
Due to COVID-19, we are going to spend time exploring some of our wonderful city's hidden gems - areas of York that you may not think of visiting otherwise.
As soon as government guidance allows we will start to visit wider Yorkshire and further afield but for now this is your chance to enjoy our beautiful city while keeping safe.
Global Campus Saturday walking trips
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All our Saturday trips are led by our friendly and knowledgeable Global Guides. All visits are free but we do recommend that you bring some money for ice cream!
Each event starts at 10:00am and lasts between 2 and 3 hours. We meet at Holgate reception.
Saturday 19 September
River Ouse and Rowntree’s Park
Join us for a lovely stroll south along the river to Rowntree’s Park, built by the famous Rowntree family in 1921.
We will leave campus and walk for about 40 minutes until we reach Rowntree’s Park, where you will have some free time to sit and enjoy the views, explore the gardens and the lake or buy an ice cream from Two Hoots ice cream boat. We will then walk back to campus along the opposite riverbank. If you are having too good a time to leave you can stay and make your own way home when you are ready!
Saturday 26 September
River Ouse and Homestead Park
Join us for a lovely stroll north along the river to the Homestead Park, a hidden gem just on the edge of the city centre. It is a 30 minute walk from campus to the Homestead Park, where you will have free time to explore the beautiful gardens and floral displays. There is a café for you to enjoy a coffee or an ice cream and plenty of space – why not bring your frisbee? We will then walk back to campus along the opposite riverbank – or you can stay and make your own way home when you are ready!
Saturday 3 October
York City Walls
York’s medieval City Walls circle the city centre and were built mainly in the 13th century and offer splendid views of the city. At 2 miles, they are the longest town walls in England. The walls themselves have many interesting features such as a Roman fortress, an icehouse from 1800, a portcullis and many towers and gates. It will take around 2 hours to complete this circular walk. Bring a drink and snack, or some money to grab a coffee from one of many take-away cafés on the way. And don’t forget your camera.
Saturday 10 October
This week we will explore the River Foss. Although it is smaller and less popular than the Ouse, the Foss runs right behind our campus and offers some lovely walks with clear waters and lots of greenery. Expect to see fish and, if you are very lucky, a heron. We will walk upstream for around 40 minutes, before crossing the river and returning along the opposite bank.
Saturday 17 October
This week’s trip is for serious walkers! We will be walking across the fields just south of the city to the village of Bishopthorpe. You can expect lovely views of the river and Bishopthorpe Palace, where the Archbishop of York still resides. The walk will take around 3 hours in total and there are no facilities along the way, so bring a flask of tea to keep you warm!
Saturday 24 October
St Nicholas Fields
Come and explore 24 acres of unique green space on the site of a former rubbish tip. St Nicks became a Local Nature Reserve in February 2004 and now contains areas of woodland, meadow, grassland and streams. It will take around 30 minutes to walk to St Nicks, where you will have time to explore, look for wildlife and enjoy being in nature. There are no facilities in the reserve, so bring a flask of tea to keep you warm!