Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse

Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse

Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse

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Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse

Distance: 3 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours
Level of walk: Easy View Walks Key

Weather Forecast

Acaster Malbis Weather
light intensity shower rain
humidity: 81%
wind: 14m/s W
H 8 • L 8
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Why you should do this walk…

A 3 mile circular walk from the village of Acaster Malbis, near York in North Yorkshire. This riverside walk gives your pooch the opportunity to be off lead on grassy paths and have a swim or paddle in the river. Even though you are close to the city of York, this walk takes you on a tranquil journey past picturesque villages on the riverside and through wide open fields.


Dog friendly?…

The terrain is fairly easy, mostly on wide, flat paths by the river or on the old railway line. You will need to negotiate a flight of steps and there are a few stiles, but these will present no problems to most dogs due to the large gaps under the gates. There is a little bit of walking on a quiet road near the end of the walk. Most of the walk is livestock free, but you will cross one field that sometimes holds cattle.


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  1. Samantha  - 26/02/2013 - 12:09 pm
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    Walked 26.2.13
    Great walk. Lots to see along the river and the field sections were dry. I look forward to doing this walk again on a summer evening, finishing with a drink outside the Ship Inn. We completed the walk in an hour.

    • corina  - 27/02/2013 - 5:18 pm
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      Hi, Izzy and I are looking forward to doing this one in Summer too! Great views over the river from The Ship Inn. Nice little walk to do any time of the year – flooding accepted! 🙂

  2. Nic  - 15/09/2013 - 2:51 pm
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    Lovely walk. Sarah and I and Bob have done it twice now. Just so you’re aware – The Ship is under new management (as of September 2013) and although dogs are welcome in the beer garden, they can no longer go into the bar. Makes this one a summer walk if you want to start or finish with a pint, but still a gorgeous riverside stroll. Anyone know any dog-friendly, real ale serving pubs in the area?

    • admin  - 15/09/2013 - 3:15 pm
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      Hi, thanks for your comments – we just found this out last night too. We have friends in the village who are going to pop in and just check out why the owners have changed their minds. Will keep you posted.

  3. Philippa  - 06/10/2013 - 3:48 pm
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    Just done this walk, its a great sunny October day today and it was a bit warm in places. Brambles are out so there were many opportunities to have a nibble on the way round. If done again I would try the walk in reverse as there would be more opportunities to let the dog off the lead to begin with and tire him out more plus the back section across about 4 fields was a tad boring so we would prefer to finish with the hustle and bustle of the riverside walk. The Ship Inn is still a dog friendly garden, there were about 10 well behaved and controlled dogs there and about as many children 🙂

  4. Ish Herd  - 15/04/2014 - 2:04 pm
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    Just done this lovely walk. Sunny day and easy walking. Just be aware of the beck on the right at point 6. It has steep banks. Both our dogs ended up in it but did manage to scramble up the bank. Will be aware of it next time.
    For 2 people with no sense of direction, the walk description was perfect and we were never in any doubt where to go.
    Loved it.

  5. Emily  - 27/12/2014 - 11:40 am
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    Set out to do this walk today (Boxing Day) we only got as far as the moored boats in Acaster Malbis when our dog was happily splashing around in the river only to get caught on some razor wire ! An emergency vist to the vet, GA, staples and numerous stitches required to put him back together. Not a happy walk for Logie !

    • corina  - 27/12/2014 - 10:39 pm
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      Very sorry to hear that and hope that Logie gets better really soon. I will share on the facebook page – there looks to have been a bit of flooding so the wire may have come from there. We were there today and Izzy had a swim at Acaster Malbis with no problems and we’ve never had a comment like this before. Many thanks for letting us know.

  6. Emily  - 28/12/2014 - 1:49 pm
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    The razor wire is attached to one of the moorings so nothing to do with the flooding unfortunately, quite a few of the moorings have razor wire near/around thier entrances presumably to stop trespassers – this one however is around thier entrance and also in the water which was not visable until he became tangled in it – not that a dog or any other animal would check before the jumped in !
    I’m going to contact the council about having this removed.

  7. Dawn Lilburn  - 25/05/2015 - 3:48 pm
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    We thoroughly enjoyed this walk. The Ship Inn were very welcoming of us and Mckenzie and it made a really nice end to a lovely afternoon!

    • Sarah Nicholson  - 20/06/2015 - 1:25 pm
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      We welcome dogs and their owners in The Ship Inn, both in the garden and in the bar. Water bowls are provided and freshly-cooked food and drink for the humans!

    • Sarah Nicholson  - 20/06/2015 - 1:25 pm
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      We welcome dogs and their owners in The Ship Inn, both in the garden and in the bar. Water bowls are provided and freshly-cooked food and drink for the humans!

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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