TADCASTER, a small, historic town almost midway between York and Leeds, is famous for its breweries and beer. Easily accessible by car from the A1 and M1, Tadcaster is also served by the excellent CoastLiner bus service that runs between Leeds, York and the Coast.

Tadcaster, surrounded by quiet countryside, is steeped in history: romans, railways, country houses, ancient tracks and battle places. And after the walk, visit the many pubs and cafes in the town. Long or short, there is always an enjoyable walk from Tadcaster.

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Walks around Tadcaster

The Walks commence with the short, local ones usually starting at Tadcaster Bridge next to the bus station. There is a small car park at the bus station and a larger one in the centre of the town, off Chapel Street. Car parking in Tadcaster is free. Buses to Tadcaster are every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday.

Our longer walks go further afield. Some of the longer walks are linear and involve catching a bus to the start or from the end. Also, some routes can be shortened by catching a bus for part of the route.

The routes follow public and permissive paths and bridleways, but a small amount of road walking is often unavoidable. If you are not used to walking in the countryside please read the Countryside Code and our Guidance for Walkers.

This website provides a map for each route. These maps can be viewed online or downloaded and printed. We also provide a link to the route drawn on an Ordnance Survey Map. You get the best result if you subscribe to the OS Maps service, which for a very modest annual fee you have full access to OS Maps for the whole country. This is an example: The Old London Road.

Short Walks around Tadcaster

Tadcaster Town Trail
A walk around Tadcaster town centre will show you the best of this historic town. Allow about an hour to complete the trail which is wheelchair friendly except some pavements are rather narrow. Descriptive Panels are positioned in various places in the town. Click to view the map.
Tadcaster Riverside Walk
A short, waymarked walk of about 1½ miles along the banks of the River Wharfe in Tadcaster. Crossing the viaduct involves climbing some steep steps and parts downstream of the bridge may be muddy or covered in water if there is flooding. A pamphlet describing the walk is available from the Town Council Offices at the Ark, Kirkgate. Here is a online version of the Pamphlet.
Short Country Walks
Enjoy a short walk, from 1.5 to 4 miles in length, intended both for visitors and local residents who wish to get to know Tadcaster's local area. Click to see the details of each route.
  • Inholmes Lane and the river bank - two and a half miles
  • The Old Coach Road and Woodhouse Farm - four miles.
  • Stutton and Brant Lane - two miles

Medium length walks

The Ings Amble
A riverside walk along the River Wharfe to a couple of quiet villages: Kirkby Wharfe & Ulleskelf - 6 or 8 miles, and no hills - route details.
The Roman Road
A walk to Newton Kyme via Rudgate- 7 miles, - route details.
Stutton and White Quarry Loop
A medium walk to Stutton Village and the countryside beyond the village - 4 miles, fairly flat, accessible from the Coastliner bus - route details -- Ordnance Survey Map

Longer walks

Tadcaster to the North
A long walk through quiet countryside to the North of Tadcaster - 15 miles, fairly flat, requiring a bus journey - route details.

Public Transport

BY BUS : Tadcaster is served by weekday bus services from 4 directions: Leeds, York, Wetherby and Sherburn-in-Elmet. The main service is the Coastliner service running from Leeds through York and the Coast. During the day, buses run every 30 minutes on this route though only hourly on Sundays. Please note that the ZAP buses from Leeds to York do not serve Tadcaster.

Service 492 runs from Wetherby to Sherburn through Tadcaster, via Boston Spa, Newton Kyme, Stutton, Ulleskelf, Church Fenton and Barkston Ash. There is a bus about every 90 minutes. Service 37 runs up to three times a day from Tadcaster to York through the Ainsty villages north of Tadcaster. Neither of these services run in the evening or on a Sunday.

BY TRAIN : If you are visiting Tadcaster using the train, it is best to use York Station as the Coastliner bus stop is just outside the station. If you travel via Leeds station, the best Coastliner stop is at Leeds Bus Station, about 10 to 15 minutes walk from the railway station.

BY CAR : Tadcaster is just off the A64, a couple of miles from the A1M and the northern end of the M1. Parking is free in Tadcaster. There is a small car park next to the bus station and a larger one in the centre of the town.

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Bus Timetables :
Coastliner : York - Tadcaster - Leeds
Wetherby - Tadcaster - Sherburn : Bus 492
Tadcaster - Ainsty villages - York : Bus 37
A full list of bus services
Train times at York and Leeds


The Gables, Tadcaster
An entire house in a quiet location just a few minutes walk from the centre of Tadcaster: 6 guests, 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bathroom. The owner lives next door and can provide help on walking in the local area. (airbnb.co.uk)

About the Tadcaster WaW Group

Steering Group. "Walkers are Welcome in Tadcaster" is organised by a Steering Group of voluntary members who meet every few months. The Group raise funds from sponsorship and grants in order to cover the cost of publishing the walking routes, this website and publicity. If you have any questions, please contact us by email.

Public Rights of Way. North Yorkshire County Council records public rights of way on a "Definitive Map". This can be seen at the County Hall in Northallerton. A copy is available on-line for information purposes, but this on-line version is not necessarily completely accurate or up-to-date. If you have a Rights of Way issue you should contact the County Council.

The Council also provides an online map which shows Rights of Way, Roads and other infromation. The map takes a few seconds to load. When the map is displayed zoom in to see detail.

The WaW group monitors local Public Footpaths and Bridleways to make sure they are open and accessible.

The "Walkers are Welcome Roundel" at Tadcaster Bus Station.

The Roundel provides information on local walks and details of our competitions. There is a small car park next to the bus station.

Tadcaster Country Walking Club

The Tadcaster Country Walking Club are a local walking group who run a programme of walks in the Yorkshire Area. Walks can range from 5 to 12 miles to provide a wide range of walking experience. For more information including a list of local walks visit the club's website : Tadcaster Country Walking Club.

Tadcaster annd Villages U3A Saturday Walking Group

This Group meets on the first Saturday of every month for a gentle relaxing walk looking at nature and places of interest. To participate make contact through their web page: U3A Saturday Walking Group.

Health Walks

Health Walks are on the first Friday of every month. Walks start from outside the Medical Centre in Crab Garth. Each walk provides an opportunity for a gentle stroll around Tadcaster plus conversation with fellow walkers. Walking improves the mental and physical well-being of thousands of people, reducing the risk of serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The walks are guided by a registered leader and helpers; the routes are short and follow roads and paths around the town centre.

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