Getting to the York Rally

How to reach the York Cycle Rally & Festival:

On foot or cycling:

On foot or by bike, go to the Racecourse end of Knavesmire Road. The entrance is now through the gates as seen on this Streetview image. Please follow signs and directions from marshalls.

If arriving from the south along the Selby bike path (Sustrans route 65) you can also cut across the grass directly to the Rally just before the Racecourse stands,  so avoiding a short section of road. Please use the pedestrian ‘bridge’ to cross the horse racing track near the Racecourse stands (you’ll need to dismount, as there are steps at either end):

By train:

The Rally is about 10 minutes by bike or 20 minutes walk from York railway station. The fastest route is this (about 2 km), or leave the station via the ramps at the far end of the short stay car park for a quieter, more scenic route along the river as mapped here (about 5 km). Info on taking your bike on the train can be found here.

By car (satnav to YO23 1EX):

By car/motorhome/caravan, come to the entrance half way along Knavesmire Road (opposite the junction with Knavesmire Crescent). See it on Google Streetview. There’s plenty of room to swing in even with a big caravan. You’ll then be marshalled until you can move onto the site – please just follow directions. Parking is free (but there’ll be a donations bucket!)

Disabled parking: Please just show your blue badge to the marshalls on the gate, and you will be directed right up into the site to the disabled parking. The whole site is level and accessible, in marquees pitched on the grass of the Knavesmire. There are disabled loos on site.


The Rally is held on York’s Knavesmire:

1953: Una and Kathleen Riley on TT on way to York Rally. Kindly provided by Martin Purser of the Tricycle Association.
1953: Una and Kathleen Riley on their tandem trike on the way to the York Rally. Kindly provided by Martin Purser of the Tricycle Association.