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Rawcliffe Bar Country Park - Parks and open spaces directory


Rawcliffe Bar Country Park
Rawcliffe and Clifton Without
YO30 5RR


We planted 2,000 trees and 1,500 woodland shrubs when the country park was first established.

We're still developing woodland including willow, birch, pine, oak and ash trees. Hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose shrubs give nesting cover and food for a range of birds.

Rawcliffe Bar Country Park has been awarded a Green Flag Award each year since 2009. Sites with Green Flag Awards are considered to be the best in the country.

The Country Park Office can be booked for special events and activity days (including for school parties) - for further details,  telephone: 01904 553676 or email:

  • Country Park office/classroom
  • children's play area
  • toilets at Park and Ride

Climbing boulder

The climbing boulder is open for use by the public all day, every day and is free of charge. It is 3m high with more than 60 square metres of climbing features. The climbing boulder is suitable for children aged 3 years of age to adults and no experience or equipment is required. It can be enjoyed by novices and more experienced climbers as it has numerous routes up and across the rock face.

Pump bike track

The bike track is open for use and includes a series of exciting and challenging jumps, banks and turns that will be fun for all levels of off-road bike enthusiasts. There are two roughly circular tracks; a 70 metre inner track and an easier 140 metre outer track. Paths allow movement between the two routes and the rest of the area.


Open access.

Travel and parking


Park and Ride buses to Rawcliffe Bar leave from Museum Street, outside the entrance of the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, and run frequently throughout the day.

For up-to-date information about local bus routes see the iTravel York website.

By bike

National Cycle Route 65 runs past Rawcliffe Bar Country Park through to the city centre.


There are no council pay and display car parks close to this location.

Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride site is adjacent to the country park, but overnight parking is not permitted and the gates to the car park are normally locked at 11.05pm (6.30pm on Sundays).

You can also use available on-street parking in the surrounding streets, showing consideration for local residents.