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Micklegate Stray (The Knavesmire) - Parks and open spaces directory


Micklegate Stray (The Knavesmire)
Bracken Road
YO23 1EX


This is the largest and best known of York's historic strays. Micklegate Stray is made up of distinct areas: Scarcroft Green, Scarcroft allotments, Hospital Fields allotments and Hob Moor allotments, Hob Moor, Little Hob Moor and the Knavesmire, home to the city's famous racecourse, and the Little Knavesmire.


This site has the following facilities. See the webpages for more information.


Micklegate Stray holds an events licence under the Licensing Act 2003. See holding an event in York for more information or contact


Open access, except to the racecourse. The paths are informal.

Travel and parking


Buses run frequently from the city centre to Blossom Street, The Mount or Pulleyn Drive.

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

By bike

There is a signposted cycle route from the Millennium Bridge to Micklegate Stray. A cycle path around the south of the Knavesmire leads via York College to Sustrans Route 65 to Selby. There are also cycle paths to Acomb and Woodthorpe.


The nearest council car park is Nunnery Lane car park (approximately 15-minutes away, on foot).

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