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Walmgate Stray - Parks and open spaces directory


Walmgate Stray
Heslington Lane


Walmgate Stray, commonly known as Low Moor, is managed by City of York Council in consultation with Freemen of the City.

Walmgate Stray is a remnant of York's historic landscape. It covers the marshy area of Low Moor and two sections either side of The Retreat.

Low Moor is criss-crossed by informal paths, and in winter the going is often wet and muddy. It is, however, worth putting on your boots for a walk which will give you the sense of getting away from the city and meeting the cattle which graze this area for part of the year.

There is a surfaced shared use footpath which runs between York University and the A19 which leads to Millennium Bridge


Open access.

Travel and parking


Buses run frequently from the city centre to Heslington Road or University Road.

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


There is a pay and display car park on the University campus.

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

Managed by
City of York Council