The stray was part of the ancient Heworth Moor, before it was acquired as stray land for the Freemen of Monk Ward. This is a pleasant, open area of mown grass with a variety of trees giving welcome shade in summer; a good place to kick a ball about or fly a kite.
Travel and parking
Buses run frequently from the city centre to Monk Stray (Elm Park Way) or Stockton Lane.
For up-to-date information about local bus routes see the iTravel York website.
The nearest council car park is East Parade car park (approximately 20-minutes away, on foot).
You can also use available on-street parking in the surrounding streets, showing consideration for local residents.