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Cycle the Solar System

York’s solar system model

York is in the north of England, about half way between London and Edinburgh.  It is well-served by trains, both from north (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle) and south (London, Kings Cross), and on the cross-country service from Manchester airport to Hull. There are also direct trains from major cities such as Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield etc.  All trains will carry bikes but check the conditions as different operators have different policies.

It is also easy to get to York by car, lying to the east of the M1 and A1 along the A64.  The A19 from Middlesbrough to Doncaster passes through York

Of course you could get to the Solar System by bike!  the model lies on the national cycle network route 65

There is an excellent cycle map of York available from the City of York council. The Solar system model is marked in top left-hand corner of square C9.


Find it on Google Maps here.


It should be possible to park a car in Riccall quite easily, but please avoid just outside the last house just before the off-road section starts. Notices there will advise you.

There is a car park at the old Escrick station, right next to the track.

If you’re planning to cycle the whole solar system model from the York end then it may be possible to park down Simbalk Lane, beyond the new buildings of York College.

Or park behind the race course and add a couple more miles off-road across the Knavesmire - follow signs to Selby on Route 65 of the national cycle Network.


Bike Hire:

Bike hire is possible in York from the International youth hostel and some of the bike shops in town.  You can also rent bikes at York Railway Station. Other bike hire places in york can be found here.