St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

31 May

“Local Food – Past & Present” cycle ride & BBQ

Wed 31 May 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Walnut Tree, Heworth Village, York, YO31 1AN

Chicory is just one of many agricultural goods that the Derwent Valley Light Railway used to bring to York. The plant was used as a coffee substitute during the war and can still be found along the cycle track.

Please note that this ride starts at The Walnut Tree, Heworth Village. Children must be accompanied.

Saddle up for a short cycle ride exploring the theme of local food and ending with a shared dinner at St Nicks Environment Centre. We hope to start in the present by visiting the York Food Assembly – the place to meet local food producers and buy seasonal food – which aims to have launched by then. Unforeseen circumstances have caused delays but either way we will start at the Walnut Tree which will eventually be the Assembly point. Please check the York Food Assembly website several days before the ride to see if it is possible to order some food from there. If not, please bring a dish to share at the end of the ride. There will be vegetarian BBQ options at St Nicks. If you would like to have any meat products, please bring those along.

The ride will set off from the pub at 6:30pm towards the Foss Island cycle route which used to be the Derwent Valley Light Railway. This line only closed in 1981 and used to bring farmers’ goods from the surrounding countryside into York. This included livestock, sugar beet and even helped get Yorkshire grain to whisky distillers in Scotland.

After a couple of information stops along the way, the ride will carry on through St Nicks Nature Reserve whose history (and present) features local food too and will finish with a shared dinner including a BBQ in the garden (weather-permitting). The event is part of Our Beautiful City #walkcyclefestival organised by York Bike Belles who are providing an experienced cycle ride leader.

If you would like to join us for the shared dinner only, please get in touch.

Free entry, donations welcome. Please book ahead using the form below or by calling 01904 411821 – places are limited to ensure safety.

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