York’s Hidden Spaces – Askham Bog Nature Reserve

Join us as we discover hidden green spaces in our blog series

Askham Bog on the south side of York is a haven of dragonflies, fauna and boardwalks!

At Move the Masses HQ we’re always marveling at how many green spaces there are to explore in York – many within walking or cycling distance of the city centre. And that’s not to mention the wonderful countryside we have a little further afield with the Dales and Moors on our doorstep.

For now though, we’re keeping it local and championing some hidden – and not so hidden – green spaces that you may not know exist in this fabulous city. This is the second blog in our series – check out our first blog post here.

Don’t forget to let us know if you visit anywhere new as a result – we always love to hear from you! Likewise, if you have anywhere you think others should know about, please get in touch and we’ll feature it soon: hello@movethemasses.org.uk  

Happy exploring!

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The entrance to Askham Bog nature reserve

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Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (taken from the boardwalk)

How to access Askham Bog Nature Reserve…

Askham Bog is located to the South West of York. It lies just off the A1036 at YO23 2UB. It’s What3Words reference is ///green.banana.jukebox 

It can be reached by foot, bike, bus or car. The nearest bus stop is the park and ride at Askham Bar, which is a 10-15 minute walk away.  There is a car park at Askham Bog.

The nearest toilets are at Askham Bar Park and Ride. The boardwalk path is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. For more information on the accessibility of Askham Bog, please click here to view information from Accessible Nature UK.


What can I do here?

Askham Bog has something to offer whether you are looking for a short, accessible walk or something more challenging. There is a boardwalk path which takes you on a circuit past woodland, pond and bog where numerous flora and fauna can be spotted. The site is well known for its Royal Ferns, Bog Myrtle and abundant birdlife. Askham Bog is also home to rare species of water beetle and roe deer and dragonflies are spotted regularly.

For those who are comfortable on uneven ground (and wearing their wellies!) you are free to walk through the meadow and over to Far Wood, to the south; or Near Wood, to the north. These paths are accessed via stiles, the ground is boggy – please beware of pools and ditches. A great adventure if you’re prepared!

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Marsh Marigold at Askham Bog

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The meadow – leading to Near Wood 

Did you know…

Askham Bog is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. They describe it as a “mosaic of fen, woodland and meadow. Askham Bog is a remarkable survivor of the ancient fenlands of Yorkshire.”,

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The pond (accessed via the boardwalk)


Far Wood 

Askham Bog Nature Reserve is maintained by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Find out more  about its rich history and what it has to offer by clicking here, and don’t forget, if you decide to visit Askham Bog Nature Reserve as a result of this article, please take a snap and let us know!

You can always tag us on @mtmcharity on Instagram, or feel free to drop us an email: hello@movethemasses.org.uk 

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