York Family Walks: Rowntree History Trail

York Family Walks: Rowntree History Trail

A black and white photo of a group of women in bathing costumes and caps smiling and laughing

Girls enjoying The Rowntree & Co. swimming gala at Yearsley Swimming Baths in York, 1928 (Image: The Rowntree Society)


We are working with the Workers Educational Association (WEA) to develop a new historical walking trail for people of all ages exploring histories of sport, health and wellbeing promoted by the Rowntree Company in the city of York.

The trail is part of ‘Families Get Active York’, a 3-year project funded by the WEA and Sport England. It aims to create an engaging environment for families from all backgrounds to enjoy physical activity in low-cost, accessible ways.

The history trail focuses on the heritage buildings, sports facilities and green spaces along the Haxby Road, close to the site of the Rowntree factory, including Yearsley Swimming Baths, the Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library, the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, and New Earswick.

You can find out more about the background to the project in this introductory video:


Walking Trail PDF

The walking trail is now available to download in PDF format from the WEA website: DOWNLOAD WALK

Walking Trail Mobile App
We’ll also be launching a new mobile app for the walk on the izi platform, featuring archival photographs and video content. The app also includes sound clips with memories from people who worked at the Rowntree factory gathered as part of our York Remembers Rowntree project. 

To receive an update when the app is launched, you can sign up to The Rowntree Society’s newsletter here.

Events in Autumn 2021

The WEA is running a programme of free events for people of all ages in York across September and October to accompany the launch of the new walking trail.

Write your own Family Poetry, with published writer, John I. Clarke

18 September 2021, 10am-11am; Acomb Library, Front Street Acomb.

Learn how to access York Family Walks on your Smartphone or Tablet and Feel more Confident with your Device

29 September, 10am-12.30pm; New Earswick Folk Hall. In partnership with York Cares. (Spaces limited).

Learn Smartphone Photography with your Family in a Beautiful Natural Setting

16 October, 10am-12.30pm; New Earswick Nature Reserve (off Alder Way), New Earswick.

Share your Rowntree Stories through Photography

25 October, 10am-12.30pm; New Earswick Folk Hall. Explore smartphone photography with your grandparents or carers. Bring your own smartphone or tablet and learn how to improve your photography with Trevor.

Bushcraft and Willow Weaving Sessions with Melanie

Ongoing. In partnership with New Earswick Nature Reserve, New Earswick. Email rrowan@wea.org.uk to register your interest or to set up Family bushcraft in your local green space.

More Info
There’s more information on the project, including the chance to win free sports vouchers, on the WEA website here.
Support Us

We are a small charity and rely on the generosity of our friends and supporters to run projects. Please join us in expanding this work by making a financial donation. It is easy to pay online (with or without Gift Aid) by clicking the link below, or you can get in touch with us about other ways of giving via  info@rowntreesociety.org.uk