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.

Forthcoming Events

No events yet scheduled in 2023

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

Our work is enabled by grant funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. If you would like to make a financial donation to further support our work, it is easy to pay online (with or without Gift Aid) by clicking the link below. You can get in touch with us about other ways of giving via info@rowntreesociety.org.uk