Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Outdoor
This scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles, which is a ratio of 575,872,239 to 1, which makes the speed of light just 1.16 mph: so just for a while you're awesomely fast! Along the route you can find scale models of all the planets in our solar system (and Pluto) as well as models of the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft.
Once a railway line, the track is now part nature reserve with great variations of trees and natural wildlife to be encountered. Between Jupiter and Mars you can visit the Brunswick Organic Nursery staffed by folks with learning difficulties who sell refreshments to cyclists. You can see the Cassini probe from the station by Naburn Swing Bridge, but you'll have to go out beyond the grass maze at Neptune to find the Voyager 1, the first man made object to leave the solar system!
There are also several family friendly pubs not far from the track at differing points so you've got options if you don't want to picnic.
- Picnics Allowed
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
Getting There and Contact Information
Moor Lane, Askham Bar, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1LW, England
Click here to visit Cycle the Solar System's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Free trail access. Cycle hire prices start around £15 per adult bike per day.