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Esplanade / Dame Judi Dench Walk

The Esplanade was constructed in 1842 to reduce flooding in Museum Gardens and provide a pleasant riverside walk. It was re-named Dame Judi Dench Walk in 2000.

It forms part of a circular walking route between Lendal Bridge and Scarborough Rail Bridge.

The route follows West Esplanade on the west side of the River Ouse (near York Railway Station) and the Esplanade / Dame Judi Dench Walk on the east side of the River Ouse (near Museum Gardens). However, please note that this entire walking route lies within the functional flood plain of the river and that it may be completely inaccessible when the river is in flood (see Images B1 and B2 below) and for the duration of post-flood clean-up works.

Please also note that, for safety reasons, the Esplanade is closed for approximately four hours on the mornings of Royal Gun salutes (see Image A4 and the 'Practical Information' section below).

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Esplanade / Dame Judi Dench Walk
York

 
Coordinates
Latitude: 53.960790000000
Longitude: -1.089090000000

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Scarborough Rail Bridge includes a footbridge.

Royal Gun salutes normally take place five times per year on:

  • February 6th (Accession Day),
  • April 21st (the actual birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II),
  • June 2nd (Coronation Day),
  • June 10th (the birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh) and
  • June 14th (the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II).