Snickets, Ginnels and Walls of York

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This walk begins on the ancient walls of one of England's most historic cities. The walled fortifications dating from 1200 almost entirely circle the inner city. The path travels on the top of these fortifications, providing splendid views into the city and beyond. The walls themselves are worth the journey, but at every opportunity the chance is taken to explore the interlaced streets found in the city.

The first drop off the walls takes you across the mighty River Ouse; from this point you can take boat trips if you wish. Past the theatre and art gallery and back onto the walls again takes you near the minster, a must for exploring. Associated with the minster are the gardens, the Treasurer's House (NT) and St William's College.

Again we drop down from the walls and head into the city. The route takes you through the Shambles, where the mediaeval houses are so close that you can touch the other side of the street from the window, through Petergate, Parliament Square and twisting through a myriad of snickets, ginnels and passageways to get the feel for this mediaeval city. You pass close to the Jorvik Centre, a Viking museum with a journey through time and Barley Hall, a mediaeval banqueting hall.

Once through the city, the route takes you along the riverside for a short way until crossing by the next road-bridge. When you get to the crossing point, if you still have the energy, you can go straight on and carry on down the river for as long as you wish. You can't cross the river again however, so you will need to retrace your steps. Having crossed the river, the walls are again mounted for the final time, taking you back to the car park.   

England - North England - Yorkshire - Town or city


Castle, Church, Great Views, Museum, National Trust, Pub, River, Stately Home, Toilets
25/08/2013 - Sharon Hooper

At Waypoint 19 note that Minster Gates is a street just before the Roman column. We walked down to the gates of the minster which is incorrect.

28/10/2007 - Colin Forrest

Great walk - well thought out and enjoyable combination of quiet peaceful parts of York and the hustle and bustle of the centre. Between points 24 and 25 you can extend the walk along the river until the stunning foot bridge(approx map ref 603503) and return on the opposite side to join the city walls again back to the car park. See:

21/06/2005 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

Did this on a recent short break, visiting York. Not knowing the city it was a very good way of guiding us round all the sites and pleasant walking along the city walls.

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