Think of European cities steeped in heritage and culture, and too many of our minds jump straight to places abroad like Rome, Paris and Bruges. There is no need to travel so far though, as Britain is home to plenty of cities brimming with interesting architecture, culture, folklore and history. If you want to take a break from walking in the countryside mud, simply fancy trying something a little different, or want to expand your mind with some home-grown heritage and culture, then look no further than iFootpath’s city trails…
There are plenty of cities that deserve your attention across the UK, but sometimes it is hard to know how to select one and where to start with your exploration once you arrive. Here at iFootpath, we have put together a number of city trails that allow you to discover some of the best bits on foot. You will be taken to some famous landmarks, such as Kings College Cambridge and Salisbury Cathedral, as well as some lesser-known gems like the secret sandstone tunnel in Nottingham, Exeter’s pedestrian ferry and Manchester’s old wharf.
Don’t take our word for it, here’s some of the things walkers have had to say about our city trails…
“Loved discovering secrets in Nottingham. Blown away by the tunnel at the start of the walk. Lived here 48 years and never knew this existed!”
Penarth and Cardiff Barrage and Bay: A fascinating 7 mile circular walk from Victorian Penarth in Glamorgan, with views over its pier and heritage coast all the way around Cardiff Bay. The walk goes around Penarth Marina, then over the River Ely, past the international pool and across the River Taff to Cardiff Bay. Once docklands, the bay is now a huge leisure lagoon. The route leads you past the Millennium Centre (the Welsh opera house with its glowing copper roof), the old ornate pierhead buildings and the Welsh Senedd or parliament building. Continuing, you will follow a lovely walkway lined with sculptures and a pretty Norwegian church, passing the Doctor Who Experience with its TARDIS over the water and along the barrage with beautiful views over the Bristol Channel and Flatholm and Steepholm islands. For the final stretch you will head over the barrage locks and bridges, with its rushing waters, swing bridges and fish ladder before heading back to Penarth.
Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk: A 2 mile circular walk around the city of York in North Yorkshire. The walk takes place in the spookily good bits of historic York, where the highwayman Dick Turpin was rumoured to walk with his dog Little Nell. It is rumoured that the highway man and his little dog had many adventures in and around York. The following walk attempts to give you a glimpse of the old York that Dick and Little Nell might have inhabited. Of course, the story here is fictitious but it gives a fun slant on this city trail.
Nottingham’s Hidden Treasures: A 3 mile linear walk through Nottingham city centre discovering some of the hidden treasures within the city. This walk is one of the Nottingham Walks By Bus series, created to allow walkers to access some of Nottingham’s best walking routes via Nottingham City Transport bus routes. The walking route explores the city streets to discover some of the more unusual attractions including a secret tunnel, the old canal and the buildings of the lace district.
The Wharf Manchester City Trail: A 2.5 mile circular pub walk from The Wharf in Castlefield, Manchester. The Wharf is a great city pub with lots of nooks and crannies, open buzzy areas and a really cracking menu. The walking route takes in some of the highlights of Manchester from the old canals and Gothic Revival town hall to the more recent additions such as the Civil Justice Centre.
Chester City Walls: A 2 mile circular stroll around the city walls of Chester in Cheshire. The Grade I listed walls are the best preserved city walls in Britain and encircle the site of the medieval city. A footpath runs along the top of the walls and they are complete except for one small section of about 100 metres. On route you’ll have chance to see Chester’s many attractions including the castle, cathedral and racecourse.
Exeter City Trail: A short walk of 3 miles through the ancient city of Exeter following, in part, the city wall of which 70% is still standing. The walk starts at the popular quayside area and passes by the cathedral and through the spectacular Northernhay Gardens with its many statues and Norman castle.
London River Circular: A 9 mile city centre walk from and to Green Park Underground Station taking in many London landmarks and travelling along the River Thames along the South Bank until Tower Bridge and returning along the North Thames Path.
Cambridge City Trail: A 4 mile circular trail around the university city of Cambridge. You’ll have chance to enjoy many of the famous parks and open spaces including Jesus Green and Parker’s Piece, see the beautiful architecture of many of the famous university colleges and also see the range of bridges that cross over the River Cam throughout the city.
Norwich Bridges and Churches Trail: A 5 mile circular walk around the city of Norwich in Norfolk. The first half of the walk follows the banks of the River Wensum, criss-crossing back and forth via the numerous bridges – the oldest dating back to around 1340 and the newest having only been built in 2012. The return leg takes you through the centre of the ancient city itself, and you’ll have glimpses of the old city walls, the castle and the numerous churches as well as an opportunity for some retail therapy should you wish! The city walk is one of the most varied we know, with a true mix of ancient historical buildings, industrial heritage and modern architecture.
Salisbury Cathedral and Water Meadows: An easy 2 mile circular walk in the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, following in the footsteps of the artist John Constable. The walk starts at Salisbury Cathedral, before passing out through the famous water meadows and the Old Mill then returning through residential streets and over the River Avon back to the cathedral.
28 March 2018
Google Play 2018
Loving this app. Initially had a few glitches but these all went away after a bit of tweaking the settings. I have used the app for 6 walks so far and have discovered lovely local walks that I would have never known about. The walk descriptions and directions have been really accurate. The live map has been helpful in checking that I haven't gone off course.
Newsletter Feedback 2018
Just completed my first walk using the @ifootpathuk app on my phone. A nice walk and we didn't get lost (as I have no sense of direction whatsoever that is high praise!) #hiking #Snowdonia #walking #adventure
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Google Play Review 2018
Super fast help to sort out my problem. Well done and nice friendly reply as well.
Help Centre August 2018
Super fast help to sort out my problem. Well done and nice friendly reply as well.
iOS Appstore November 2017
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!