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Discover York: The 2018 Best Place to Live in the UK

This weekend saw the announcement of this year’s Sunday Times annual coveted award of Best Place to Live in the UK. The lucky overall winner for 2018 is the city of York. As the Sunday Times explains, this mini metropolis has a rich history and grand ambitions to be one of the best-connected hubs in Europe, with cool cafes, destination restaurants and innovative companies. So why not discover a slice of what York has to offer, with these two iFootpath walks…


york merchant hallEvery year, the Sunday Times publishes its league of best places to live in the UK. This is a much-coveted prize, with the accolade drawing interest from businesses and tourists alike. The process is certainly a thorough one, with analysis of statistics covering everything from education, climate, transport and even broadband speeds. But it’s not just about the numbers, the judges also take into account the culture and feel of the place before arriving at their final decision.

The overall winner this year is the city of York. The Sunday Times explains, “You can’t deny the romantic beauty of York. The period buildings, the meandering river and the iconic Minster have ensured this city a billing in every Best Places list. But it has hitherto been denied the top spot because it has always been a bit, well, old — and we’re not just talking the 2,000 years of history that started with the Romans. No longer. York today is a mini metropolis, with cool cafes, destination restaurants and innovative companies — plus the fastest internet in Britain.”

york minsterIf you fancy making a visit to York to see what all the fuss is about, then why not include one of our two iFootpath walking guides that will help you to discover the city’s best gems:

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. 

knavesmereKnavesmire Circuit

A circular walk of just over 2 miles in Knavesmire, York’s Racecourse in North Yorkshire. York’s Knavesmire is one of the premier horse racing tracks in Europe. On non-race days, the vast grass space inside the racecourse is open for public access. It is a really sociable place for you and your dog as there are usually plenty of dogs to play with and the humans are often willing to chat too. 

18 March 2018

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