Britain's Best Cities (Part 1)

Posted on 10/05/2016

The UK is full of amazing cities and urban walking areas, full of history and hidden gems of culture.

The Telegraph recently chose their 20 best British cities, and here at ViewRanger we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate these cities with our best routes to help you explore these urban wonders.


Newcastle (£) – ranked #20

Difficulty: Very Easy

Length: 2.01 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

Take this walk along the River Tyne and take in the sights of all five bridges linking Newcastle and Gateshead. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take a pit stop for a drink or some food along the way.

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Truro – ranked #19

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 3.78 miles

By Adrian Brothers

Explore the UK’s most southerly mainland city, you can visit its modern cathedral (built in 1910), one of only three in the UK that has a trio of spires. Once you’ve explored all Truro has to offer, it makes an excellent base for visiting the rest of Cornwall.

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Norwich – ranked #18

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 4.08 miles

By Jim Storer

Walk through the historic city centre, taking in the sights of the Castle, Cathedral, and the City Hall. Boasting the first pedestrianised street in the country, Norwich is perfect for an explore on a sunny Sunday afternoon. 

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Canterbury – ranked #17

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 3.91 miles

By Robert Bowie

Take a trip to this ancient city and explore its 11th century Cathedral. This route is an easy walk in the southwest corner of the city, giving you the chance to take in the countryside and the cityscape. 

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Cardiff – ranked #16

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 5 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

An easy walk that gives you the opportunity to take in all of the sights and sounds that Cardiff has to offer. The route takes you past the Millennium Stadium, the Millennium Centre and more, before finishing up at Cardiff Bay, providing ample opportunity for a deserved drink by the waterside.

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Salisbury (£) – ranked #15

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 5 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

Take this picture perfect walk along the River Nadder. You’ll get views of the cathedral and the opportunity to spot plenty of wildlife as you go. There’s a pub at the end so you can take a well-deserved pit stop.

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Liverpool (£) – ranked #14

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 3.44 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

Starting at the Liverpool waterfront, the ‘Three Graces' (the Liver and Cunard buildings and the Dock Board Offices), this walk shows off the changes brought to the city by its stint as European City of Culture and the architecture that has been on display for over two centuries.

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Chichester (£) – ranked #13

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 8.75 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

This route combines the shoreline of Chichester harbour, the boats of the marina and the wildlife of the ship canal in an easy, circular walk that is suitable for all ages. After you’re done, explore the centre of the city built around the old Roman plans from A.D 43.

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Lincoln (£) – ranked #12

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 5.64 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

On this easy loop through one of the oldest cities in Britain you’ll discover the history of what was originally a 50A.D Roman fortress. Starting at the River Witham, walk along the bank to admire the ‘Empowerment’ sculpture that spans the river while taking note of the many places that you can stop for some cake.

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Winchester (£) – ranked #11

Difficulty: Very Easy

Length: 4.48 miles

By AA Publishing

This route in the ancient capital of Wessex and England starts at the Victorian Guildhall on a loop past famous sights, including the water-meadows to the Hospital of St Cross and St Catherine’s Hill. A stop to look around the magnificent cathedral (founded in 1079) is a must.

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Visit ViewRanger for more routes in the UK and abroad!


Inspiration for this post was taken from an article by The Telegraph Travel.

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