You can only really get to know a city on foot — walking lets you slow down, get sidetracked by details that you wouldn’t notice otherwise — it lets you get lost in the urban skeleton. All the little side streets and alleyways, secret courtyards and gardens, walkways along waterfronts and large open squares become part of the destination that you came to see, and not just the backdrop to the main attractions.
Every trip I’ve taken, every city I’ve seen, I’ve explored by walking. You discover more this way — weird antique shops or eccentrically decorated cafes tucked into tight spaces, little bookshops with large personalities, pop-up art installations and street-corner buskers. This had always been my experience.
York was no different. I stopped over in the city for one night, on my way to London. It’s the perfect place to explore by foot, especially the Old Town. It has tiny winding streets left over from the Medieval city planning and tall city walls wind around the entire Old Town. You can walk the perimeter above the rooftops, courtyards and gardens. And if you need a break from all that walking, there is a great spot near Clifford Tower, the ruins of a Medieval castle, which sit on top of a hill at the edge of the Old Town.