UR­BAN RAMBLES IN THE UK

Bri­tain’s wilds are rightly much cel­e­brated, but its city streets are just as full of spec­tac­u­lar routes…

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1New­cas­tle

New­cas­tle is a city that grabs you by the imag­i­na­tion and never lets go. It also has all the in­gre­di­ents of a good ur­ban ram­ble: epic lo­ca­tion, great build­ings, plenty of at­ti­tude. Its re­gen­er­ated wa­ter­front is a rev­e­la­tion to wan­der, too, with a fine art space, the iconic Mil­len­nium Bridge and loads of spots to pause for a drink.

2 BrightonAs well as a brac­ing walk along of green the space seafront, to stroll there’s here, lots plus myr­iad in­trigu­ing lanes, a race­track, a Vic­to­rian ceme­tery and a buzzing city life. It also has some 400 places to eat – more per head than any­where else in the UK. That might slow your progress a bit, though!

3 Ox­ford

Wan­der­ing be­tween the banks of Ox­ford’s two rivers takes you through the city’s finest green spa­ces – both tamed and un­tamed – past grand ar­chi­tec­ture and a great view of the ‘dream­ing spires’. And for such a busy city, it’s as­ton­ish­ing how lit­tle traf­fic you’ll en­counter ( pic­tured). Ad­vice pro­vided by Nicholas Rudd-jones, au­thor of Ur­ban Rambles: 20 Glo­ri­ous Walks Through English Cities (Frances Lin­coln, £17). Out now.

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