URBAN RAMBLES IN THE UK
Britain’s wilds are rightly much celebrated, but its city streets are just as full of spectacular routes…
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!
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.