Friday, 1 May 2009

walking the walls

walking the walls is one of my favourite things to do whenever I need to go into the city. why walk through the traffic, avoiding the pedestrians, and the tourists taking photos when instead you can go a different way and

as if by magic you are transported from the hustle and bustle, noise and traffic of the streets and up into another world.

enter the walls through a huge oak door, and then climb and climb up the steep narrow steps.

and out you come, suddenly transported up in the sky

up into the leaf canopy, and the road noise is replaced by the sound of birds and the wind rustling through the leaves

walk round and climb some more, then peep through the leaf canopy into the gardens of houses that back onto the walls, this one is of one of my favourite cafes,

and then past a tiny hidden gem of a bluebell wood, nestled in the middle of the city

every so often you catch a glimpse of the towering spires of the Minster

and past the spot where we took after Easter daffodil photos,

walk past gorgeous hidden gardens

hidden treasures which can only be looked at although these steps look just sooooo tempting........

and then the time comes to go back down........

where if you need a reminder of your walk you can make a brass rubbing to take with you.

anything to delay going back into the real world.........


  1. I've been to the walls many times but never climbed them; now I realise I should have! The rubbing trail is a brilliant idea; we're just starting to get into that here.

  2. Oh, thank you for that! You've brought back one of my favorite travel memories. Except that I never noticed quite so many wonderful details. That's the trouble with traveling at age 25. Must visit again now that I am a much more seasoned Appreciator...

  3. i lived and worked in York for a short time... and i loved to walk along the walls. thank you for the memory jolt... i must visit again soon. i once saw a firework display whilst standing on the walls too... it was amazing!

  4. That looks quite magical! LIke a different dimension - which it is I suppose! x

  5. Lovely, lovely York. Thanks for sharing ... :0)

  6. I'd just love to take a walk there!

  7. Magical. Really must visit York! K x

  8. I do like York - what a great city. The Minster nwindows are stunning aren't they?

    LOVE the cushion in the last post - fabulous colours.

    Glad the little ones' dancing raised a smile!

  9. How lovely! I really like the idea of the brass rubbing too!

  10. What a fantastic walk. We've only ever been to York twice - hubbies mum lives in Hornsea so we don't get that far up the country very often!

    Thanks for sharing,

    have a lovely weekend,

    Nina x

  11. Such a lovely walk, no wonder you enjoy it so much. It's something I've never done ,but I will now on my next visit. Thank you for sharing.
    Bertie x

  12. How wonderful, I would walk that way every time I think. You are right it is like another world. What a lovely place you live in.

  13. I so agree with why walk through the town when you can walk the walls - next time we are in York that is what we are going to do .. loved the Bluebell wood
    Lisa x

  14. i love that...i want to go there too.

  15. I'll be doing that walk if I go to York again, it looks glorious, and I can't believe we've not done it before! Thanks for this tour, I felt like I was on a great ride, not knowing where I would go next, it was rather exciting!
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

  16. Thank you for taking us on the walk around the city walls. I don't think I have ever done those walls-Chester yes but not York.


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