York City Walls to reopen – but you can only go one way

York’s air quality improved without polluting vehicles in lockdown. Photograph: Richard McDougall
25 Jun 2020 @ 7.58 pm
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We can walk the world-famous York walls again from next month – but only clockwise.

City of York Council is reopening the walls from Saturday July 4, with a temporary one-way system in place to enable social distancing and keep people safe.

The one way system will run clockwise, with signs being placed at entry and exit points to ensure visitors can easily identify where they can access the walls safely.

Council leader Keith Aspden said: “York’s city walls are the most complete and finest in England, making them one of our most treasured historical assets. We’re delighted to be able to reopen them again to resident and visitors.

“The original walls were built by the Roman’s in 71AD, and they didn’t have social distancing in mind back then!

“But we can all enjoy the beauty of the walls once again safely by following the new one-way system we have put in place.

“It will feel a little strange, but we are all looking forward to welcoming people back as we continue to adapt to the changes in national guidance.”

Two miles to enjoy

York walls approaching Bishophill

Deputy leader of the council Andy D’Agorne said: “York’s city walls stretch over 2 miles and provide the perfect opportunity to walk and see parts of the city which you wouldn’t normally see.

“Over a million people take a walk through 1,900 years of history on the walls every year and we hope residents and visitors will continue to enjoy them again as we reopen in July.”

The council is advising residents and visitors to continue to stay 2m apart as much as possible, where this isn’t possible the 1m+ advice should be followed with people wearing face coverings.

The city walls are open every day from 8am to dusk.