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Walking the walls of the walled city of York

It would be a good idea to start with a map


We caught the bus into the city. The bus stop was just across the road. Buses came past about every 10 minutes. It was good not having to find a car park. I had a well over due hair appointment, I had the compulsory dye test the Friday before so was all set for a colour and cut. The lady did a good job, the end result was good. That will get me home. It was expensive though. Eighty pounds, when you convert that it would have been around 200 NZ dollars. It was just convenient to get it done in York, I guess I would have paid less if I had used a Salon out of the city. It was then time to find some lunch before heading off around the wall. Finding the first part was easy as started near York Minister. It was quite fun at the beginning as you could peer into the backyards of hotels and houses. The city of York has the most complete example of medieval city walls still standing today. Beneath the stonework lie the remains of earlier walls dating back to the Romans. The Roman walls survived into the 9th century when in AD 866 York was invaded by the Danish vikings. The Vikings buried the wall under an earth bank topped by a palisade - a tall fence of pointed wooden stakes. The wooden palisade was replaced in the 13th and 14th centuries with the wall that stands today. We finished the first part of the wall but finding the next part not easy, not helped with road closures. We searched for a while eventually we found some others looking for the wall as well, eventually we found it. The other young couple started on the wall with two elderly ladies. They didn't get far as one of the ladies didn't like heights. We continued on our way stopping to take in the sites along the way. The wall then finished. We found the museum and a information Centre and got a map. I pointed to a historic bridge but Geoff decided to walk the other way. I finally decided we were going no further till we knew where we were. We walked towards the historic bridge and over it and found the wall once again. It took us a while to work out our map. This was probably the longest section. Lots of twists and turns. At one stage we saw an ambulance go by, then we peered over the wall to see what looked like someone trying to revive someone. It was a homeless group, Whoever was helping was getting lots of verbal abuse. Soon the ambulance came back to sort the situation, we made our way around the wall. We exited and finished the last bit when we found the entrance, we had walked this bit before. Wall conquered. It is about 4 1/2ks around with our detours it was a lot longer. It is great that so much of this wall still remains today, it certainly gives a lot of character to York City. We enjoyed all the time we spent in the city of York. Soon it was time to catch the bus home, prepare dinner and start packing for the next day.

Posted by kiwiscanflyto 12:47 Archived in England Tagged city walled

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