Curious About York is a pair of self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make York a fabulous place to explore!
First Walk: Minster to Shambles (1.1 miles)
Initially take a walk in a park as you circle York’s magnificent Minster, before entering the city’s narrow streets and lanes with quirky shops and plentiful restaurants. Then disappear up a narrow footpath to an ancient, secret church, before meandering round some little-known byways. Finally, it’s back to tourist York, and the Shambles, a famously narrow, old-world street with overhanging, timber-framed buildings.
Second Walk: Shambles to Museum Gardens (0.8 mile)
From York’s timeworn lanes this walk leads you past contemporary shops, mingled with ancient history. Next it’s out of the bustling centre, past the imposing Minster again, and out through an ancient gateway where a knocker was installed so passing Scots could request entry to the city! Now walk beside Abbey walls, before entering the splendid Museum Gardens with its host of intriguing attractions.
Each booklet gives you everything you need - detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers if needed!), and fascinating stories about York’s history. We also provide ideas for other attractions and things to see and do along the way.
If you're naturally inquisitive (we would say curious...), and like having fun, both walks are immensely entertaining – but if you want to ensure you capture everything around you, just add in the Treasure Hunt to ramp up the fun. Follow the directions, and keep to the map! Children find them hugely enjoyable. Younger children (primary school age) should always be accompanied by an adult who will get actively involved - you can give them a specific role, eg matching pictures to clues, finding the answers, or managing the map, etc.
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Other Yorkshire Curious About walks can be found at Whitby, Scarborough, Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield. We also have a second pair of walks in York www.curiousabout.co.uk/york2
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