Edinburgh named UK's most walkable city

Edinburgh buildings

Edinburgh has been named the UK's most walkable city in a poll celebrating National Walking Month.

The annual National Walking Month campaign kicked off yesterday, with heaps of advice and inspo to help you make the most of your streets and your feet.

And if you live in Edinburgh you're particularly lucky: it scored the highest in all walk-friendly areas except one. A huge majority of Edinburgh residents – 82 per cent – said they have a good quality of streets, 73 per cent said they had good pavements, 67 per cent said they have an easy walk to parks and 66 per cent felt safe walking.

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Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) said it was easy to walk to local shops, just slipping behind Sheffield with 68 per cent in this area. The Yorkshire city came second in the poll overall, followed by London in third place.

The results, revealed by National Walking Month organiser Living Streets, also found that 20 per cent of all respondents said they would definitely walk more if it were safer and easier, suggesting improvements could be made across the country, and over three-quarters want to see more measures to encourage walking.

You can see how your nearest city fared, and help Living Streets get an even clearer idea of its walkability, online.