Chester has narrowly missed out on being named the best place in the UK for a romantic walk.
Up against stiff competition from places including London, Oxford and Glasgow, our city lost out to Scarborough as the country’s favourite place to take a lover’s stroll by just 9%.
Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, asked 15,000 of its supporters to nominate their favourite UK town or city romantic walks and say why they had chosen it. The entries, which were narrowed down based on the number of nominations received and the most romantic reasons given, were then put up for public vote.
Chester's city walls had been described as ‘a lovely walk which takes in the cathedral and green areas around the city, remains of roman buildings, a view of the canal and railway, not to mention the lovely shopping areas', but in spite of this, Scarborough took 28% of the vote compared to Chester’s 19%.
Jenny Wiles, Regional Director of Living Streets, said: “The poll was light-hearted but we wanted to get across the simple message that by going for a walk a few times a week people can enjoy noticeable health benefits.
“As we know, physical activity greatly reduces your risk of coronary heart disease so a romantic walk is great for your heart in more ways than one.”