With an overall score of 76, the commuter hotspot of Chelmsford has come out on top as the UK’s best city to be a pedestrian. Hugely popular with families and commuters, the Essex city is just 30 miles from London, but boasts plenty of green space for its 170,000 residents so offers the best of both worlds. The city also scores highly thanks to extremely active residents and low rainfall. It’s also one of the safest cities on our list with fewer pedestrian and vehicle accidents than many other cities in the UK.
Coming in second place is the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield. Teetering on the edge of the Peak District, the city benefits from nearly 300 walking routes within a 25-mile radius. And as you’d expect, it has a high number of active residents.
The Midlands city of Peterborough takes third place on our list. Encased in greenery and with Nene Park Country Park just three miles out of the city, it’s the perfect place for those who want a vibrant city to explore, but with easy access to the tranquillity of parkland. It also benefits from being one of the driest cities on our list.
West Yorkshire’s cathedral city, Wakefield, may be well known for its rhubarb, but it’s also one of the best cities for pedestrians. Fourth place on our list, thanks to an abundance of green space, plenty of walking routes, and lower than average rainfall, it’s one of the best cities for those looking to discover the centre and its surrounding areas on foot.
Rounding off the top five is historic St Albans. On the edge of Chilton Hills AONB, it’s known for its culture, markets and community spirit, it scored highly when it comes to annual rainfall and walking routes (367 within 25 miles).