Welcome to the web site of the Friends of New Walk. We are a community action group which promotes York’s famous Georgian riverside promenade as an amenity and resource for residents and visitors alike.
York is one of Britain’s great historic cities, founded in the late 1st century AD by the Romans for whom it was a fortress and provincial capital until about the year 400. Subsequently York was a centre of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria and capital of a Viking kingdom in the north until the Norman Conquest of 1066. After the Conquest York flourished as a medieval city; the Cathedral, city walls and many buildings of this period can still be seen today. In the 17th – 18th centuries York re-invented itself as a fashionable centre for the local gentry and one of its great attractions was New Walk where one could stroll along the banks of the river Ouse, take the air and meet friends just as one can today.