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The new interactive map created for Leicester’s treasured New Walk

Leicester tourists and residents can now enjoy a new interactive map of one of the city’s main heritage attractions.

The interactive map of the Grade II listed New Walk features all the interesting things to see and do on the 0.7 mile pedestrianised road, which stretches from Granville Road to Welford Place.

On the 10 minute walk, visitors will encounter educational establishments, points of interest, and unique eateries. The map showcases the likes of New Walk Museum, the Writers’ Pavement, Esquires Coffee, and many more. Car parks and facilities are also labelled.

In a promotional video, James Bowie, Friends of New Walk Trustee, said: “New Walk is a famous pedestrian walkway originally opened just over 200 years ago. There are a number of beautiful spots along New Walk of course including The Oval, and as you walk down New Walk you get to De Montfort Square and Museum Square.”

Map users can interact by tapping on numbered and pictured areas on New Walk and learn more about them.

The history of Leicester’s famous walkway dates back to Roman times when it was a simple muddy track within 600 acres of open land. It has remained a prominent part of Leicester’s history living through the Battle of Waterloo and the Second World War.

Friends of New Walk, a charity founded in 1994, commissioned the refurbishment of the dedicated Friends of New Walk website.

The Friends are business people, professionals, academics and citizens who work with the City Council and other local bodies and individuals to maintain and enhance New Walk for the benefit of both citizens and visitors.

The new map, developed by User Design, Illustration and Typesetting, is part of a website revamp, which the same company also developed. The redevelopment has included improved photography, updated content, and the interactive map with directions and features.

While New Walk makes for the perfect space for exercise and reflection, always stay safe due to current coronavirus issues.


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