Hastings Old Town recently featured among 10 areas shortlisted for ‘Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood’ award, run by the Ramblers’ Association, and subsequently won with 21% of the vote.
According to Hastings’ YouTube video entry, highlights of the area include: “the great variety of pubs and restaurants, and a cinema”. Due to its “compact nature” (and famous twittens) “the best way to get about is on foot.”
Old Town attributes include: “Sea, architecture, countryside and blue plaques”, and “because people walk everywhere it’s a very sociable neighbourhood.”
The Ramblers’ Association agreed, saying: “The streets of Hastings Old Town really were made for walking and several factors contribute to its win”. “Developed before the advent of the car, it’s well designed for making short journeys on foot. The quaint streets are criss-crossed by narrow “twittens”, passages developed in Victorian times that today form charming pedestrian routes between the main streets”.
Walthamstow, Dumfries and Salford also entered the awards.
• Check the Ramblers’ website for more information.
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