The Snickelways of York in York, England

If you were unaware of York’s many narrow, medieval streets, it would be easy to walk past them without noticing a thing. But these delightfully named hidden passages allow you to seemingly magically transport from one street to another, avoiding the tourist crowds.

These passages are neither snickets, ginnels, or alleyways, but a mixture of all three! “Snickelway” is a term coined in 1983 by local author Mark W. Jones, which is now in popular use throughout York.

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