What's Slow Ways?

Benefits of Slow Ways

Who's behind Slow Ways?

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What's Slow Ways?

Slow Ways is an initiative to create a national network of walking routes connecting all of Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages.

Using existing paths, ways, trails and roads, people can use Slow Ways routes to walk or wheel between neighbouring settlements, and combine them to create longer distance trips. It’s designed to make it easier for people to imagine, plan and go on walking journeys.

There are currently over 7,000 Slow Ways stretching for over 100,000km. This network of routes was created by 700 volunteers during the Spring 2020 lockdown, creating a unique Slow Ways map in the process. 

Slow Ways routes

The next challenge in 2021 is to walk, review and verify them all - checking 100,000km of Slow Ways in the process. 

Slow Ways aims to inspire and support more people to walk more often, further and for more purposes.

While there are thousands of miles of paths linking places across Great Britain, there isn't a comprehensive and trusted network designed to help people walk off-road between towns and cities. That’s what the Slow Ways initiative, with its distinctive geometric connections, is creating.

The vast majority of Slow Ways routes start and finish in populated places, with varied transport links, food and accommodation options. This makes it easier and more affordable to plan short, medium and long-distance journeys.

As people walk and wheel, review, rate, survey and create new routes this will evolve into a network of ‘verified’ routes, ones that can be used with confidence. Over time, this will help people with specific needs and desires easily find routes that meet their requirements.

Slow Ways is a positive and timely initiative. Walking can improve health and wellbeing, help tackle climate and ecological emergencies, save people money, improve our environment, create memories and bring joy to people's lives.

Slow Ways is a collaborative effort:

Because of this scale of support, Slow Ways CIC was formed in 2020 as a not-for-profit community interest company.

All of the route information that’s collated will always be free to browse, search, view, share and download. 

We plan for versions of the verified network of Slow Ways walking routes to be released under a Creative Commons license so that people and organisations can freely download, share and innovate with it.

Up for helping? To get started, sign up, then:

1. Choose a Slow Ways route

2. Walk, or wheel it 

3. Review it

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Benefits of Slow Ways

A large number of potential benefits have been identified by volunteers, partners and backers in developing the Slow Ways initiative.

These include, but are not limited to:

Community benefits

Health benefits

Environmental benefits

Transport benefits

‌Economic benefits

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In the News

Here’s a selection of news stories about Slow Ways.

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Who's making it happen?

Hundreds of people have contributed to Slow Ways. Some have invested massive amounts of time and energy creating, sharing and checking routes. Without this incredible effort Slow Ways would not exist. 

Slow Ways started as a simple idea. Since then, the scale of the challenge has grown rapidly. Fortunately, so has the level of support for the initiative. 

The main organising and delivery team is spread across Great Britain.

Dan Raven-Ellison (founder), Darren Moore (web developer), Rob Bushby (Scotland lead), Sarah Taigel (Geographic Information Systems), Jane Taylor (network making coordination), Andrew Mackay (network making coordination), Cristie Moore (responding to enquiries), Charlie Peel at Urban Good (design) and Jack Sheppard at Made by Sheppard (web design).

A Sounding Board has been formed to help shape and guide Slow Ways. This group includes people from across Wales, England and Scotland who have a range of interests and backgrounds, including David Lintern, Claire-Jane Carter, Rowena Macaulay, Kelly Tourle, Cherelle Harding, Kamalpreet Badasha, Mohammed Dhalech, Tim Simons, Rosie Watson and Yetunde Kehinde.

Slow Ways has had additional Geographical Information Systems support from volunteers at Costain, including Sophie Stouki, Georgia Roberts, James Cunningham and Monika Swiderska.

Slow Ways has kindly received funding from:

The National Lottery Community Fund

We would also like to thank our friends at Costain, ESRI and Ordnance Survey for advice and support.

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Contact us

Got a question or need help? Please visit our Help Centre and forum.

Going on a Slow Ways journey? Want to help make Slow Ways a success? We’d love to hear from you.

General email: hello@slowways.uk
Report an issue: support@slowways.zendesk.com 

Twitter: @SlowWaysUK 
Instagram: @SlowWaysUK 
Hashtag: #SlowWays

Our team is spread across the country, but we have a forwarding address in central London. Don’t try and visit as we’ll not be there. If you would like to post us anything please send it to:

Slow Ways CIC, 3rd Floor, 86-90 Paul Street, London, England, EC2A 4NE

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