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Here you’ll find Slow Ways stories, films, blogs and news. Things to browse and share, to be informed and inspired by.

We’ll put out requests for stories and images at regular intervals, and share collaborations that link Slow Ways with music, art, maps and other creative projects.

Share your own Slow Ways stories and photos - with friends, through groups and on social media using #SlowWays.


The Listening Walk takes to the Slow Ways

15th June, 2021 by Darren Moore

In this article we take to Slow Way Woodwool with David Matthews who is walking 6000 miles to visit every Samaritans in England, Scotland and Wales.

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June newsletter

10th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

With the summer months upon us, light evenings and a focus on home turf for holidays it’s an ideal time to check out Slow Ways across Great Britain. Whether looking to see what’s local or planning adventurous longer journeys, it’s a great time to join thousands of others in exploring Slow Ways and helping to create a national network of walking routes. Here’s a news update from the past few weeks.

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‘Slow Ways Voices’ captured in short films

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

6 films of 1-2 minutes’ duration have been created by 2 film-makers to show people in different settings, enjoying walking and making use of Slow Ways for a variety of reasons.

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'Slow Ways Voices' blog - Mahroof Malik

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

Mahroof joined the initial Slow Ways ‘hack day’ in January 2020 to help form its early thinking and start the process of creating a network of walking routes.He went for a walk with friend Belal and film maker Nico Hambleton to explore the idea of Slow Ways. It made sense to walk one of the Slow Ways routes, from Bishop’s Castle to Minsterley, taking in tea shops, Shropshire Hills tracks and trig points along the way.Here’s some of what they spoke about. And here’s the short film, part of a suite of ‘Slow Ways Voices’ films.

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People wanted from every town and city in Great Britain to help make a new national walking network - Slow Ways launch press release

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

During the Spring 2020 lockdown volunteers from across the nation plotted a network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s towns and cities.Without leaving home over 7,000 ‘Slow Ways’ walking routes were mapped using existing paths, trails and roads. Combined, the routes stretch for 100,000km and lap the equator twice.

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April newsletter

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

Firstly, thank you. Thank you for your continued interest in Slow Ways. There’s been a lot going on. There’s been a few delays. Yet we know there are thousands of you waiting and willing to get out, to find out what Slow Ways walking routes look and feel like – on screen and under foot. As the world around us opens up, we hope you are in good health and spirits and are looking forward to opportunities for new adventures in the coming months.

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Slow Ways YouTube channel

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

For all things Slow Ways on YouTube - webinars, animations, 'Slow Ways Voices' and more - visit and subscribe to our own Slow Ways YouTube channel.

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Slow Ways webinar recordings

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

To watch recordings of presentations on an introduction to Slow Ways, how to use the website, how to survey a Slow Ways route, just visit the Slow Ways YouTube channel.

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Slow Ways snaps

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

Back in March - in a time of restrictions and before Slow Ways was formally launched - a twitter-call went out: “Got any photos of inspiring and inviting paths?

You responded - with photographs of paths in urban and remote places - and everywhere in between.

@GordonBarr, @meletherton, @Mr_Grumble @AuditBanshee, @Sarah_Hants

Take a look at the thread of images from across the UK.

Categorised under Photography and tagged as Photography.

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Slow Ways in numbers

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

After 4 weeks of walking and reviewing Slow Ways the scores on the doors are in! Supporters of Slow Ways have gone to great lengths – literally, in some cases - to contribute by walking routes, taking the time to leave a review or submitting a survey. Thanks for all your inputs and efforts to get Slow Ways off to a flying start. Here’s an early mix of metrics, a stocktake of Slow Ways statistics.

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In the news - Slow Ways articles

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

Slow Ways has been in the news in recent weeks. Click on each to read more.

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‘Slower Way of Walking’

7th June, 2021 by Rob Bushby

Article in Strider, Magazine of the Long Distance Walking Association, April 2021, by Rob Bushby, Slow Ways (and an LDWA Red Rose 100 finisher in 2015) Readers of Strider probably need no encouragement to walk further. Longer Distance Walking Association, anyone? You’ll know that Great Britain has lots of paths, trails and ways. Across the LDWA membership you’ve probably walked most if not all of them...

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Home to Studio via the Slow Way

18th May, 2021 by Rob Bushby

Rapper by night, outdoor instructor by day, Josh is heading to the studio in Dalton. Why not take the Slow Way? 

“The rhythm of the walking…it helps me connect to the rhythm of the music.”

Featuring Josh’s own Lake District-inspired track Great District - ‘Rich inside I won’t ever be a pauper, my whole life been a Walker’ - this short film by Henry Iddon and Rich Berry follows him on a local South Cumbria walk.

Music – ‘Great District’ by Swerve & JD.

This film was supported with funding from The National Lottery/Sport England.

Categorised under Walking, Video and tagged as Slow Ways, Stories, Film, Video, Henry Iddon, Rich Berry, Josh Duncan, Voices.

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Where will you go?

23rd April, 2021 by Dan Raven-Ellison

To mark the launch of Slow Ways today, thank you very much to Jess Mountfield for volunteering to make this beautiful film for us and to Jo Riley for composing the soundtrack.

The short animation captures the spirit of Slow Ways... it's far more than just a network of walking routes.

Where will you go?

Categorised under Walking, Video and tagged as Slow Ways, Stories, Film, Video, Animation, Jess Mountfield, Jo Riley.

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