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Wanderers #3: Lizzy Hones
13th September, 2022 by Saira Niazi
We spoke to London based teacher and Slow Ways volunteer Lizzy Hone about why she walks, her favourite path and upcoming walks she’s got planned.
Lizzy, why do you walk?
I walk to feel whole and to disconnect from the constant stress of teaching. I used to do half marathons but hurt my back and wanted to take up a more gentler exercise. I used to have to walk to school and back as a child. I love looking at nature and just being.
Tell us about some of your more memorable walking journeys?
I have just returned from walking Offa’s Dyke, and this was memorable for the fantastic views and loads of friendly walkers, including lots of women. (There were) lots of ups and downs and despite reducing my load, it was still a challenge. The Dales Way is another beautiful walk following a river through stunning countryside.
You’ve walked many trails from the Saxon Shore Way and the London Loop – do you have a favourite?
Pembrokeshire is my favourite path because of the constant presence of the sea. On a hot summers day it is azure like the Mediterranean. (It’s) fantastic (for) wildlife spotting, and (you can see all sorts of animals) like seals, choughs, ravens, and cinnabar moths.
Have you had any interesting or serendipitous encounters while walking?
I have met lots of interesting women including some older ladies who told me about walking Offa’s Dyke and paying £8 with basic facilities but it was much quieter, and they recommended some Irish walks like the Dingle Way. I meet interesting people on every walk. Everyone has interesting experiences they want to share.
Do you prefer to walk alone or with others?
I do spend most of the time walking alone because most of my friends are bored after an hour but on a trail, I will often spend a couple of days walking with people I meet. Sharing experiences and company is nice, as walking can be lonely sometimes.
Growing up, did you often go walks with your family? Where would you walk?
always lived at the end of a lane, so had to walk everywhere. It was a mile and a half to school every day and two miles to the station. I grew up in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB and there are lots of beautiful walks there. We often used to go to Kirby Lonsdale and Ingleborough and I love the seven waterfalls walk there.
How did you find out about Slow Ways?
It popped up on Twitter.
What have been your favourite Slow Ways journeys?
I enjoyed planning London North to South but the air pollution was taxing. I am planning (plan) to walk Dorking to Horley very soon.
Do you have any tips or advice for anyone who is interested in long-distance walking?
Do some day walks that include ascends and descends to prepare the leg muscles. Start with a path or trail that is not too challenging, has facilities and that you could walk part of for 3-4 days. Get measured for a good pair of boots, good socks and rucksack.
Do you have any walks planned for the future?
I am currently walking the Sussex Literary Trail. A beautiful walk from Horsham to Chichester. I have walked a lot of paths in Kent and Sussex and would like to explore Essex.
Can you provide a short bio telling us where you live, what you do, what your interests are!
I live in urban South London, without a garden. I work as a teacher in the education sector. I enjoy swimming, yoga and walking. I am a keen reader, embroiderer, blogger, cinema goer and gallery enthusiast.
Thank you Lizzy!
Q&A with David Sanderson, who's now walked 500 miles of Slow Ways!
24th November, 2021 by Dan Raven-Ellison
To celebrate his century of Slow Ways routes, I reached out to David with some questions. I wanted to find out what makes him tick, what he's planning next and any tips he has for people who'd like to follow in his footsteps.
Michael Tormey - How direct are the Slow Ways routes, really?
2nd July, 2021 by Guest
My name is Michael Tormey. I’m originally from the United States, but I’ve spent the past year studying for an MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering at the University of Southampton. For my Masters dissertation, I’ve been looking into how and where we can focus efforts to continue improving the Slow Ways network of walking routes. Read all about my analysis here.
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.
'Slow Ways Voices' blog - Mahroof Malik
7th June, 2021 by Cristie Moore
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.