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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.

What can we learn from listening to the land?

21st December, 2021 by Guest

Earlier this month Laura Tyley from Flourishing Diversity got in contact. Laura could see connections between Slow Ways and an event she helped to organise called Living Nature. At the event contributors spoke about the importance of walking, journeys, relationships and nature.

Thanks to Laura, in the post below you can listen to highlights from the event. This includes thoughts from pilgrims, the head of a village in Finland and a Ghanian photographer.

Living Nature 2021 was an online programme of events to explore the future of human relationships with nature. Focussing on through the lens of art, science and Indigenous wisdom, the event was organised by  Flourishing Diversity and Invisible Dust.

The Listening To Land session brought people together to share their experiences of listening to land and how that helped to shape their lives. 

Peace pilgrim and life-long activist Satish Kumar (who spent two and a half years journeying through 15 countries on a 8000-mile peace walk) told us that to do right by the land, we must learn to read the book of nature and hear tongues in trees, books in running brooks and sermons in stones.

COP26 pilgrim Jolie Booth offered wisdom on the expansiveness of listening to the land. This is something she personally experienced whilst walking the Belinus ley line, known as ‘The Spine of Albion’, on a 500-mile modern-day pilgrimage from London to Glasgow.

Dr. Tero Mustonen is head of the village of Selkie in North Karelia, Finland. Tero is a passionate defender of the traditional worldview and the cosmology of his people. He offered stories from his lands that sparked reflections on life’s interconnectivity, fragility, resilience and adaptability. 

Nii Obodai is a Ghanian photographer who is committed to documenting the diversity of the world through photography, audio and text. He’s noticed, from connecting with many different landscapes and cultures, that we always have more in common than we think. Nii believes we are often carrying kindred stories and collectively searching for similar solutions. 

These lessons are just a few of the insights shared in this inspiring one hour conversation, so we invite you to sit back and enjoy more insights and wisdom in the full recording of  ‘Listening To The Land’.

And we leave you with a question; what have you learnt from listening to the land? If you wish, please share your responses with Flourishing Diversity via Instagram or email

Categorised under Video, Article and tagged as Flourishing Diversity, Satish Kumar, Jolie Booth, Tero Mustonen, Nii Obodai, Pilgrimage.

‘Slow Ways Voices’ captured in short films

7th June, 2021 by Cristie Moore

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 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.

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Slow Ways YouTube channel

7th June, 2021 by Cristie Moore

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 Cristie Moore

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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Home to Studio via the Slow Way

18th May, 2021 by Cristie Moore

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.

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.