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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.
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Dogs using Slow Ways #6: Connie
21st June, 2022 by Guest
We asked wildlife photographer Jasmine Pasha to turn her lens on dogs going about their Slow Ways journeys, to see what we human walkers might learn.
Since Slow Ways began two years ago people have poured hundreds of thousands of words of reviews, and thousands of photos, into the collective pot. Routes are being walked and reviewed at a rate of 137km a day! We are well on the way to discovering how people feel about the routes they are walking, as each reviewer leaves notes and clues, tips and memories, like a postcard to the next user.
But there is another major user of the routes. Love them or hate them, there are many, many dogs of Slow Ways, all non-verbally having their own experiences of the routes, back and forth (and back and forth and back and forth) all over the country. What are they thinking? What do they love, what do they hate? It’s not our place to suggest, so the best tool we have is a camera.
We asked talented wildlife photographer Jasmine Pasha to spend time on routes, where she’d try to capture some of the spirit and soul of these route companions. The photos stand alone, but as you look at them you might like to think: what is the dog thinking? What senses is it using that its owner can’t access? What extra information would the dog write in its review? Can we recognise joy, right here? Might it be contagious?
Here's Connie on her Slow Ways journey.
● Slow Ways Route: South Harefield—Uxbridge One
● Distance: 9km / 6mi
Nose to the ground, Connie leaves no stone unturned! Sometimes she's lost in thought and others times she's so distracted by everything that's going on around her, that she doesn’t seem hear her name being called, There’s just so much to see, sniff, and chase on this route. Connie seems to love having the freedom to run around, occasionally she'll even pinch the odd ball or two from her other four-legged friends!
Do you have a dog that uses Slow Ways? Share their journeys on our socials using the #DogsUsingSlowWays @slowwaysUK
Stop walking in circles
7th April, 2022 by Dan Raven-Ellison
'Circular walks are almost always for necessity or convenience, but I love the joy of arriving' Slow Ways' founder Dan on his love of A to B
‘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.
Heading in to the studio via the Slow Way
18th May, 2021 by Cristie Moore
Rapper JD walks his commute through his much-loved Lake District
Rapper by night, outdoor instructor by day, Josh is heading to the studio in Dalton. Why not take the Slow Way? "Rich inside I won’t ever be a pauper/ My whole life I been a walker" go the lyrics of his love-song to his neighbourhood.
The rhythm of the walking… it helps me connect to the rhythm of the music
This short film by Henry Iddon and Rich Berry follows him on a local South Cumbria walk, and features Josh’s own Lake District-inspired track Great District by Swerve & JD. Check him out on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.
This film was supported with funding from The National Lottery/Sport England.
Where will you go?
23rd April, 2021 by Dan Raven-Ellison
Check out this bright and beautiful little animation that celebrates our launch day!
To mark the launch of Slow Ways today, thank you very much to Jess Mountfield, freelance animation director, designer and lecturer, 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?