‘Slow Ways’ is an innovative project to create a network of walking routes connecting all of Great Britain’s towns and villages using existing footpaths. 

During lockdown 700 volunteers from across the country have been collaborating to create 7,000 routes collectively stretching for over 100,000km. The idea is to get people walking between locations using existing off-road paths and bridleways to promote slower types of travel rather than driving or taking public transport.

Walking can improve health and wellbeing, cut the emissions that cause climate and ecological emergencies, save money, and bring joy to people’s lives.

Volunteers required

“While there are thousands of miles of paths linking places across the country, there isn’t a comprehensive network designed to help people walk off-road between all towns and cities. That’s what the Slow Ways project aims to do,” explains geographer and explorer Dan Raven-Ellison, instigator of the project.

“The ‘Slow Ways’ project is supported by the Kestrelman Trust, managed through Topolocus (my geography innovation business)… The entire Slow Ways network will be published online and made freely available via Ordnance Survey.

“Later this year we’ll be sharing the routes and putting a call out for 10,000 volunteers to help explore, test and feedback on them. Life has slowed down in lockdown. Now people are reconnecting with their surroundings and discovering new things about the country. I hope Slow Ways will help them to continue to do this.” 

Check out #SlowWays on social media or visit https://ravenellison.com/portfolio/slow-ways/

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