Slow Ways


A few years ago, when planning a route between Salisbury and Winchester, I started to wonder…

What if there was a network of walking routes connecting all of Great Britain’s towns and cities? And… why doesn’t that exist already?

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. A breakthrough is needed.

Using existing footpaths, Slow Ways is a bold collaborative project to design a network of over 1,000 routes that can be used to inspire and guide walking between towns, cities and villages. People will be able to use it to walk between neighbouring settlements or to combine multiple Slow Way routes for long-distance journeys.

This is an important, positive and timely project. Walking can improve health and wellbeing, tackle the climate and ecological emergencies, save people money, improve our environment and bring joy to people’s lives.

I’ve teamed up with Ordnance Survey who I collaborate with as a GetOutside Champion. The entire Slow Ways network will be published and made freely available via Ordnance Survey.

I’m looking for 100 volunteers to create the first draft of a “Slow Ways” network, on one day, in just 10 hours as part of a Slow Ways hack day.

The Slow Ways hack day is being organised with support from the Kestrelman Trust. It is being held at Geovation (Ordnance Survey’s innovation centre).

Interested? Find out more and get involved here.