Step into spring with Slow Ways

Slow Ways is an initiative to create a national network of verified walking routes using existing paths, ways, trails and roads. Find out how you can help by simply walking a Slow Ways route.

The Slow Ways snail logo and caption "Help create a national walking network" over lines connecting points on a map
Image: Slow Ways

Slow Ways came about during the spring 2020 lockdown, when 700 volunteers joined forces to create and share maps of walking routes.

This developed into the goal of creating a national network of walking routes connecting all of Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages.

People can use Slow Ways routes to walk or wheel between neighbouring settlements, and combine them to create longer distance trips. They’re designed to make it easier for people to imagine, plan and go on walking journeys.

Get involved

Slow Ways aims to inspire and support more people to walk more often, further and for more purposes and now the group would like our help:

“While there are thousands of miles of paths linking places across Great Britain, there isn’t a comprehensive and trusted network designed to help people walk off-road between towns and cities. That’s what the Slow Ways initiative, with its distinctive geometric connections, is creating.

The next challenge is to walk, review and verify them all – checking 100,000km of Slow Ways in the process.

As people walk and wheel, review, rate, survey and create new routes this will evolve into a network of ‘verified’ routes, ones that can be used with confidence. Over time, this will help people with specific needs and desires easily find routes that meet their requirements.

Slow Ways is a positive and timely initiative. Walking can improve health and wellbeing, help tackle climate and ecological emergencies, save people money, improve our environment, create memories and bring joy to people’ s lives.”

Find out how you can help verify walks for Slow Ways here.

Walks around Headington

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Walks from Headington

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