Slow Ways is a grassroots initiative to create a national network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain's towns and cities as well as thousands of villages. This giant network is being co-created and drawn by thousands of volunteers.
We want to make it easier for people to imagine, plan and enjoy walking journeys - and we'd love your help to do that.
The maps will be big, bold, beautiful and designed to inspire and support people imagine, plan and share journeys.
The map will be great for:
- imagining 💡
- planning journeys 🚶🏽♀️
- drawing on 🖊
- using as a companion to the website 💻
- marking Slow Ways you plan to walk ✍️
- recording routes you have walked ✅
- learning about active travel in schools 🏫
- making walls look fantastic! 🖼
We want to reach as many people as we can.
By buying the map you will be supporting Slow Ways too, helping to establish Slow Ways in how people think about travel in Great Britain.
Just by getting yourself a map and sharing it with others you'll be supporting our mission. We also want to get maps to teachers, schools, colleges, key politicians, decision makers and influencers across the country too.
Slow Ways is an initiative to create a network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain's towns and cities as well as thousands of villages and every national park. People can use the routes to walk between neighbouring places or combine routes to travel over longer distances.
Slow Ways was kick-started during the first lockdown with hundreds of volunteers suggesting thousands of routes. There are now over 8,000 routes in the network that cover over 120,000km. Using the Slow Ways website, people are now walking the routes to make sure they are good enough to be in the network.
Enough work has now been done to publish our first printed map of the network at a scale that is perfect for imagining, planning and recording journeys.
Thank you to everyone who's contributed to Slow Ways and helped to get the initiative to this point. This map is a major milestone.
The Slow Ways Map of Great Britain has been collaboratively created with contributions from hundreds of volunteers.
The map is being designed by our friends at Urban Good CIC, a social enterprise that specialises in creating and publishing beautiful maps.
Split across a pair of Northern and Southern maps, each sheet is 126cm x 95cm. The two maps overlap, with the Northern map orientated in portrait and the Southern in landscape.
Orkney and the Shetland are designed to be cut out of the Northern map, so they can be placed in the correct scale and location.
On the front of each sheet is a graphic map of either Northern or Southern Great Britain, including Slow Ways route lines that can be coloured in.
On the rear of each sheet is a beautiful bonus relief map of the whole of Great Britain, along with a set of Slow Ways routes.