I think the idea of slow ways is really good but I am frustrated by the length of most of the routes. I generally walk by myself and the maximum I can comfortably walk 10 miles but I find myself unable to do a huge proportion of slow ways. This is because not only do you need to be able to do the walk but you have to allow time to get back to where you started or where your base is via public transport.
I live in Milton Keynes and although reasonably well served by public transport most of the routes are too long for me. I recently was on holiday in North Norfolk. There was no one route I could do. Why are all of the routes so long? I think if additional towns/ meeting places were included and so the average length of a route shortened then the slow ways network would get greater use.
I really think the additional of extra towns would make slow ways more inclusive and would encourage more people to start walking. Nobody starts walking doing a 15 mile route. I'm at the other end of the scale, 20 years ago I could walk 15 miles but now I still really enjoy walking but 6 or 7 miles is where my comfort zone is.
Having shorter routes would not impact on people who can walk further, they could do 2 routes in a go.
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