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Slow Ways in Great Britain

mspath

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Hmm. We spent this morning walking, or at least trying to walk, one of the old Drove ways that criss-cross Sussex. Returning to our originating point via the old parish paths that linked neighbouring churches. The usual mix of new-built-housing path diversions, golf-courses, neglected stiles and "get-orf-my land" notices made for a few navigational challenges and a couple of improvisations but otherwise a good day in the sun-shine. It's a great concept and one used by anyone who can actually read a map and is prepared to discuss the law on public rights of way with some that they will encounter.

Prompted me to sign up as a tester anyway, though The Beloved suggested I should sign up as "Testy".
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
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The Beloved suggested I should sign up as "Testy".
I'd be testy too, seeing golf courses and being confronted with the 'get orf my land' sorts.
Sending you a link to something amusung and sobering at the same time, Tinca. It's inflammatory and off topic. 🙃
 

Galloglaigh

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Not wishing to confuse people but 'get orf my land' only applies in certain geographic areas. Right to roam applies in other areas.
 
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Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
In The Guardian published June 13, 2020 Jane Dunford reports on Slow Ways. This is an ambitious project begun during the recent lockdown to link in Great Britain all cities, townships and villages via little used pathways. More than 7,000 linked routes have recently been recorded and will be tested by volunteer walkers later this summer.

Read more here.

www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jun/13/how-the-slow-ways-network-could-change-walking-in-britain
Thank you mspath
We will look this one up!
We've been both amazed and delighted walking in Essex on some of the 6000 km public rights of way as those we've walked on are always well kept. Even the farmers make rights of way across their fields, and when we've managed to get lost and , meet the farmers they've always been so polite in steering us in the right direction

Tincanter...
Yes Testy...we're always getting lost......his fault!!!!!
 
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Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
Hmm. We spent this morning walking, or at least trying to walk, one of the old Drove ways that criss-cross Sussex. Returning to our originating point via the old parish paths that linked neighbouring churches. The usual mix of new-built-housing path diversions, golf-courses, neglected stiles and "get-orf-my land" notices made for a few navigational challenges and a couple of improvisations but otherwise a good day in the sun-shine. It's a great concept and one used by anyone who can actually read a map and is prepared to discuss the law on public rights of way with some that they will encounter.

Prompted me to sign up as a tester anyway, though The Beloved suggested I should sign up as "Testy".
Hi Tincanter
Re those neglected stiles.......
This is from one of our walks recently
A very lonely stileimage.jpeg

Didn't know whether to go over it or around it!!!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
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Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hi Tincanter
Re those neglected stiles.......
This is from one of our walks recently
A very lonely stileView attachment 76897

Didn't know whether to go over it or around it!!!
Well, Annette at least you have stiles to be able to go over or around them, even if they are sometimes overgrown. In the US we have no welcoming stiles. If we are not an animal in a pen owned by the landowner we have absolutely no access to stiles on private land without permission. Thank God for our National parks, state parks and public forests, although they have become over run with tourists.
 

Sixwheeler

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Arles Route (2013/2014 onwards)
I've signed up. Wouldn't be the first time I've needed to discuss access and rights of way with landowners. Mind you they often have my sympathy!
 
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although they have become over run with tourists.
Steady Chrissy, every tourist is a potential pilgrim. Everyone who gets the chance to experience another world to their own has the opportunity of discovery. Hey, I don't even dislike the golfers - its just the weird world they live in that I struggle with :)

And my world is weird enough. Every Sturgeon I catch has to be offered to the Queen; one tenth of all my Eel catch belongs to the Earl Domaine; I cannot take Bunting or Martlett on a Sunday; and the fore-shore where I gather sea-weed belongs to three different land owners depending on the state of the tide.

But I can always walk in a straight line, subject to the bends, from Erewhon to Llareggub whenever I want. ;):)
 

David from Freo

"These are the best years of our lives"
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Sarria-Santiago 2008; SJPP-Santiago 2014; Lisbon-Santiago-Muxia 2016; LePuy-Santiago 2018; SWCP 2019
In The Guardian published June 13, 2020 Jane Dunford reports on Slow Ways. This is an ambitious project begun during the recent lockdown to link in Great Britain all cities, townships and villages via little used pathways. More than 7,000 linked routes have recently been recorded and will be tested by volunteer walkers later this summer.

Read more here.

www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jun/13/how-the-slow-ways-network-could-change-walking-in-britain
As an Aussie walkder who had a fantastic couple of months last year walking the South West Coast Path in the UK, I think this idea of a slow ways network is a fabulous one. I really look forward to seeing the network once it becomes available publicly. Thanks for drawing it to our attention.
 
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