Slow Ways: London to Birmingham in less time than HS2!


Now let’s get your town connected too

Something marvellous has happened – we’ve connected Birmingham to London with verified Slow Ways!

It’s a brilliant collective achievement, and we completed the effort way ahead of HS2!

If you are new to Slow Ways it’s not too late to help connect other towns and cities to the network. Read on to discover how you can help!

Thanks to the efforts of lots of volunteers, we’ve had a cluster of verified Slow Ways from Sheffield to Stratford-upon-Avon and another from Brighton to Oxford for some time. To make the connection between the two we just needed three people to check a single route – a missing link in the chain – between Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour.

Thanks to Litehiker, Steve Litchfield and Lodge101 we’ve bridged that gap! It’s now possible to walk directly between Brighton, London, Birmingham and Sheffield.

Unlike HS2, we’re committed to making the connection between Manchester and Birmingham. We’re also committed to making connections between all of Britain’s towns and cities!

In fact, in our opinion, Slow Ways isn’t just quicker* than HS2, it’s also much much much:

  • more healthy
  • more enjoyable
  • more green
  • more zero carbon (really)
  • more wildlife friendly
  • more affordable to users (it’s free)
  • more light-touch on the landscape
  • more affordable to build
  • more memorable for walkers
  • more equitable
  • more collaborative
  • more connected to more communities
  • more of a good self-investment

So far 1 in 5 routes are verified – which means at least three people have walked, reviewed and approved them. We now need help with the rest, and they’re spread all over Britain.

By helping you’ll get some steps in, go for an adventure and give other people the confidence to follow in your footsteps. Everyone wins.

The routes have already been drawn, to help:

  1. Choose a route from this website
  2. Walk it
  3. Review it

Watch this video to find out more!

You don’t need any special skills. Just the ability to walk the route you choose to walk.

Got any questions? We’re here to help. Email us at

We’d love for you to be a Slow Ways founder, and for your help with this mammoth project.

*To make
** We love trains too BTW. Can we have more please?

*** Photo by Bob Walters on Geograph

Slow Ways
Slow Ways is an initiative to create a national network of walking routes connecting all of Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages. It’s designed to make it easier for people to imagine, plan and go on walking journeys, walking further and for more purposes.