Saira Niazi

For as long as she can remember, Saira's loved wandering around, discovering new places, talking to strangers and recording her adventures. When she was in school she would often bunk off and end up exploring markets, museums, city streets and suburbs. She leads wandering tours, writes, and is Slow Ways' Community Story Lead.



Finding a slower way in Marseille

Saira reflects on what Slow Ways might look like in Marseille in the South of France and the benefits it could bring to its residents and travellers alive as she readies herself for a life change...

Mountains, midges and secret Lochs: a wild camping trip to Scotland

Although my first experience of wild camping wasn’t ideal, it opened my eyes to a wealth of walking possibilities and I felt a sense of freedom that I have never before experienced.

Moving forwards together – a coastal walk with Muslim Hikers and a refugee community

Saira joins Muslim Hikers and the refugee community of Napier Friends for a walk along the sea from Folkestone as part of Refugee Week Late this June, I joined Muslim Hikers and the refugee...

Mike’s Top 20 adventures!

As we bid farewell to Mike Tormey, Slow Ways star reviewer, Marshall Scholar, transport planner and all-round amazing person, we look back at what’s been an 'wildly joyful' journey through his top 20 adventures...

Mary marches on: two years, 200 walks

In between tunnel detours, Saira interviews inspirational Slow Ways reviewer Mary Austin as she passes the 200 routes mark, clocking up more than 1000 miles!

Eltham to Woolwich – friendship, finitude and… fintech?

Life-long friends, Saira and Aisha embark on an eventful walk in South London, taking in a palace, bluebell-filled woods, and bustling markets while talking tech, investment and times gone by…

Walking with Harold Fry

Our experiences of Covid showed just how important community spaces are. By taking these places away, people don’t encounter one another. We put up more boundaries, we don’t understand one another and this is dangerous, it’s counter to who we are.

Hastings to Rye: a journey through photos

From wandering into a ‘blessed little sea shanty’ at Pett Level beach to people watching at sunset beside the prettiest street in England – Saira reflects on the little things that made her walk from Hastings to Rye memorable