Fill the gaps!


A strategic guide to the most needed routes right now. Want to claim a gap as your very own?

Once upon a time, not so very long ago…

… in fact recent enough that there are probably tins in your cupboard that are older, this map had no purple on it at all. In fact, purple was just an audacious twinkle of an idea. And now look at it!

Those purple lines are just the verified network. They’re just the routes that are at-least triple-tested and found to be good, safe, trustworthy, and as direct and accessible as the landscape will allow. They are box fresh and available to walk with confidence, right now.

Already you can walk from Manchester to Sheffield to Birmingham and beyond, and from Cardiff to Bristol to London and Brighton.

The 26 top strategic gaps to fill right now

We are only 26 filled gaps away from a really giant, map-covering network. With your help this autumn we can grow the tested routes up to Scotland, right through Mid Wales, and link in outcrops of purple in Norfolk, Kent and Cornwall.

You can see these gaps as a waylist here, which tells you the details of each route.

The A to Z of strategic gaps, Autumn 2023

And how do you fill a gap? Check out the waylist to help you chose a gap and see what routes it’s made up of. Then walk the routes, altogether in one challenge trek, one by one over a few weekends, or even cut a route in shorter sections if time is tight. Review the routes after you’ve walked them – each route needs three positive reviews to be verified. And if you didn’t think the route was good enough, that’s important too. You could suggest an alternative if you have ideas. If the route needs more than one review to get its snail badge of verification perhaps you could rustle up a friend or two to walk with you? The satisfaction is epic!

Want to grab yourself a gap to fill? Forever say you were the one to fill gap J or X? Maybe you’ve got the energy to call M, F, Q or A your own?

We’re getting organised, and if you’d like to claim a gap please let us know here. We’ll put a battleplan spreadsheet together and share it with you in the week of Oct 2nd.

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.