Posted: Sat 22nd Jun 2024

Volunteer to create and expand walking routes around Wrexham on Slow Ways

Wrexham.com for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

Crowd-created mapping project ‘Slow Ways’ are looking for local volunteers to join up and expand the local effort.

Slow Ways explain that they are “….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.

Using existing paths, ways, trails and roads, people can use Slow Ways routes to walk or wheel between neighbouring settlements, and combine them to create longer distance trips. It’s designed to make it easier for people to imagine, plan and go on walking journeys.

There are currently over 8,000 Slow Ways stretching for over 120,000km. This network of routes was created by 700 volunteers during the Spring 2020 lockdown, creating a unique Slow Ways map in the process.

The current challenge is to walk, review and verify them all – checking 120,000km of Slow Ways in the process.

They add, “While there are thousands of miles of paths linking places across Great Britain, there isn’t a comprehensive and trusted network designed to help people walk off-road between towns and cities. That’s what the Slow Ways initiative, with its distinctive geometric connections, is creating.”

Locally there is a route between Rhos and Chirk that needs creating and reviewing, with other suggestions and creations welcome – as well as trying out ones that already exist.

You can view the Wrexham subsection and learn more on https://beta.slowways.org/Settlement/Wrexham



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