Bradt’s Slow Travel Guides
Bradt Slow Travel Guides are all written by local people, to help you find hidden spots off the tourist track. Rather than tell you to go visit an aquarium or zoo (or buy stuff at a designer retail outlet), these books will tell you the best local walks. The books also contain a lot of good info on native wildlife, right on your doorstep. Also covers pubs that serve good beer, and how to get there without a car.
Also read Slow Travel, about travelling at your pace again, without falling for the temptation of cheap airlines, last-minute tickets and overzealous tour operations. This book showcases journeys to nourish the soul. From wellness escapes to digital detox destinations, this book includes helpful slow travel planning tips including what music to listen to, and how to adjust holiday time to a human pace.
Slow Travel: The Midlands
- The Peak District features dales to abandoned mills, historical ruins, pubs and national parks. Includes an emphasis on car-free travel (walking, cycling, boating, buses and trains) and a guide to the spa town of Buxton.
- Shropshire features craft beers to gingerbread heritage, plus details of indie shops and galleries. Features Ludlow (the slow food capital of England) which PG Wodehouse described as ‘the nearest earthly place to paradise’.
- The Chilterns & The Thames Valley covers chalk grasslands, beech woods, streams and wooded valleys, plus rare wildlife and birds like red kits, lapwings and skylark. Also find Britain’s oldest road, Henley Regatta and Grand Union Canal.
Slow Travel: Northern England
- Yorkshire Dales features wildlife, history and local food and drink, plus plenty of walking routes. Features info on caves, scenic rivers, waterfalls and limestone flora.
- Cheshire features a largely rural landscape and forests alongside the town of Chester and ancient castles. You’ll also discover canals, perfect for waterside strolls or boating.
- North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds features the ancient city of York and the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, along with the Yorkshire Nature Triangle, known for its birds and wildlife (barn owls, otters and dolphins). Also covers the 10 long-distance paths in the area, plus sandy beaches and rocky coves.
- Northumberland features Europe’s largest area of protected night sky, a national park and 40 walks along beaches, over hills and through valleys. Includes info on Hadrian’s Wall, wildlife and islands in England’s most tranquil county.
Slow Travel: Southern England
- The Cotswolds features the three gateway towns of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath and Oxford, alongside England’s longest river, the Cotswolds and stately homes.
- Sussex features car-free travel, bikes, steam trains and volunteer-run buses along with a solar-powered craft in Chichester harbour. Discover the coast and the South Downs and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, along with a full-sizes replica of the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in an obscure modern church.
Slow Travel: East of England
- Suffolk features bird-watching paradises, nature reserves and coastal landscapes. Find local estuaries, remote marshes, reed-beds, beaches, shingle banks and dunes. Also discover Constable Country and the Stour Valley.
- Norfolk features car-free travel, walking, local food and pubs. Visit Great Yarmouth and the Norfolk Broads, alongside the Fens and Breckland region in the south. Includes tips on butterflies, hiking and biking and literary connections.