Bradt Slow Travel Guides are a popular series of books, beautifully written by local people to find hidden spots that are off the tourist track. Rather than read yet another guidebook to tell you visit big museums, art galleries and shopping centres, these books focus in local walking and cycling routes, tiny little tea rooms and undiscovered gems, that will help you relax – whether you live in the area or are taking a holiday.
Slow Travel Guides: 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 Guides: 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 anciety 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 Guides: Southern England
- East Devon & The Jurassic Coast features local vineyards, the Blackdown Hills, a car-free circuit map, the best bluebell woods and a chapter on Exeter and nearby seaside resorts.
- Somerset features Bath, Wells, the Mendip Hills, Exmoor National Park and International Dark Sky Reserve. Also includes info on Quantock and the Blackdown Hills and the Somerset coast.
- Dorset features rolling hills, thatched houses, narrow winding lanes and stunning stately homes and gardens, alongside enchanting landscape of Thomas Hardy country. Also includes info on the South West Coast Path and seaside walks.
- North Devon & Exmoor features wild rugged coastline, deep river valleys, heather-covered moorland and family-friendly sandy beaches, plus great surfing and enchanted villages. Along with some of the prettiest villages in England. Exmoor is also home to Britain’s largest mammal, the red deer.
- Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly features details of a rugged, storm-lashed north coast and wide sandy beaches favoured by surfers, plus sheltered creeks and coves.
- South Devon & Dartmoor features car-free travel ideas (walking, cycling and rivers, plus local buses and trains). There’s plenty of local food, campsites and literary links from Agatha Christie to Conan Doyle.
- 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 Paviliion in Brighton, along with a full-sizes replica of the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in an obscure modern church.
- Exmoor National Park features 13 walks with maps across 10 regions and includes villages, nature reserves, private gardens and interesting little churches. Exmoor is one of England’s smallest yet most beautiful national parks. Includes tips on the long coastline including wild swimming.
Slow Travel Guides: 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.