The 'Slow' series evolved, slowly, from an editorial meeting at Bradt Travel Guides when we started to explore ideas for guides to Great Britain. We wanted to get away from the usual 'topsights' formula and encourage our authors to bring out the nuances and local differences that make up a sense of place - such things as food, building styles, nature, geology, or local people and what makes them tick. Our aim was to create a series that celebrates the present, focusing on sustainable tourism, rather than taking a nostalgic wallow in the past.
So without our realising it at the time, we had defined 'Slow Travel', or at least our concept of it. For the beauty of the Slow movement is that there is no fixed definition; we adapt the philosophy to fit our individual needs and aspirations. Thus Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow, writes: 'The Slow Movement is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. It's not about doing everything at a snail's pace, it's about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savouring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It's about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting.' And travel.
So take time to explore. Don't rush it, get to know an area - and the people who live there - and you'll be as delighted as the authors by what you find.
Hilary Bradt, Founder, Bradt Travel Guides
Slow Travel: The Cotswolds is one of a series of 'Local, characterful guides to Britain's special places', all published by Bradt Travel Guides and each one written by an author who lives within the area and knows its characteristics well.
Click on the link to take you to the Slow Travel series on the website of Bradt Travel Guides:
Cotswolds by Caroline Mills
Cornwall by Kirsty Ferguson
Dorset by Alexandra Richards
Dumfries & Galloway by Donald Greig & Darren Flint
East Devon & the Jurassic Coast by Hilary Bradt & Janice Booth
New Forest by Emily Lawrence Baker
Norfolk by Laurence Mitchell
North Devon & Exmoor by Hilary Bradt
North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds by Mike Bagshaw
Northumberland by Gemma Hall
Peak District by Helen Moat
Shropshire by Marie Kreft
South Devon & Dartmoor by Hilary Bradt & Janice Booth
Suffolk by Laurence Mitchell
Sussex by Tim Locke
Yorkshire Dales by Mike Bagshaw