slow travel

There’s a sea mist hanging over the cliff today and all views are gone, such a difference from yesterday when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I sat in the back whilst a robin sang his heart out for 15 minutes. Reading an old magasine I came across an article on the slow travel movement which is all about taking your time and getting to know a place properly, allowing your own curiosity to take you off a chosen path and to explore the unknown.

off the chosen path

It tends to vere towards eco- tourism therefore public transport is encouraged. In an age where we rely so heavily on the internet and apps to find our information; with mobiles and email to keep us in touch and ipods and ipads to keep us entertained, it’s rather refreshing to put all that to one side and rely on old fashioned ways to communicate and travel. The magasine writer who went for a weekend in Pembrokeshire had to get there by rail and bus, finishing with a 15 minute walk, but once at his destination and 12 hours later had let go of his urban paced outlook and adjusted to the slow pace of West Wales.

Whitsand Bay is ideally located for a slow travel holiday; a First Great Western train ride to Plymouth (with the wonderful coastal stretch from the Exe estuary through Dawlish), then crossing the main road outside the train station, via the footbridge, to the bus stop on the other side and from there the 81 or 81C will drop you off at Freathy on Military road ( the coastal road). From there it’s a 5 minute walk to the chalet. See this older post here.

I know the terms pyschogeography and mythogeography and indeed know people who use these for their creative art, in this digital age it’s becoming more and more likely to find a creative approach to the above, certainly performance is moving in that direction. In November 2011 I co-created a 20 minute theatrical journey (Damnation Alley) around the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, and in researching it found many different downloads and pod casts happening in train stations, shops, theatres and festivals- even your own home, the list goes on.

Damnation Alley is downloadable here onto an MP3 player ready for you to participate or if you are not in the area of Plymouth and South West England then you can see it here on You Tube.

I also note that the guide Slow Cornwall is coming out in June published by Bradt Travel guides and I look forward to reading that when it’s in the shops, it will be interesting to see if they include our little corner as other guides tend to miss it out, I will keep you posted.


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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