Slow Marathon 2016 is a 26 mile/42 km walk along the River Deveron. The route is inspired by artist Anne Murray and musician Jake Williams through the With and Against the Flow project.
Rivers have always proved to be magnets for people, particularly walkers using banks as a resting point or place of reflection. Rivers cross borders and shape cultural landscapes, fulfilling a special role in tradition, history and art. Nowhere else is the species' richness as large as on the waterfront, with rivers being carriers of myths and legends. Lifelines for people and nature: rivers and their natural floodplains provide diverse habitats for many plant and animal species and are centres of biodiversity. Through trade and transport routes, rivers have always allowed access to the outside world. We use them for industrial production, for electricity generation, for cleansing and for leisure. As such, they are often regulated, straightened and dammed. Excessive use of rivers has endangered their operation, seen in recent times in our and other parts of the world.
The discussion on rivers on Sunday 17 April, Pathmaker's Gathering: River Talks, will reflect our use of water, and the shaping of landscape and culture for walkers and others.