Tim Locke

Tim Locke

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Based in Lewes in Sussex, Tim Locke is a freelance writer and editor specialising in travel in England and Wales. He has worked on titles for a wide range of publishers and outlets, covering sustainable tourism, walking in Britain, national parks in England, pubs, bridges of the world and even history books for children. He has walked in every county in Britain, and devised and researched well over 500 published routes.

For Bradt Travel Guides he created a brief for authors for the Slow Travel series, identifying the key components of ‘Slow’ – which included the idea that local differences should be sought out and celebrated.

‘The idea dawned on me some years before,’ says Tim ‘when undertaking a sustainable tourism project in the Broads. I didn’t know the area that well, and had to visit a number of local businesses and run a workshop, so spent a couple of days driving around to get the feel of the area. I soon realised that to get the essence of the Broads it isn’t necessary to go very far at all: within a few miles you can pick out some of the key elements, and if I revisited I’d much rather toddle around in a canoe, pop into a waterside pub or stroll along a river than charging around attempting to see everything in an impressionistic whirl. And the same goes for so many other localities. It’s sniffing out those little nuances that make up a sense of place and talking to local people that makes travel worthwhile.’

He has edited various titles for Bradt and written Slow Sussex & South Downs National Park (2011, a year after series-editing the first three Slow guides) and Slow Travel Sussex (publication February 2017).

Tim’s website is at www.timlocke.co.uk and has a dedicated Facebook page on Slow Travel Sussex at www.facebook.com/SlowSussex.

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