Slow Broadband

The internet speeds we can get here in the woodland are remarkably slow. You might not even be surprised by that – after all, living in a woodland must have its downsides. Otherwise everyone would do it!

That said, it can always be worse. I was recently reading an article that revealed the ‘slowest street’ in the UK, this seems to be a movable feast. But currently that accolade goes to  Kingsclere in Huntington, York, was identified as having an average speed of 0.22 megabits per second (Mbps), 830 times slower than Darwin Street in Livingston, Scotland, where average speeds stand at 182.52Mbps, according to

Similarly, a 45-minute HD TV show would require 24 hours to download for those living in Kingsclere, while in Darwin Street it would take under two minutes.

A 16-minute drive away from Kingsclere and the average speed in York Road, Elvington, is 135.56Mbps.

Superfast fibre broadband is available on seven out of the 10 slowest streets, including Kingsclere, suggesting that consumers are being deprived of a better service by a lack of awareness, said.

The research – based on 122,845 speed tests carried out on the price comparison service in the 12 months up to the end of September – found that a fifth (19%) struggle with speeds of less than 10Mbps.

However, the number able to access faster speeds is growing, with 38% receiving speeds of more than 30Mbps, an increase from less than a quarter (22%) reported four years ago.

USwitch is a reliable website, but you may want to consider some of the comparison alternatives.

Why? Because they compare local deals such as those in the Wilderness area.

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