Updated: Jan 1
The Walk 1000 Miles Challenge
It sounds like an epic adventure, but the walk 1000 mile challenge really is achievable and open to anyone from all walks of life (see what I did there 😉). You don’t have to scale Everest or complete the Fan Dance.
The challenge is to walk 1000 miles in one year. This may seem like a lot but it is equivalent to just 2.74 miles a day. You can aim for this every day or clock your miles up on awesome adventures only.
Some people count only #BootsOn steps. This means steps are only counted if out on a specific walk, outside of the house. However, if you prefer to step in front of the TV then that is fine too.
It is your challenge, your rules. The only person you are competing against is yourself.
The Walk 1000 miles website stats that it takes less than hour a day walking to hit 1000 miles in 12 months. Doing so dramatically cuts your risk of diabetes, heart attack, obesity, stroke and depression. Try the fun, free & flexible challenge 99.9% of participants recommend to a friend: it’s just 2.74 miles a day. You do not need to change your life; you do need to stick at it; you WILL feel an amazing difference.
2.74miles = circa 7k steps or 1609km / 4.04km per day
January - 57.96 miles
No adventures, just local everyday expeditions.
February - 48.2 miles
No adventures, just local everyday activities.
March - 62.45 miles
Ystradfellte Waterfalls Walk - 5 miles, 12k steps.
Local walk - 3 miles
Troserch Wood - 3.5 miles
April - 47.11 miles
Neath Abbey and Castles
Afon Forest Park
May - 49.12 miles
June - 62.58 miles
Top of the Woods
July - 54.22 miles
No adventures enjoyed local walks and garden.
August - 60.74 miles
Ammanford / Pantyffynnon / Betws
September - 51.25 miles
Ammanford Boar Festival
Get Outside Day
October - 41.35 miles
No adventures stayed local.
November - 43.94 miles
December - 44.07 miles
Llyn Llech Owain
Total distance walked during 2019 - 623.41 miles
As you can see I did not reach the target of 1000 miles and need to up my game considerably for 2020 as I am determined to walk the distance. It has been fun to track my progress and I am already looking forward to next year's challenge.
My favourite adventure of this year was the day we discovered Weobly Castle tucked away on our way to Whitford Lighthouse. It was a beautiful day with the weather, glorious scenery and the trek out to Lighthouse was a bucket list item ticked off.
You can read more about top places to visit in South Wales in an upcoming post in the new year.
Country Walking Magazine
The #walk1000mile challenge is a free challenge that everyone can sign up to. It's honesty-based and you are free to walk wherever and however you like.
Country Walking magazine and the challenge community online at the website walk1000miles.co.uk and Facebook group are there to motivate, celebrate and to provide advice.
They also give you free content and goodies with fantastic prizes from our partners. Sign up is free and you get updates, exclusive content, competitions and discounts. Everything you need to get ready to enjoy a life-changing year – one step at a time!
For Health, For Happiness, For Nature, For Adventure.
Over To You
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