How to Walk Four Times Around the World.

Post 93: 2 January 2016 

After embarking on the Country Walking Magazine 1000 mile walk challenge with a 3 mile walk yesterday it occurred to me that how could this make a difference to me or the other over 10,000 members who have joined this ‘activity’. What would I miss if I hadn’t walked on a regular basis or if I didn’t continue to walk on a regular basis?

I hope you will be inspired to make the effort to do your regular 3 mile or whatever walk….

I am rapidly approaching the young age of 65 this month (my mother will be 94 this month so yes I am quite young really). So I have looked back at my walking experiences since the age of 21. It is not worth looking much before that as I was more into football, tennis, basketball and ‘other’ distractions from walking. A sporting injury at the age of 17 finished impact sports and led to my interest in walking.

The first verified person to walk around the World between 1970-74 was David Kunst who completed 14,450 miles.

I have calculated I have completed about 68,264 miles between the age of 21 and 65. Please note that for most of the years I had a dog and did my 3 mile walk every morning before going to work. (In fact I did more because I did shorter evening walks as well). In the last 10 years or so I have sometimes replaced the 3 mile walk with gym treadmill walking. I have also swam over the last 16 years and in the last 6 months cycled

Here is how the mileage has stacked up to the equivalent of four times around the World. I haven’t included just general walking to the shops, cinema, etc etc.

3 miles x 6 days x 52 weeks x 44 years = 41,184 miles

On the 7th day I would do a longer walk of on average 10 miles. 10 miles x 1 day x 52 weeks x 44 years = 22,880 miles

Annual long distance walks actually completed and recorded between 1990 and 2003 = 1200 miles

Total mileage = 41,184 + 22,880+ 1200 = 68,264

Divide this by 14,450 = 4.7 times around the World. 

If you wonder whether I walk on holiday yes I do. I recently completed 35 miles around a cruise ship! 175 laps of the ship.

Whilst the mileages are estimates they are pretty reliable as dogs don’t give you days off and even when I stopped having dogs (to make it easier to go on holidays and longer walks) I kept doing 3 mile walks through my village to keep me fit for the weekly and long walks.

A walking friend used to say that it was better to remember things we saw on walks in the memory rather than in photographs. Fortunately, I ignored this advice and always took photographs. The memory can fade.

So if I hadn’t walked the photographs below wouldn’t have been taken. They give an example of what I would have missed. If you get out and walk you will have some unexpected surprises.

These boots are made for walking. Waiting for friends on the Three peaks of Yorkshire, England
Ravenglass, the start of my 200 miles coast to coast walk: The North of England Way
The Menai Straights, Wales
Derwentwater sun snd storm
Derwent Water in the Lake District, England
A fairly rare Harlequin Duck, Iceland


Godafoss – Waterfall of the Gods,  and the Mobot, Iceland
Gullfoss, Iceland


The Golden Mile of Borrowdale, from Castle Crag, The Lake District, England


North Cape, the top of Norway in Winter.
Geiranger Church, Norway
Above Geiranger Fjord, Norway
Flam, Norway
Flam, Norway
Seven Sisters Cliffs, Sussex, England
The Flying Scotsman from my named Pulpit Rock on the North York Moors, England
York Minster, York, England – 275 steps, 70 metres to the top
The Hole of Horcum, North York Moors, England


My favourite beach, Porthcurno, Penwith, Cornwall
My favourite son-in-law and daughter. I only have one of each!
Botallack, Penwith, Cornwall, England
Levant Mines, Penwith, Cornwall, England
England’s only Cape, Cape Cornwall, Penwith, Cornwall


Near Land’s End, Penwith, Cornwall. It says I was going to miss the rocks but I got high. Make sure you don’t hit the rocks, keep walking.
St Ives, Penwith, Cornwall, England
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives.


Castlerigg Stone Circle and Food in Abundance

Post 92: 30 March 1994: The Cumberland Way, Day 4 – Keswick Youth Hostel to Dockray – 13 miles

At breakfast, we met two delightful French aupairs on a walking holiday. Unfortunately, out of eleven ‘O’ levels taken, French was the one I failed. I suspect the fact that we nicknamed our French teacher ‘Zombie’ and threw paper envelopes during class didn’t help my studies. This morning I was not going to get far in the conversation with my repertoire of:

‘Croissants’ (not on the breakfast menu).

‘Je suis Guillaume’ (my French school name)



Dan was able to put his language skills to good use and, after conversing in French for a while, I had to drag him away in order to finish the walk.

After leaving the hostel and walking through Keswick to the lakeside,we climbed to the top of the steep hill, Castle Head where, to our surprise, a Japanese lady was standing alone. She asked us to take her photograph with her camera in front of the dramatic views of Derwent Water and the fells of Cat Bells and Maiden Moor; we duly obliged. It is quite humbling how people from around the world are able to find such beautiful places, but many British people have never seen them, preferring to head for Tenerife, Majorca or Corfu.

We passed the famous Castlerigg Stone Circle, built in 1400BC, consisting of numerous stones, the tallest being about 7 feet high, then enjoyed views of Blencathra, Skiddaw and the Helvellyn range. After descending to the Church of St John’s in the Vale, we rested for lunch in the porch. A large group of ramblers joined us, most of whom were middle-aged women whose packed lunches were too big for them. Dan came into his own as they offered him their spare food. Not one to turn away food, he consumed about seven hard-boiled eggs; this was all very well for the ladies, but they did not have to walk with him. High winds had been forecast.

Leaving the friendly company, we joined the Old Coach Road to Dockray. By this time the winds were horrendous, but not as a result of boiled eggs. Despite the road being several feet wide, we were being blown sideways off it. I managed to take one photograph of Alan leaning into the wind at an angle of about 60 degrees. It was with relief when we eventually dropped down to the village of Dockray, much smaller than I had anticipated. Our bed and breakfast landlady was Irish and delighted in telling us all about the activities of priests in Ireland, some of which would have made excellent copy for the News of The World.

We spent the evening in a quite pub on the other side of the road, for once we did not have Cumberland Sausage.

The Walk 1,000 Miles 2017 Challenge Has Started. £645 Saved.

Post  91:  1  January 2017, 1,000 Mile Challenge

Happy New Year!


Today I started on the Country Walking Magazine Walk 1000 miles 2017 Challenge by completing a three mile walk through my village in the rain. I am fortunate in that once I get through the village I can see the Yorkshire Wolds in the far distance.  However, it was a murky morning and in the past I have had much better views than shown in the above photograph.

So how have I saved £645? Well my off peak gym membership expired yesterday and for various reasons I decided not to renew it:

The 1,000 mile challenge will offset the reduced gym exercise. It is like going full circle as for over 25 years, whilst at work, I used to do the three mile walk every morning through the village in all weathers and in darkness in the winter. My dogs then were fantastic Personal Trainers who never took no for an answer. Now retired and without dogs I can walk it in daylight.

The gym fees have just increased by 14% and my usage has decreased!

My wife and myself acquired Brompton bicycles in the summer and that takes up more time.

We have aged mothers (93 and 94) to visit in the Midlands, which requires a lot of time.

We have a son, daughter and son-in-law and two young grandchildren in the Midlands to visit, who are a delight.

So I will see how it goes. I can always continue swimming on a PAYG basis at my local University.

Rather interestingly through my neighbour, my book and my blog, I have come across a researcher who is using walking as a method of research. Something completely new to me. The blog is at:

Well worth a look and very interesting.

Miles Walked 3.06

Calories burnt 346

Steps 6161

Average pace 17.43 minutes per mile

Fastest mile split 16.58 in first mile

Maximum pace 13.18 minutes per mile.