After completing Country Walking magazine’s #walk1000miles in 2017 I asked the question: “Shall I continue this challenge in 2018?” Yeah, why not and four months into 2018 I have completed over 440 miles. Unfortunately, this early part of 2018 will be remembered as a very muddy one.
The #BeastfromtheEast and the #MiniBeastfromtheEast dumped snow in volumes and most of this soaked into the ground. Any rainfall has added to this and kept the terrain far more muddy than this time last year. The majority of my country walks this year have been in boots whereas last year I wore them on two occasions!
My plan this year was to walk every day and this I did manage for January and February reaching over 240 miles. This compared to the 127 miles completed the at the end of February in 2017. March I missed eight days and April I missed six days where I didn’t complete a walk. This has resulted in completing 447.76 miles for this April compared to the end of April 2017 where my total was 459.5 miles.
This year I have plans to do a National Trail. Two high on my list are the Pennine Way which I originally planned to do this when I was 16 (45 years ago) but never made it to the start and the West Highland Way mainly due to positive reviews from walkers completing this route. Depending on the information gained from research regarding the distances adding both these trails together will net around 350 miles towards #walk1000miles in 2018. This leaves only 210 miles left and I know I can do this in one month as I achieved this distance during last April.
Let us hope that the next four months sees the sun shinning and the mud drying.
January to April monthly totals for #walk1000miles in 2018
January 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles
January total 183.9 km 114.27 miles
February 28 days X 2.74 miles / day = 76.72 miles 161.66 miles
February total 203.4 km 126.38 miles cumulative total = 240.65 miles
March 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 246.6 miles
March total 140.2 km 87.12miles cumulative total = 327.77 miles
April 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles 328.80 miles
April total 193 km 119.925 miles cumulative total = 447.76 miles
Now 552.24 left to do.