Have you ever wondered how far a mile is on the ground and how long it would take you to walk it? In my mind I go back to the sports field at school to imagine the 100 metre and 400 metre tracks for shorter distances, then after that at some point I mentally move over from metric to imperial, and think about miles! I know that one big stride is about a metre. But how far is a mile on the ground?
One of the key aims of the Walk4Life website is to help people who don’t normally walk very far to be confident in their ability to walk a mile. The site, which of course uses Ordnance Survey mapping, shows thousands of walks of all length, but also has 2,012 special 1 mile long Walk4Life Miles. These are waymarked on the ground, with distinctive yellow waymarkers, and act as kind of ‘measured mile’ allowing people to learn how far, or indeed how short, a mile is.
The website doesn’t just have 1 mile long routes. There are walking routes of all lengths, 14,500 of them at the moment, and about 1,000 more are added each month. They are created by members of the public, and by organisations who promote walking or physical activity. We even have one member who is walking around the UK and using the site to plot his walk !
There’s more to it than just finding or creating a walk though, the site also allows users to build up a record of their walking activity, and to sign up to groups and challenges. Group members can add their walked miles to the group total and compete to walk the length of the Pennine Way (did you know, if you catch the bus each day you probably walk that far in a year anyway?), or Land’s End to John O’Groats, or whatever challenge takes their fancy.
This month is Walktober – the walk4life team are celebrating walking in the wonderful autumn weather and are giving away fabulous prizes. There is still just over a week to win a North Face jacket by mapping and completing walking four routes, or win a set of fab HandiHikes maps by creating a virtual group! HandiHike maps are really brilliant, and of course use Ordnance Survey maps too !
So, how long does it take you to walk a mile? And how many miles do you walk in average month ?… log on to www.walk4life.info and find out !