CHOOSE YOUR DISTANCE
Think about how long you want your walk to last and go from there. An average walking pace is around 3 miles per hour - so if you want to be walking for four hours, a 13 mile route would be a good distance to aim for.
CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION
Do you want to start your walk from your front door, or to walk somewhere picturesque? Are there accessibility requirements for some of your walkers? Or perhaps you would like to walk somewhere meaningful to a loved one - a favourite park or along the beach?
PLOT YOUR ROUTE
Now you know where and for how long, it’s time to deal with the details. Use Google, or, you know, a good old fashioned map, and plot your route. It could be one big loop, walking between pit-stops, or a few times around a special place - it’s really up to you. Just bear in mind, you might need access to toilets, and plan some places to have a break and refuel along the way.
CHECK THE WEATHER
Keep an eye on the weather, if there’s going to be high winds and lots of rain, your route might not be safe to walk, so you might need to have a back up plan. This is especially important if your route follows a river or is along the coast. Even if the weather is OK on the day, a week of rain might have made steep hills slippery, or rivers to run high, so be careful.
BE SAFE BE SEEN
If you’ve decided to walk when it’s going to be dark, make sure you stay safe. Wear something reflective, take a torch and some spare batteries, and make sure you tell someone what your planned route is going to be, just in case you get lost.
WHAT TO TAKE
We hope you don’t need to use it, but always carry a first aid kit! Most people don’t need telling this, but take a phone with you, so you can call for help if you need to, or incase you or someone with you gets injured along the way.
Most of the time you need to be prepared for changeable weather, so thin layers and a packable waterproof jacket are a good idea.
Take into consideration guidelines from the government regarding COVID-19. Check any local lockdown restrictions, take plenty of hand sanitizer, remember your mask, and always stick to government guidance. This means you might need to cap the number of people you walk with, so keep up to date with the latest information in your area.