Done your first 500 and want to pin up morale-boosting proof for all to see? Smashed the magic 1000 and looking for something fitting to grace the downstairs loo wall? Just want something to hold up and hold while saying 'Yay!' for your next Facebook post?
Download and print your choice of our official completion certificates by clicking on one of the images below!
Your badge just got even more valuable!
Show your badge at any of the 100 Cotswold and Snow + Rock stores in the UK (or for online shopping use the code provided in your newsletter email – which isn't for sharing, please!) and watch what happens...
[Spoiler alert!] You'll see a meaty 15% slice disappear from your bill! That's right, choose from over 250 top brands and pay less for all them. Not got a badge yet? That's easily fixed.
Find your nearest Cotswold or Snow + Rock stores by clicking the logos below. Not got a badge? They're £2 delivered. Hit the button at the bottom to order yours.
Save 10p, 50p or even more for every mile you walk! Great incentive and adds up fast. This is Juliet Marshall’s.
Make a scrapbook of your walks – maps, mementoes, doodles and more. This is Kate Gillingham’s.
Turn it into a virtual walk and see how far you get – Tash Leigh-Willetts is into her second year walking a virtual circuit of Britain
Start a blog – this is Jacqui Sykes’ on Facebook page, ‘Go Jacqui Go’
Compile a photo book using a site like Photobox, Albelli, Vistaprint – this is Christina Lander’s
Upcycle an hold road atlas into a record of places you've walked – or want to. This is Denise Law’s.
Record the seasons by taking weekly shots of the same place – Ann Grundy has started on her regular route
Pick up a few bits of litter like Emmajo Tuczemskyi Haslam does. Many hands make clean countryside! (See the March for details of our Spring Clean campaign!)
As of 22 December the number of declared miles among completers in the Facebook group members totalled a whopping 1,041,820! And thanks to Susan Miller we are able to publish all their names here.
Well done to one and all!
Susan May Arslan
Melissa Buckler Smith
Graham Crawford White
Lisa Jane Coley
Darren Keith Chittock
Sarah L Drabble
Neil de Rue
Cheryl M Evans
Annie Nannie Spot Finlay
Ali Fawcett Wood
Amanda Karen G Goldston
Bev Joy Lock
Peggy La Rue
Carole Ludlow Mooney
Robert Lockwood Drabble
Cheryl Munder Evans
Lisa Marie Marshall
Catherine Marson was Bull
Hazel Mc Dowell
Leanne Mc Dongh
Margaret Mc Guire
Tina Ng A Mann
Matthew O` Brien
Penny Price Jones
Jan Louise Peterson
Paul Rick Rickelsford
Maggie de Rozario
Mellissa B Smith
Scott Skiz Skirrow
Luke Van Lincoln
Andrew John White
Anne E Woods
Darren Keith Chittock
Anna Marie Johnson
Christine Lowe Jones
Mickie Mixman Ness
Sally Oakley Qajar
Colin Andrew Kennedy
Richard Mc Chesney
Gail F Harris
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
It's really very simple, as you'll see from the how it works page. All you do is walk an average of 2.74 miles a day in 12 months, and record those miles on a Progress Tracker sheet available with Country Walking magazine. In fact you don't even need to record your miles on our progress tracker (though there are reasons you might want to – see below). The 2017 challenge officially launches with a supplement in the February edition of Country Walking ('HOW TO WALK 1000 MILES AND WHY IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE') out on 5 January, with tons of advice and ideas as well as experiences from people who did the challenge in 2016, and a competition to win a gear makeover.
HOW DO I RECORD MY MILES?
Any way you choose: using a wearable activity tracker, an app on your phone (like OS Maps, Viewranger, MapMyWalk or many others), using a map and a piece of string or with the help of Google Maps. You can see what most people in our Facebook group are using by clicking here, and you can keep tabs on how your daily average target changes by using our instant mileage tracker on the challenge homepage. Just enter your total miles so far to find out how many you've got to average a day for the remainder of the year. (Tip: miles put in early on really help your motivation later in the year!)
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT/UPLOAD MY MILES ANYWHERE?
No. The main thing is you keep track of them yourself. But post in the group when you reach milestones and the amazing group member Susan Miller somehow keeps a track of it all and with her help we publish completers lists in the magazine periodically.
WHAT MILES / STEPS CAN I COUNT TOWARDS MY TOTAL?
This is an honesty-based challenge and not a competition and it's up to you what rules you apply to your challenge. Some people – particularly those starting from a lower fitness level – are counting every step while others are only counting planned walks beyond their everyday pottering. Others still count only the miles they cover with walking boots on – that's what people mean when they refer to 'boots on' miles. It's up to you.
IS THERE A LEADER BOARD?
No. #walk1000miles is not a race to the finish and the only person you are competing with is last year's version of yourself! Your milestones will be celebrated by the community as heartily whether it's 10, 50 or a multiple of 100 you're hitting. The main thing is surprising yourself not impressing anyone else – but we're pretty sure you will do both!
ARE THERE ANY REWARDS?
Oh, only your fitter, happier, sleeker new self! But having said that, if you've signed up and got a progress tracker you'll be eligible for multiple competitions on the challenge homepage, in the monthly newsletter and in the magazine. You will also be able to download free completion certificates, and buy challenge merchandise like the cool stuff we had in 2016. There are also badges (pins if you're from the US) which declare your participation and which have proved highly covetable! There will be 1000 given away free to holders of the March issue (out 2nd Feb) and they will be sold soon after.
WHERE DO I GET A PROGRESS TRACKER?
The Progress Tracker is available inside the back cover of the January, February and March issues of Country Walking and will continue to be available via download using a code in whatever is the current issue of the magazine.
WHY DO I NEED A PROGRESS TRACKER?
We've found the Progress Tracker addictive to fill in, and it gives a real sense of common cause, but perhaps as importantly you'll need to upload a photo of your progress tracker to enter competitions to win gear from our partners. This enables us to stop professional competition-enterers winning prizes when real #walk1000miles challengers deserve them!
I'M NEW TO THE FACEBOOK GROUP AND I'M SHY! I'M SURE MY QUESTIONS WILL HAVE BEEN ASKED LOTS OF TIMES BEFORE SO SHOULD I STAY QUIET SHOULDN'T I?
NO! There is now a year's-worth of experience in the group and everyone is delighted to help each other out. Talking is good! Saying that a question had been answered before would be a serious breach of etiquette and would never happen anyway as I'm pretty sure this is the nicest group of people on the internet! Please don't stay quiet. And now the group is so big, posting and commenting is the best way to stay involved in conversations and make friends – there is too much going on to keep track of every single post and person.
WHAT'S A BADGER?
In 2016 we gave away and later sold over 2000 'I'm doing it!' challenge badges. Someone at some point decided people who wore them should be called 'badgers'. Later, some of them started meeting up for the occasional walk, which was fun, and they're still happening. We will make 2017 badges available via Country Walking soon if you'd like to be a 2017 badger! (And by the way, if you see any other words or references you don't understand do ask: we don't want any exclusiveness here, all are welcome on any in-joke!)
WHO'S BEHIND THIS?
Country Walking, which is the UK's best-selling walking magazine and which has been continuously published every month for the past 29 years. (It makes a great challenge companion: if you subscribe now you also get a year's free access to Ordnance Survey's mapping for the whole of the country on your phone, tablet and computer, worth £23.99.)
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!
Head to this 'pinned' post, always available at the top of the group's home page and post your question.
People across the country often don't realise the difference walking can make to their health and wellbeing, and we know #walk1000miles can change that fast! Putting up posters in doctors' surgeries, libraries, workplaces and public facilities can really get the message out to people of might be suffering from all kinds of things walking could help with. If you can help with the outreach, who knows what good you might do? If you'd like to be sent some high-quality A3 versions of our posters please fill in the form below.
If you can't wait for the postman you can print your own posters by downloading them in high-quality PDF form here.
If you'd like to share any of the posters on social media or email, just click them below to open up a high-resolution JPEG you can drag to your desktop or save where you wish.
Iron-clad your ambition by going public with your downloadable pledge!
Click the button to download and print your 2017 #walk1000miles, then share it on your Facebook, Twitter or fridge door!
It was a hugely popular thing to do last year – some of the examples of which you can see below – and it helps give you even more motivation to keep on keeping on!