The month the world went badge crazy!
When you get into walking it's always a thrill to discover how friendly everyone is and how ready they are to say hello. It's always suggested to me a latent bond of comradeship that I find very heartening. Now take that faint warm buzz of fellowship and multiply it until it's approximately as hot and bright as the sun and that's how it feels when you're wearing your badge and you anticipate – maybe today, maybe this weekend – the chance of meeting another 'badger'. You're a grown adult, sure, but this is a very brightly-coloured badge. And it's a mighty big shared experience we're having!
Not got yours yet? You can order here. Please allow 28 days for delivery. We're sending as fast as we can!
Watch your amazing February video!
Are you in the new issue of country walking?
"What a fab magazine it is this month!" says subscriber Tasha Leigh-Willetts. "cracking articles and interesting walks I'm adding to my to-walk list".
#walk1000miles Ruff neck-tubes are here!
Versatile, stretchy and seamless microfibre neck tubes that keep you warm in the cold and cool in the warm, bearing the challenge logo with a background colour of black or blue. A pleasure to wear! (Dogs like to wear them too.) Please allow 28 days for delivery, though we aim to do better. Price: £9.95 delivered.
NB - Payments are handled by PayPal but you do NOT need a PayPal account to buy. Select the 'Pay by debit or credit card' option when offered to make a one-off payment without a PayPal account.
Benefits for Badgers! 15% off at Cotswold & Snow + Rock!
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 above.
Three continents in three months! Meet the globe-trotting #walk1000miles missionary!
Well, when we say missionary, we actually mean 48-year-old IT consultant Amanda Brown...
How did you get into #walk1000miles and how's it going?
I actually was very unfit and a larger lady, but suddenly something made me want to do something and joined a gym. Then I discovered the appeal of walking challenges by doing the London To Brighton Walk, and #walk1000miles is an extension of that. I am hooked! I have completely changed and now walking is my top hobby.
How have you walked in three continents already?
I have to travel a lot for my work, but it started off as a walking holiday in Northern Cyprus over New Year. Next stop was a trip to Abu Dhabi, where I walked many miles including in the sand dunes. Now I'm in South Africa working and have walked everywhere including in the Kruger National Park. Fantastic! It has been amazing walking in many places. Love the variety and the sights I have seen.
How many more places will you walk in before the year is out, do you think?
My year will continue much the same. I actually do some work for a charity challenge organiser now so I will see many UK places and will participate on a Great Wall of China event in October I hope. I am always spreading the word about walking as I go – it has changed my life after all!
You've 'liked' over a quarter of a million things since the last newsletter!
These were the top rated posts! (Click on the images to open the original posts in a new window.)
Cathy made a really cool bit of pottery!
Peter Simpson picked a LOAD of litter for the #cwspringclean
Jay Mistry made a friend!
Neil McLoughlin would like to introduce you to his new leg
Laura Whitaker has MS. It must stand for Miles with Smiles!
Clare Cornwell had a horrible shock four weeks ago, but with #walk1000miles on her side...
Daniela Leinweber has a great show-and-tell for us!
Gill Hayley is one turbocharged super-gran!
Jay didn't always look and feel this awesome...
(Read more about Jay in the Spring issue, out 3 March)
'Well that's possibly the most awesome & memorable walk I've ever done!!!' said Caroline, an inspiration to many.
Our 50 favourite pics of the month
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New t-shirt makes you happy!
New research on Jenny reveals our new sky-blue boots t-shirt triggers intense and spontaneous bouts of happiness. Check out the effects of a #walk1000miles t-shirt on your friends: click the image to see the whole range.
Challenger Andy Makepeace thought #walk1000miles was turning into a monster
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