how #walk500miles works (it's probably simpler than you think!)

1. you walk

You can choose to record all your steps or just walks you wouldn't otherwise have done – whatever suits your level of fitness and ambition. You need to average about an hour per day whatever method you decide on.

2. You talk

#walk500miles has the best Facebook group in the world! You can get ideas, help, make friends, share your walks, arrange meet-ups or just shoot the breeze.

3. You record

You can use your activity tracker, GPS-based app on your phone, by map-reading or by using Google Maps to work out each walk's mileage, and your official progress tracker is inside the current issue of Country Walking (it's free to download if you have either issue too.) Your progress tracker will also qualify you for entry to win competitions with prizes from our partners through 2017. (Here's where you can get Country Walking, which contains your progress tracker inside the back page, and key to download a copy). You can always check how your daily target average changes with your total miles using the mileage calculator on the challenge homepage.

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4. You celebrate

Country Walking keeps you up to date with inspiration, walking routes, gear advice, competitions and we put as many of you in print as we can and we celebrate every milestone in the group, in e-newsletters. It's the UK's best-selling and fastest-growing outdoors magazine – and you can find out why with free overnight delivery of the latest issue (and easy payment) here.

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5. you feel great!

Over 90% of participants say they feel a greater sense of self-esteem through walking regularly, two-thirds report greater body confidence and science is almost daily discovering ways in which walking about an hour a day fixes pretty much everything.

6. more questions? hit the logo below for our faqs