#walk500/1000miles newsletter 12

Something wonderful this way comes...

The biggest challenge in walking is coming back even bigger and better in 2018.

You can sign up now for the 2018 challenge. Click the logo!


 Guy Procter, editor, Country Walking (I don't know why I'm posing like that either)

Guy Procter, editor, Country Walking (I don't know why I'm posing like that either)

It's a somewhat abbreviated newsletter this time but I hope with good reason: we've just launched the 2018's challenge's new home and are getting ready for a bumper launch edition of the mag for the new year. I can't wait for you to check them out. Working at Country Walking has always been a pleasure and a privilege but seeing #walk1000miles grow from a tiny idea to a tidal wave of joy has been an unbelievable thrill. I remember the excitement when we reached 1000 Facebook group members some point in mid-2016, and somehow by the end of the year challenge uptake had swelled to 25,000. Who knows where we will get to in 2018, but in a way I don't care. It's not about filling a stadium (although bring along the Proclaimers and wouldn't it be fun?) or forming a gigantic team (boy we'd rule at British bulldog); it's about individual lives changed and a sense of common cause that helps lift us all to new heights. Something big, and warm and friendly. Because as I've always said, while they might enjoy silence and sometimes solitude, walkers don’t walk to get away from other people or escape the ‘real world’, they walk to discover it; to better feel at home in it and in themselves. It’s a better me that returns from any walk; I dare say you feel it’s a better you that completes 1000 miles. The world seems bigger and better on foot, and it is better for having more people on foot. So I hope you’ll join the challenge again next year, and maybe recruit a friend or relation. We’re doing a good thing here and I can’t imagine life without it!

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Have you ordered your medal yet?

They're just £7.50 delivered and and as good as you hope.

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The medals are fab and well worth the money👌
— Rheian Wilson
I’m a very Happy medal-wearing bunny today
— Gina Crees
Got mine this morning. Much whooping took place!
— Pete Winson
Just so proud and happy with my medal
— Jacine Clark

What happened when we hand-delivered the first two medals to unsuspecting completers!


will you tell us what you thought?

Take a quick survey about the effect #walk1000miles or #walk500miles has had on you and you could win one of 20 #walk1000miles 2017 caps or Ruffs – never available again!

We won't use the information you provide to do anything but spread the word about the challenge, and who knows whose life your experience might nudge towards a brighter future? 


The new issue's out today!

Bursting with challenge news, competitions, gift ideas, inspiration and... the Queen! Click the pic to secure your copy.