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Doing anything incredible this summer?

The best time to start walking is when you’re 9 months old; the second best time is now. Why? Walking is time and again revealed by scientific study to be the best all-round exercise you can do – strengthening bones, boosting energy and mental function, keeping the most annoying and the most serious ailments at bay, and just bringing out the happiest, healthiest, glowingest version of you. It feeds your mind and starves your insecurities, fills your head with memories and turns back the clock the moment you start doing it.

And the great thing is the sportsfield starts right outside your door and you don’t even need to get changed – any kind of mile is a good mile and you can start once you’ve finished that cup of tea.

It’s brilliant because repays you in the short-term (‘I feel better for that walk’) and cumulatively (‘I never used to be able to do that!’), because it’s free, fun and flexible and you were lucky enough to live in a country with the best public footpath network in the world. In fact the only thing that could make it any better in fact would be a readymade friend-group and a spur to motivate you even when the sofa’s exerting an extra-powerful gravitational pull. And that’s where our 500-mile challenge comes in – and whether you want a summer to remember, you’re new to our challenges and want to take the rest of the year, or you’re doing #walk1000miles and your campaign needs a turbo-boost we urge you to grab the new 500-mile progress tracker chart below and take part. 


Download your printable 500-mile progress charts here!

Click on the image of the tracker you want to download and print – the chart (0.7MB) or Fjällräven Top rucksack (1.2MB). Stick them on your fridge, get walking and don't forget to join the 500-mile Facebook group! (More info in the May issue of Country Walking.)

Want to go for 1000? Here’s your progress chart for that.

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