start something amazing – walk 500 miles

Your body is its own doctor. Use it as it’s adapted to perform best and it will repay you with the finest private medical care money can’t buy. Study after study confirms, walking outdoors for about an hour a day is the optimum contribution you can make to your health and happiness. And that’s just about how long it takes to walk an incredible 500 miles – seven times longer than Hadrian’s Wall – in six months. Against diabetes, arthritis, stroke, obesity, depression and more, there is no more potent panacea than walking, and with the friendly spur of your 500 mile target – and the medal that awaits the worthy – you’ll be amazed how far you can go. Already closing in on this target as part of your #walk1000miles? Iron-clad your determination and reward yourself on a job well done, with our 500-mile medal.

#walk500miles is the sister of the award-winning #walk1000miles challenge from Britain’s best-selling outdoors magazine, Country Walking. You can find more about the incredible benefits of walking about an hour a day – and read others’ experiences of doing our challenges – at the 1000-miles homepage.

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How many miles a day is it?

It takes under an hour a day – just 2.7 miles – to walk 500 miles in six months.

How many miles a day do I need to average to hit 500 by the end of the year?

Enter miles walked so far

‘If I can do it while perpetually exhausted (I have ME) and still have fun, so can you. You’ll feel so much better mentally, discover loads of interesting places and meet a lovely community of people.’
— Susan Hammond
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Download and print your progress charts – start any time

‘My medal’s arrived! And I feel so bloomin’ proud!’
— Tanya Sutton

Things to do next

‘It’s easier to fit into a busy lifestyle than you think. I’m a nurse and mum of a 7 and 4 year old, so life is busy, but now walking is part of all our lives’
— Jaimee Reynolds
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