‘I feel happy, proud, energetic and loving being outdoors – I feel I have got a life!’
— Doug Stewart

Walk1000miles: demon-slayer

Did doing the challenge help with depression and self-image?

'Helped my depression and I lost weight' says Shaun Garrett, 49; 'I feel so much happier – I'm a completely different person' says Julia Martin; 'Really helped me stay motivated to get out there and see so much of our beautiful countryside, and massively helped to keep my anxiety and depression under control" says Mark Taylor, 33. The experience of challengers confirms the science: regular walking boosts confidence, creativity, mood and is at least as effective as medicine at treating mild to moderate depression. Bust out your boots and find your happy.