So, it may seem odd to some that technology is a key factor in going out for a walk – but to track the miles achieved over the year, with the aim of hitting 1000 miles walked in 12 months a little help from technology is quite welcome.

Not only can you see where you’ve been – and keep an accurate log of the miles walked, it can encourage you to go the extra mile – knowing how far off a target you might be – or awarding arbitrary “awards” for getting so many miles under your belt.

I use a Garmin device – Vivoactive HR. Not only does it track where you’ve been – it keeps tabs on your heart rate, counts steps taken. If you want – it can remind you to move – useful if you have an office job!

So far it’s allowed me to track the miles so far.

We started on the 31st of December, returning to our favourite local spot – the Shining Cliff Woods in Ambergate, Derbyshire.

With the parking facilities full, we had to go a little way out to park at the Ambergate train station. Again – technology was a big help here – as we’d not taken any cash – and the phone was able to make a contactless payment using Apple Pay for the car park. Saved!

The only issue with the iPhone is the battery drain – so a power bank is a must on these walks.

Having to park at the station had the added bonus of adding a mile or so on to the walk.

So far, and I’m including dog walking even if it’s only to the poo bin and back so he can do his business (It’s all walking at the end of the day) I’ve clocked up 12.8 miles. Which is 2.14 miles per day – a little short of the average needed – but we’re off to the woods again tomorrow to boost the target.

Time for a walk

I’m new to the blogging scene, mainly due to being busy at work and at home, and having nothing specific to blog about. I could have blogged about the on going home improvements – but everyone’s doing that.

So what brings me back? Walking. Okay – so EVERYONE also walks.. but I’ve been made aware of a challenge – it’s the walk 1000 miles challenge in one year.

The idea is that you only need to walk 2.7 miles a day which would take on average 1 hour and you’ll hit the 1000 miles target in the year. Having done intense challenges in the past such as the National Three Peaks challenge and the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, a sustained year long challenge I can do with my wife and our Springer Spaniel is very appealing.

So this blog will document our travels and progress towards this aim.

Today’s walk took us into the Shining Cliff Woods in Derbyshire – close to Belper where we live. Starting on Holly Lane, we followed the track into the woods – taking the left hand fork to take us up past the reservoir and to the Youth Hostel. You can then follow the path down to the old wireworks where the new Shining Cliff Distillery operates from.

A good warm up – here’s to the 1000 miles in 2019!