Slow but steady: Brits spent more time walking in 2016

While not the fastest, British walkers spent more time on foot than anyone else in Europe in 2016, conquering an average of 8.1 miles per trip.


That’s according to the latest statistics from outdoor discovery app, ViewRanger, which found that on average Brits like to get out for 3 hours 4 minutes on each walking trip. In contrast, Slovakian walkers spent just 2 hours 17 minutes walking on average.


The statistics included data from millions of walking routes recorded by app users throughout the year.

However, Brits also prefer to take a more leisurely pace, walking at 2.6 miles per hour on average.  German walkers proved the fastest covering an average of 9.3miles at 3.3mph while American walkers appear to take a more leisurely approach than any in Europe, travelling at 2mph and covering 8 miles.

The results follow the launch of ViewRanger’s 2017 Outdoor Challenges, designed to inspire people all over the world to step into a healthier new year. The Challenges will see walkers, cyclists and runners complete between 250 and 6,000 miles throughout 2017, using the app to keep track of their mileage and share their adventures throughout the year.

ViewRanger contains free offline maps and more than 150,000 downloadable route guides that offer inspiration for walking trips in the UK and abroad.

To find more great walks in the British countryside, visit our walking section here


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