Do you focus on distance or time when out walking?

Discussion in 'Low Level Walking and Rambling' started by Macron, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Macron

    Macron Member

    We all walk at a different natural pace, so do you focus on the amount of time you are going to be out walking and aim for a certain number of hours, or do you plan with a specific distance in mind and look to complete it regardless of how long it takes?
     
  2. Spinney

    Spinney Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Under the edge
    Both, and factor in the weather, daylight hours, the conditions underfoot etc.

    e.g. :
    - walking from home (which is mainly across fields and through woods) - I generally plan on half a day, as the scenery isn't that fascinating. Then I plan a route that will take me around half a day.
    - a day in the Lakes/Snowdonia in summer - pick a summit or ridge I haven't done for a while, work out a nice circular route, measure the length and see if this sounds feasible given my current hill fitness (for example, I could do 20 miles over the hills, but I'd be getting down in the dark, and the last 5 or more miles would not be fun).
    - a day in the hills in winter - check timing so that the only bit (if any) to be done in the dark is easier ground at lowish level/track/road walking, or is on a route I know well
     
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  3. Glyder

    Glyder Regular Member

    Location:
    A peninsula
    Time. At some point I started to be able to look at a walk and know how long it would take me. Until very recently when I got a GPS watch, I only had a rough idea of distance, so I would normally plan a walk based around travel time to and from my start point as most of my walks are day walks. So 5 to 7hrs which turns out to be around 10 miles, leaving enough time to go to the pub after (for a meal of course).
     
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  4. Spinney

    Spinney Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Under the edge
    :cheers:
     
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  5. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Regular Member

    I tend to look at a map and pick what looks like an interesting route and guesstimate that I will acheive it in daylight/ a given time. At the start of the 'season' this can lead to some later finnishes as i tend not to compensate for fitness or increase in age.
     
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  6. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Regular Member

    Or indeed the rather good hostelery you may find.
     
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  7. Rocky

    Rocky Regular Staff Member

    Location:
    On the sofa
    That sells gin :whistle:
     
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  8. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Regular Member

    :shy:
     
  9. LonesomeWanderer

    LonesomeWanderer New Member

    When I used to walk in New Zealand the signs always had either distance or time on them but rarely both - if they had both then it would have been an indication of how hard the terrain was going to be.

    This year I'm trying to do the #walk1000miles thing so distance is the focus....
     
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  10. Spinney

    Spinney Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Under the edge
    :eek:
    This year I'll be lucky to get 1500 miles on the bike, and racking up cycling miles is far easier than walking miles!
    :notworthy:
     
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