Walking times: What is your method of calculating how long a walk will take you?

Discussion in 'General Walking Discussions' started by Cartable, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Cartable

    Cartable Regular Member Staff Member

    Reading about people who've needed to be rescued because they have misjudged how long a walk would take, I wondered what method you guys use to work out how long you think a walk will take to get you safely to the end?

    Do you use Naismith's rule or work on your own average from personal experience? Do you take it easy and take in the flora and fauna, maybe do some photography along the way, stop for extended breaks, etc. or do you try to get as many miles in as you can at as strong a pace as possible?

    I suppose it will depend on the time of year and whether the objective is a specific goal.
  2. classic33

    classic33 Regular Member

    Personal experience over similar ground along with Naismith's Rule, and allowing 10 minutes per hour for unexpected events. Any break of 30 minutes plus gets the clock stopped and restarted again when moving off.

    Often the walk is to a camp spot, where I'd be based so no real rush to get there.
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  3. OP

    Cartable Regular Member Staff Member

    @classic33 did you find your average was faster or slower than Naismith?
  4. I do the same, but add an extra 10 minutes if I’ve got the kids walking with me, especially in the second half of the walk.
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  5. classic33

    classic33 Regular Member

    Worked out roughly right. But if it was down to me trying to keep to it or just that I was okay with the walking speed, I'm uncertain.
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