As the year draws to an end, I couldn’t have imagined the positive affect Country Walking magazine’s Walk 1000 Miles campaign could have on my life during 2018.

In total I logged 945.7 miles, and so didn’t reach the 1000 mile goal, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest. I chose to count only ‘planned’ walks – those I’d identified a date to walk, found in a guide book, online or simply plotted out myself on the excellent OS Maps online mapping website. If you add in the many miles completed walking Cooper locally and the miles walked at work it would have been well over 1000 miles.

I know, it’s beginning to sound as if not reaching the 1000 mile count does matter and maybe, just maybe, in a small way …. it did. Here’s to 2019!

Anyway, a few highlights from the miles I logged completing #Walk1000Miles during 2018 in ‘my way’ in the order of starting/completing(!) them …

Rutland Round – 60 miles around the boundary of the pseudo-county of Rutland (Google it, it’s actually a unitary authority correctly titled ‘Rutland County Council District Council’ but they drop the ‘District Council’ bit at any and every opportunity!)

South Kesteven Round – 132 miles around the district of South Kesteven in south Lincolnshire.

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk – 176 miles of Alfred Wainwright’s classic 192 mile walk from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast crossing the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks. The final day, 16 miles from Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay, will have to wait to be completed in 2019.

Grantham Canal – 33 miles from Grantham in south Lincolnshire to the River Trent at West Bridgford near Nottingham.

Cuckoo Way – 46 miles along the route of the Chesterfield Canal from the centre of Chesterfield to West Stockwith Lock on the River Trent. The canal has not yet been fully restored and so a 9 mile section follows the line of the canal at this time.

Nottingham and Beeston Canal – 11 miles from Beeston Lock to Meadow Lane Lock, both on the River Trent, through the centre of Nottingham.

Grand Union Canal Walk – 80 miles along the Grand Union Canal from Brentford, on the River Thames, to Wolverton Station, just north of Milton Keynes, including the Slough Arm of the canal. This is something we’d started walking during the summer of 2018 and will hopefully finish during 2019!

Danelaw Way – 60 miles from the centre of the City of Lincoln to Stamford completed over 4 single days during November 2018.

Viking Way – the first 30 miles from the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire to Walesby, near Market Rasen, of the full 147 mile path which ends at Oakham in Rutland. Another walk to be completed in 2019!

Numerous single day walks around Castle Acre, West Acre, Horncastle, Whalley, Robin Hood’s Bay, Badby, Everdon and Fawsley Park, Lathkill Dale, Wisbech, Stamford, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Roche Abbey and Laughton en le Morthen, Flamborough Head, Wansford, Nene Park (Ferry Meadows), Peterborough, Woburn, Braunston-in-Rutland, Bottesford, Narborough, Leicester and Syston.

Last, but by no means least, the numerous walks centred on Castle Bytham and South Witham in South Lincolnshire, including those through Morkery, Bourne and Twyford Woods.

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