In my view one of the greatest satisfaction in walking is to have a real goal, a challenge that really pushes you beyond the norm. This may well be a difficult walk but over time thoughts often turn to something grander. This does not mean something better it is simply a natural progression when you are the type of character who feels the need for an achievement. The side benefit for this however is that the experiences of ‘just going for a walk’ are enhanced and built upon. These experiences may be an increasing confidence and ability on the fells or in the countryside, an increased enjoyment and understanding of what is out there, visits to places you would not normally go or simply just to push your own boundaries to make you feel even better about yourself.
The challenges that I have listed are ones that I have been involved in so I therefore have a better knowledge and understanding of. I have (where appropriate) included some uncut personal experiences which are much for my own benefit and memories but will also hopefully bring a real feel to what each challenge is about.
As with all areas on this site I have assumed a good competence of walking which is reflected in the timings taken to do them. The lowest time is perfectly achievable by a good walker whereas the second is that recommended by the authorities!
I have selected the following challenges: