Q and A Section
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What sort of training do I need to be in good shape when I arrive at
St. Bees for the start of the trek?
Okay, let's be candid. If you're a regular, experienced walker, you
can start planning your walk. But if your normal exercise regime doesn't
extend beyond a walk from your local supermarket to the car once a week,
then you've got some work to do.
to Coast is a 190-mile walk across the wonderfully varied countryside
of northern England. Completing this walk will give you a great sense
of folk do this walk every year, so don't worry too much about whether
you can do it. It's not like climbing Everest, and you can. But you
must get in shape for this physically demanding adventure -- and training
could take you at least six months.
The level of fitness required depends partly on how you're doing the
walk (see next question). However, if you work a standard five-day week,
you should try gradually increasing the amount of walking you do. Begin
by walking several three-to-five-mile circuits.
vary the terrain so you get used to some hill climbing. It's also useful
to walk on surfaces other than artificial paving. Make sure you carry
a backpack on these trips, with a few pounds of weight (chocolate or
boots -- it's up to you). When you've built up to walking 10 miles every
Saturday, and another 10 on Sunday, your body should be ready for the