Fiona Outdoors logo My independent guide to the best of Scotland outdoors

Brits walk for longer – but not faster

Written by Fiona

December 28 2016

A new survey has found that British walkers spent more time on foot than anyone else in Europe in 2016.

The results are based on statistics are recorded on the app, ViewRanger, which allows walkers to plan, navigate, record and share all of their outdoor adventures. It included data from millions of walking routes recorded by app users throughout the year.

On average, Brits like to get out for 3 hours 4 minutes on each walking trip and cover a distance of 8.1 miles at a speed of 2.6 miles per hour. In contrast, Slovakian walkers spent just 2 hours 17 minutes on average on each trip.

German walkers proved the fastest, covering an average of 9.3miles at 3.3mph, while American walkers appear to take a more leisurely approach than any in Europe, travelling at 2mph and covering 8 miles.

The results follow the launch of ViewRanger’s 2017 Outdoor Challenges, which is designed to inspire people all over the world to step into a healthier new year.

The Challenges will see walkers, cyclists and runners complete between 250 and 6,000 miles throughout 2017, using the app to keep track of their mileage and share their adventures.

As well as helping outdoor enthusiasts to record and share their stats for each trip, ViewRanger contains free offline maps and more than 150,000 downloadable route guides that offer inspiration for walking trips in the UK and abroad.

More Like This


Historical landmarks of the Golden Triangle – A journey through time, taste and tranquillity


Six new sports you might like to try


Cycling on the Black Isle


Cycle Aviemore to Inverness


Review: Energy Bytes, gummies with caffeine


Review: New ‘traceable activewear’ collection from BAM