Why walk across a country?

Why indeed?

Because it sounds like fun. Because it’s on my bucket list. Because I like a journey with a definite destination. Because I need to change my life. Because I want to get fit. Because I want to experience this country in a completely different way. Because I want to do the hardest thing I can think of. Because I want to give the world the finger. Because I want to impress someone. Because I want to find out the truth about this country. Because I got fired and don’t have anything else to do. Because I want to raise money for charity. Because it leaves a low carbon footprint. Because I got dumped and just want to get away. Because I don’t have the money for the train…

Whatever the reason, people do it. Some walk for years across continents. Some spend a day or so walking across one of the smaller countries in the world. Some go the long way across a country, some the short way. Some walk on roads, some stay in the wilderness. Some people carry absolutely everything on their back. Some have organised support crews carrying their gear and doing everything for them. Some camp, some stay in 5 star hotels. Some call themselves purists and insist on walking every step, some will take short vehicle rides at times. Some do it all in one go, some do it in sections over a period of time.

There are no set rationales for why or rules for how to walk across a country… decide what’s best for you and just do it!

The reason for this website is to begin to collate links to the walks that people have done and the fantastic job they have done of articulating those walks. There is already a lot out there on the internet but it does take a bit of effort to find it, and hopefully we can gather some of it here. Given the history of humanity it seems a hopeless task to come even close to documenting what people have done, therefore I’ll stick to the more recent stuff. This is just a drop in the bucket, but it’s a start…

I’m sharing a few of my own modest walks, and people can share links to either their own walks or others’ walks that they have found. If you have walked across a country, or know of someone who has, let me know so it can be shared!

People have done amazing things out there. Changed their lives, changed others lives, changed perspectives, realised what they’ve been missing in their lives, decided to go back home and never leave… I don’t really want to say that maybe you’ll be inspired to do a cross country walk – but you never know.

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humour, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Take the first step, no more, no less, and the next will be revealed”

– Ken Roberts

One thought on “Why walk across a country?”

  1. Oh this is an interesting idea! I did the Camino Frances in 2013 and have now been bitten by the walking bug myself 🙂 I have two shorter ones coming up (White Mountains for 6 days and Macchu Picchu for 7 days) but I hope to do a really long one again soon. Looking forward to reading other people’s experiences with long distance walking on here!

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