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#50213 - 16/08/09 10:45 PM Question re distance. *****
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Does anyone know the actual walking distance? I get the straight line distance is 190 miles but with hills you must actually wallk further than that?

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#50229 - 17/08/09 05:05 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: Thommo]
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The only way you can know for sure is to set off with 200 balls of biodegradable string each exactly a mile in length - any expansion due to hot weather and shrikage due to rain will be so minimal as to affect the overall result by a fraction of a mile. I've seen string along sections of the Coast to Coast path so know that others have used this method.
And don't be conned into parting with good money for one of those pedometer gadgets which are no more reliable than looking at a road atlas and guessing that the walk is somewhere between 170 and 200 miles or thereabouts.

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#50236 - 17/08/09 09:32 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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You could take someone with you who is EXACTLY 6 feet high. Lie them down, mark the position of their head, then stand them up and start again...
Should be a pretty accurate measure !

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#50238 - 17/08/09 09:57 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: ian r]
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What about plotting the complete route on Memory Map...that'll tell you the exact distance.

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#50240 - 17/08/09 10:13 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: Thommo]
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There's too many variables to ever measure the exact distance of such things, so you might want to just pick your way and go with that...

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#50243 - 18/08/09 01:13 AM Re: Question re distance. [Re: Karena]
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A.W. supposedly did measure it and has the mile posts noted in his classic book "A Coast to Coast Walk". One of the great things about the book is knowing the exact mileage at any point in the walk (if you care about such things).

His measurements come out at 190 miles, but many people either short cut or long cut or take a wrong path and have to backtrack. My last walk topped out at 195 miles, give or take a couple. Yes, I had to backtrack several times. The main thing is getting to your next accommodation in time to wind down before the pub.

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#50259 - 18/08/09 02:59 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: Gregg]
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I used to have the idea of adding 25% to the total miles, incase of any errors, so roughly adding 10 miles to the 190 miles. That would make it 210 miles, which sounds about right.

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#50260 - 18/08/09 03:00 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: flatlands]
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Originally Posted By: flatlands
I used to have the idea of adding 25% to the total miles, incase of any errors, so roughly adding 10 miles to the 190 miles. That would make it 210 miles, which sounds about right.
Sorry, make that 5 miles, making it 205 miles.

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#50261 - 18/08/09 04:07 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: ian r]
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Originally Posted By: ian r

You could take someone with you who is EXACTLY 6 feet high. Lie them down, mark the position of their head, then stand them up and start again...
Should be a pretty accurate measure !

But not taking account of boots, socks and possibly hat you would be about 2% out.
Easier and more accurate would be to take a surveyors pole.

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#50268 - 18/08/09 05:41 PM Re: Question re distance. [Re: flatlands]
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Originally Posted By: flatlands
Originally Posted By: flatlands
I used to have the idea of adding 25% to the total miles, incase of any errors, so roughly adding 10 miles to the 190 miles. That would make it 210 miles, which sounds about right.
Sorry, make that 5 miles, making it 205 miles.


Adding 25% to 190 miles would make it 237.5 miles. Have just been to the pub so I may be wrong!
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