After months of planning, design and development, we are delighted to launch the brand new World Walking website and mobile apps today.

World Walking has grown from strength to strength since launching in 2013, with our bespoke website and apps updated to accommodate various new features and improvements including group chat, social sharing and street view. Earlier this year our registered users passed 10,000, and we look forward to welcoming more users from across the world to use our free virtual walking platform.

Our brand new website has been redesigned with simplicity and accessibility in mind, and our modernisation including our responsive, mobile optimised layout will make our platform available to even more users across different devices.

Some of the big new features we've introduced in this new version include:

  • "Banking" steps - you can build up a personal bank of steps, kilometers or miles and spend the distance as you wish on any of your solo or group walks.
  • Fitbit and Jawbone integration - visit Settings > Apps to connect to your Fitbit or Jawbone account and your daily step total will be automatically pulled in to your World Walking bank.
  • Clearer walk and milestone progress layout on your solo and group walks.
  • Notifications - your personal feed of events from your groups or group walks, available on every page
  • Improved group chat - instant messaging between group members with notifications of new messages on every page
  • New help pages to guide you with any questions or issues while using our system
  • Many underlying improvements and fixes to keep our website running smoothly and giving you the best experience.

We'd love to know what you think of our new website. You can tweet us, or pop us an e-mail, and please do share our video by the talented Box Dog Inc with your friends and family, or invite them to join your group via our website.

A big thank you to the generous donations by NHS Health Scotland, Paths for All and our users - we wouldn't have been able to make these updates without your support.

Finally, this update was a joint effort between Glasgow based digital studio Papertank Limited and mobile developers Turing and Fergus Howe. A massive thank you to the combined efforts of everyone, and the ongoing support for World Walking for the past 4 years.

Next on our roadmap is a World Walking fundraising tool, integrated directly into your group walks to help you raise awareness and money for your local charity. Stay tuned!

Duncan

We are delighted to announce a new version of our free World Walking website and mobile apps will launch this coming weekend - 20th May 2016.

Thanks to generous donations by NHS Health Scotland, Paths for All and our users, and after several months of planning, design and development, our new version introduces a completely fresh design and exciting new features.

We're excited to launch our new design and hear your feedback. As part of our update, our website and apps will be offline from 8AM - 10AM BST on Friday 20th May - see you on the other side!

Happy Walking. Happy Days

Milestones feature prominently in World Walking. Route milestones. Personal milestones. Group milestones.

Today, World Walking reached a milestone of its own - 10,000 users. We're so chuffed!.

We'd like to thank:

Happy Walking. Happy Days.











World Walking

2015 was a great year for World Walking.

At the start of the year about 2,600 people had signed up to use World Walking. By the end of 2015, over 7500 people had registered; an increase of 184%!

During 2015, the total number of steps added to World Walking increased by 175% to over 2.95 billion!  That’s equivalent to walking round the world 50 times.

Some of the year’s other highlights for World Walking included:

  • Supporting the Race Across USA to highlight the work of The 100 Mile Club to raise awareness of and combat the problems caused by childhood obesity in the USA;
  • Being used successfully to support a worldwide “heart & sole” challenge to promote cardiac rehabilitation organised in partnership with the British Association for Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland;
  • Being used by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow as part of their campaign to promote the health and well-being benefits of being physically active; and
  • Supporting the Mayor’s health and fitness fair in the town of Titusville, Florida.

Thank You

We could not have done any of this without a lot of help and support from others so a HUGE thank you to:

  • Inverclyde Council for its grant to cover the operating costs of World Walking;
  • Paths for All for its grant to help us enhance World Walking to keep it moving forward; and
  • Maurice Donohue, Get Active Programme Manager, at the Scottish Association for Mental Health, and Dr Andrew Murray, Sports and Exercise Medicine doctor, GP and runner, for plugging World Walking.

Finally, thanks to Chris Baldie and David Rushton of Papertank Ltd., Michael Park of Turing Ltd. and Fergus Howe; the great team behind the scenes for all the time, effort and thought which they devoted to World Walking during 2015.  Without them none of this would be possible.

As our New Year dawns we have a lot of exciting things to look forward to but we’ll keep all that good news for another day!

 

Another year under the belts of the Inverclyde Globetrotters and it's been another great year for the heart health group in Scotland that inspired World Walking.

Walk Across Canada

As if it had been planned all along, the distances that were clocked up by the group over the Festive period brought them to the end of their walk across Canada just in time for the New Year to arrive. 

The walk took them from Vancouver in British Columbia on the west coast all the way to St John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador on the east coast; a total of 5,512 miles (12.4 million steps)!

Tally for the Year

The miles from their walk across Canada brought the Inverclyde Globetrotters' total miles for 2015 to an amazing 23,636 miles!

Where to Now?

The group had enough steps left over from their Canadian walk to make a start on their next mammoth trek; Africa - From Cairo to Cape Town.

By the time the Inverclyde Globetrotters walk the 6,000 miles south through the continent of Africa they will have clocked up over 150,000 miles; the equivalent of having walked 6 times round the World since they set off on their first virtual walk way back in 2008 with nothing but a map of the world and some pedometers!  Not bad for a group with an average age of about 70 years young.

Happy Birthday!

It's hard for us to believe it but the Inverclyde Globetrotters will be 8 years old in February 2008. They'll be having their birthday bash at the Great Pyramid complex at Giza in Egypt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. What could be better?