As a New Year beckons, we always like to have a look back over the year.

During 2019, a further 10,200 user accounts were created on World Walking.

Over the year, our community of World Walkers added an amazing 6.2 billion steps, bringing their total to 25.2 billion steps since we launched World Walking on 2013.  This year's steps total equates to 2.6 million miles/4.3 million kilometres; or as we like to look at it, equivalent to our users walking 104 times round the world in 2019. 

5,831 virtual walks completed during the year.

We're delighted and would like to thank everyone who has helped make 2019 such a good year for World Walking.

We're also very grateful to our donors and to Inverclyde Council and Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership for their much appreciated support throughout the year and also, last but not least, to David Rushton and Chris Baldie at Papertank, and Fergus Howe and Michael Park for another year of invaluable technical support and being such a great group of guys to work with.

World Walking was designed for individuals and small groups to use. 

If you’re considering running a large corporate (or community) walking challenge, you are looking in the wrong place; World Walking is not what you need. We recommend you check out Big Team Challenge which has been created by the team behind World Walking specifically for those larger initiatives.  

However, World Walking can provide small organisations with a good, free, entry-level option for their mini-workplace wellness or challenge.

Using World Walking for a small workplace challenge is pretty straightforward. 

Creating your group

The first step is to create and name your group and upload your company logo as your avatar. 

We haven’t imposed a limit on the number of people who can join a group on World Walking but we normally recommend you keep it within 50 or so. 

As usual, you can create your group as ‘joinable’ which makes it easy for your colleagues to join; you just need share your group’s URL with them. Alternatively, you can set it up as an ‘invite-only’ group; whichever arrangement suits you best.

Although we always hope that our users will make their groups ‘public’ and, therefore, visible on World Walking, you have option of making your group ‘private’, which means that only those with whom you share your group’s URL will be able to find it and join. 

Choosing your virtual challenge route

When it comes to choosing a walk for your group, the simplest option is to choose one select one from our ‘ready-to-use’ routes that is long enough work for the duration of your mini-challenge and the number of people you hope will take part; the longer duration and the more participants the longer the route. 

As a rough guide, if you looking to set a daily target of 10,000 steps per participant you’ll need a route that will be long enough to cater for each participant walking about 30 miles per week. We’ve a number of long routes which you might consider featuring the USA, Europe, Australia, South East Asia, Canada and Africa; you could even try walking round the world!

Do you have your own ideas for a route?

If you have an idea for a route you’d like to use for your mini-challenge we’d be happy to look at this with you to see if it would be possible to create a bespoke route for you.  Please share your idea with [email protected]

The goal of your mini-challenge

The goal of your mini-challenge would be to complete your group walk and to see who had contributed the most distance.

You can view the numbers of steps added by each participant during your mini-challenge by clicking on your walk and then scrolling down to the ‘Members’ section where you’ll find a ‘See All’ button.  When you click that button you’ll see all of your group members listed in order of the number of steps they have added to the walk, highest to lowest.

Once your group walk has been completed you can find out the final ‘leaderboard’ by clicking on the ‘Completed Walks’ button and following the same sequence.

Group chat

You can post messages of encouragement to your group via the Group Chat’ facility.  A ‘Group Chat’ symbol will be displayed when group members login to alert them that a message has been posted. 


World Walking runs continuously which means that for people who already have a World Walking account their dashboard showing their steps total, achievements etc. will remain. Your mini-workplace challenge group will just become another of their groups and walks.

They can keep any other walks they are doing going and return to them when your mini-workplace challenge is over.

When someone joins World Walking for the first time and syncs their Fitbit or Apple Health Kit distances may be added to their ‘bank’ on their World Walking dashboard which pre-date the start of your mini-workplace challenge.  The simplest thing to do in that case to avoid causing confusion with your mini-workplace challenge, is for them to create a ‘solo’ walk and ‘spend’ the synced distance which has been ‘banked’ on that walk. If they ‘spend’ any synced distance that predates your mini-workplace challenge on the challenge walk their is no way to delete it. Just so you know!

If you are thinking of using World Walking for a mini-workplace challenge and have any questions check our Help Section which has the answers to a number of FAQs. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact [email protected]

In 2017 I was looking to find a project which could offer a challenge for residents and visitors to the Island of Cumbrae to encourage them to become more active and fortunately, discovered the World Walking concept. Following on from a meeting with its founder, Duncan Galbraith, the concept of Millport to the Moon was born. The idea was to have walkers, cyclists, golfers and others to contribute their distances travelled to see how long it would take to get to the Moon – some 235,000 away. The aim was to reach the Moon in time for the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing in July 2019.

The idea quickly gained momentum when, thanks to a contribution from the NHS, we were able to supply each school pupil at Millport Primary School with their own pedometer and they started their first walk from Glasgow to London with the miles being totalled and visually recorded on the World Walking website. This was quickly followed by the members of the Boy’s Brigade taking up the challenge to walk the Great Wall of China. The three bicycle shops joined the challenge by contributing the number of circuits of the island being ridden by bike hirers and the Millport Golf Club added to that total by counting the miles walked by individual golfers. Many individuals also joined the challenge.

The challenge was launched in March 2018 and by June 2019 the total number of miles travelled had exceeded 255,000 so we made it with a month to spare. In that time, cyclist on Cumbrae travelled eight-times around the world and golfers walked 1.5 circuits of the world.

The World Walking website proved to be a winner in being able to provide a variety of virtual walking routes and a visible record of the achievements for the individuals and organisations taking part in this challenge. I would like to record my personal thanks to Duncan and his team at World Walking for their support in this event.

Charles Kelly

Part-time resident of Millport for over 30 years.

Note: Charles was directly involved in marketing and promoting the Island of Cumbrae, including creating and running the very successful tourism web site for 10 years before he decided to retire from that role in 2017.


Oceanside, New York

A Long Island School District Finds Inspiration Across the Ocean via World Walking

Every educator knows that students who are healthy and well-balanced make the most focused and productive learners. Schools can play an important role in fostering healthy habits for body and mind. With this idea as our mission, the Oceanside School District (OSD) in Long Island, New York, launched a yearlong initiative to promote health and wellness for our students and community.

Using a simple hashtag, #OSDBeWell, and an unforgettable logo, we brainstormed what our first big event would be. We knew we wanted to capitalize on the beautiful autumn weather on Long Island to get families out walking together, but we needed a way to connect and motivate our students and community members. After a few web searches, we stumbled upon We instantly knew we had found the app that would bring our idea to life. We created a team and decided that our first walk would be a virtual trek through all fifty states in our beautiful nation. We named it Walk Across the USA and spread the word on social media, posted banners at each of our ten schools, and sent out a newsletter announcing the challenge. We encouraged everyone to download the app and join our walking team to reach each of the 49 milestones other than our own home state of New York. We now have more than 155 members that include families, educators, and entire classes in our schools, and all are logging their steps to meet our common challenge. As we reach each milestone state, we tweet out a photo of the state summary from the app so that families walking together can learn together, too! 

Our little town is on fire with this challenge and we have already walked hundreds of thousands of steps to reach milestone 11, Arizona. All you have to do is follow us @OSDBeWell on twitter and you will see the faces of those who walk with us and post to share their fun and physical fitness.

The most remarkable part of this journey has been connecting with World Walking, a site curated in Scotland, a continent away from Long Island. We could not believe that this amazing site was free to users, created to inspire fun and fitness. I am happy to share that World Walking has done just that for the students and families in our Long Island, New York school district. No matter where in the world you are, health and wellness matter, and thanks to World Walking, the whole wide world is only steps away!

Diane Provvido 

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Research

Oceanside School District

Long Island, New York, USA

It looked like a routine email when it arrived in our World Walking inbox but it contained a lovely story about a group of senior citizens keen to walk over 2,000 miles across the United States; a journey that would see them cross 8 states and 3 time zones.

It came from Allan, a retired registered nurse and Vietnam vetern living in Madison Meadows, an independent retirement community in Phoenix, Arizona.

A walking club had been started at Allan’s retirement community. A group had been created on World Walking and the iconic Route 66 walk had been started.  Unfortunately, the person who had set everything up had left and the walking club members were stumped. They were keen to keep walking so Allan decided to step up to the plate and take on the mantle of walking group leader, hence him contacting us to ask if we could help get them back on an even keel. We were only too happy to oblige.

Happily, the Madison Meadows Walkers are now back on the road, and have walked 60% of the way along Route 66; all the way from Chicago in Illinois to Amarillo, Texas. Most of the group’s members use pedometers to keep track of their steps with the others using their phone and Fitbit.

Despite their physical limitations and their need for leg braces, walking frames and canes to help them walk, the growing number of members of the Madison Meadows Walkers are determined to keep walking and are doing very well. 

Allan says “My sneakers are smokin' hot. I am soon to get a new pair as I am burning up the soles which used to be 1/2 inch and are now down to 1/8 inch in one month. Our members are so motivated. It is a pleasure to be their leader. We are all very grateful for all the help and support World Waking gave me to continue our walking club here in AZ, USA”.

Allan, it has been our pleasure. You made our day and we look forward to applauding the arrival of the Madison Meadows Walkers in Santa Monica, California. 

Happy Walking. 

Best Wishes to you all from your friends at World Walking.

Supporting community campaigns

Over the years we've enjoyed supporting a variety of ‘campaigns’. 

Each of these campaigns has involved the use of a bespoke, branded World Walking ‘landing page’ to automatically collate the activity of those individuals and groups taking part. As well as providing a branded portal to World Walking, the URL of the ‘landing page’ can be used to promote your campaign and its progress to successful completion. 

We work with clients to design, create and connect their  ‘landing page’ and activate it when they wish their campaign to start. It will remain live for a specific period of time or until the campaign goal has been reached. 

There are a couple of different ‘landing page’ options.

World Walking ‘landing pages’ can be used to promote a campaign which focuses on a particular walk. When we create this type of ‘landing page’ we attach your chosen walk to it. The ‘landing page’ allows people to register/login. They are then automatically added to the campaign’s group and included in your chosen group walk.  As the group walk progresses, the ‘landing page’ displays the group’s distance total, complete with updated progress bar. We have used this approach to support a charity fundraising campaign and for a round-the-world ‘Walk for Wellness’ by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity.

If you have set your sights on a specific distance target or simply to see how far the participants in your campaign can walk in a set period of time, we can design your ‘landing page’ to handle this. In this mode, your ‘landing page’ will again allow participants to register/login. Once they have done that they will use World Walking as normal.  The landing page will automatically tag each person who logs in or registers as a participant in your campaign.  All the distances they subsequently spend on any of our walks will automatically update the campaign distance total and, if appropriate, the progress bar on the ‘landing page’. 

We normally include a number of ‘Quick Links’ on this type of ‘landing page’ to allow participants to create a group, search for participating groups, start a walk, and add and spend distances.  We can also include a campaign video.

Campaigns which have used this type of World Walking ‘landing page’ include the Scottish Government’s for its ‘Fit in 14’ campaign to promote physical activity in the workplace, the ‘Titusville Moonwalk Challenge’, the ‘Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge’ and the Inverclyde Globetrotters’ ‘Billion Steps for Health Challenge’.

For more information, including the cost of creating a bespoke ‘landing page’ to support your community initiative, please contact [email protected]

Ideas for a new walk?

At World Walking we love creating new walks for our users. 

If you have an idea for a new walk you think would look good in our growing library, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. 

Some of our favourite walks have come from suggestions sent in by our users, including the USA's awesome Yellowstone National Park.

Please share your ideas with us by contacting [email protected]

Working for Schools

Packed with facts and great images and linked with Google Street View, World Walking brings our wonderful world right into the classroom. 

By using the miles your school clocks up through participating in initiatives such as “The Daily Mile” and “The 100 Mile Club”, World Walking enables your young students to explore their world, including wonders like the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of ancient Egypt, while gaining the health and wellbeing benefits of being physically active.

Using World Walking to support your school is easy to do. 

  • Create a group on World Walking for your classroom teachers to join; perhaps entering a ‘display name’ to indicate their class and encourage a little healthy competition.  
  • Choose one of our many ready-to-use virtual routes as your group walk or ask us to create a bespoke route for you to fit in with your specific goals.
  • Invite each class to calculate the total distance they walk each day and add that to help complete your school's group walk.  

Schools have used World Walking to support intergenerational working and charitable initiatives.

To explore further or find out more about World Walking, please contact [email protected]

Looking to go your own way?

We love creating new routes and currently offer over 200 ready-to-use walks to some of the loveliest places in the world for you to choose from. We do our best to cater for everyone, with walks ranging from city tours to epic round-the-world journeys. 

However, if you have something specific in mind please let us know and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs with you. If we can help, we will. As a small volunteer-led charity we may need to ask you to make a donation to cover the cost of new images and pulling your bespoke route together for you. 

For more information or to share details of what you are looking for, please contact [email protected]


Intergenerational Working at its Best!

It started with one person, one PhD idea and one phone call.

It progressed into an exciting shared vision, many emails and a fantastic collaboration between the wonderful children of Pengelli Primary School, a few enthusiastic, knowledgeable grandparents and local residents, me, and of course World Walking!

It ended with the creation of two amazing new walk routes that now allow World Walkers to explore the natural beauty and hidden treasures of Swansea and the Gower Peninsula.

Intergenerational contact and its potential benefits for all involved is an area currently receiving a lot of attention. We think we have shown here that it is a concept that should definitely be embraced more often!

The whole co-design team hope that you will join us in celebrating Swansea University’s Centenary year, Pengelli Primary’s favourite places and intergenerational working at its best!!

Thank you to all involved for not only making this possible but such an easy and enjoyable task to complete.

Rachel L Knight

Doctoral Scholar, Joint Research Degree Swansea University & Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes

When we launched World Walking back in October 2013 we had no idea how our our idea of walking virtually around the world would be receved. 

We created World Walking simply to motivate people to walk more. It had worked for our heart health group, the Inverclyde Globetrotters, and we hoped it might help others achieve the health and wellbeing benefits that come from getting and staying active. We wanted World Walking to be free of charge for anyone to use anytime, anywhere.

Never did we imagine that one day World Walking users would have clocked up 10 million miles; 400 times round the world, completing 15,000 virtual walks along the way. 

We would like to thank everyone who has helped over the years, as well as all the 'World Walkers' who have made use of our small, volunteer-led charity's initiative.

Thank you for being part of our journey. We look forward to having your company in the years ahead.

Happy Walking.

Duncan:  Founder - World Walking                                                                                                                        

Collaborating with others is something that excites us at World Walking. 

Whether it is to:

we’re always at hand and willing to help.

If you have an idea you’d like to discuss with us we’d love to hear from you. Just reach out to [email protected]

2018- 19: Another Successful Year for World Walking

Our tiny Scottish charity is delighted to have made it through another financial year, and what a good year it's been for World Walking.

We thought we'd share with you how 2018-19 finished. We're well chuffed. Thanks to all our users for supporting what we're trying to do. We hope World Walking has helped motivate you to walk more than you would otherwise have done and that you've had fun exploring our amazing world; even if only virtually!. 

Here are our key results for the year:

We're 100% committed to keeping World Walking free for everyone to use. We can't do that on our own so we'd like to say a huge thanks to those of you who have so kindly supported us with donations during the year. We're also very grateful to Inverclyde Council for awarding us another grant to help keep World Walking going and to the Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership and CVS Inverclyde for their support and encouragement.

And last, but certainly not least, the brilliant - and patient - digital design and development team of Chris and David (at Papertank), Fergus (Mayday Development Ltd) and Michael (Turing Limited), without whom there would be no World Walking. Thanks guys. You're the best.

Happy Walking

Kindest Regards


Founder- World Walking

We are delighted to introduce you to Freda. 

With her kind permission, here is her inspiring story.

Freda is a World Walker. A while back, Freda very kindly provided us with this ‘testimonial’: 

“ We love World Walking. It motivates the whole family to walk. We have done many walks, all lost weight and all feel better for it. We all got Fitbits a year ago and love how it automatically syncs our steps to World Walking. We have also recruited many friends to World Walking.

I can't believe I am approaching a personal step total of 10 million since joining. I feel very proud of my achievement. By the way I'm 64.

Our family all live in the Manchester/Liverpool region in UK. My husband and I moved to Denia in Spain 3 years ago from Chester and we average about 75 to 100 kilometers a week or 10 kilometers every single day. In the first year of using World Walking my husband and I were able to come off blood pressure medication and in our first year in Spain we were both able to come off asthma medication. We have also visited some of the virtual milestones we have reached on World Walking; in Mexico, China, and Spain on the Camino de Santiago.”

Freda was back in touch with us yesterday.  She told us that she and her husband and their daughter, who lives in the UK, are now walking round the world and they had reached the half-way point on their epic, 27,000 mile journey - Auckland, New Zealand.

She said “Who says walking isn’t good exercise? The difference in me since starting with your walking site is immense - best thing I ever found on the internet!”

Freda has now walked over 17.6 million steps (7,500 miles).  Her group is called “The Walking Lydons”. They have so far walked over 39 million steps (16,764 miles).

Breaking News!

This news just in from the Mission Command Centre at Inverclyde Leisure’s Waterfront Leisure Complex in Greenock.

At 12.30 p.m. Greenock Mean Time on Tuesday 14 May 2019, the Inverclyde Globetrotters’ lunar module, IG1, powered solely by the physical activity of its crew, most of whom are in their 70s and 80s, landed softly on the Moon.

The group, which inspired the creation of World Walking, launched its 238,855 mile mission on 5 February 2008 in support of the 2008 Scottish campaign to highlight the importance and benefits of cardiac rehabilitation. 

The Inverclyde Globetrotters, who are affiliated to Scotland’s Health Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, took just 11 years, 3 months and 10 days (4,117 days) to complete their epic journey.

“One long walk for them. One giant stride for heart health".

Celebrating James Watt

Greenock, the home of World Walking, is this year celebrating the bicentennial of its most famous son, James Watt who helped shape the world we know today. As a Greenock-based charity, we were delighted to have been able to play our part in showcasing the life and achievements of this Great Scot in collaboration with Inverclyde Council, West College Scotland (Greenock Campus), the Institution of Engineers & Shipbuilders in Scotland, and our good friends at Kilmacolm Primary School.

With the young stars at Kilmacolm we've created a special 'James Watt' walk which we've been able to link to a special World Walking landing page thanks to funding kindly provided by Inverclyde Council. You can find it at  The landing page contains a smashing video in the form of a new broadcast about James Watt's life and achievements featuring the talented Kilmacolm youngsters and produced by the students at the local college. You can also find the video, entitled 'Watt's Walking Wonders' on Vimeo using this link:

We're really grateful to Ailie Glover, Class Teacher at Kilmacolm Primary School, Alison Nolan, Heritage Outreach Worker, and Val Boa, Curator, at Inverclyde Council for everything they've done to make this happen. Pulling this together to help launch the local year of celebrations has been a lot of fun and really helped get 2019 off to a flying start.


“Aim High”. That’s that wonderful advice given to us a few years back by Britain’s first astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman.

2019 gives us all the opportunity to do just that by celebrating the 50th anniversary the most famous walk in the history of mankind - man’s first walk on the moon by Neil Armstrong, Commander of NASA's Apollo 11, on 21st July 1969.

The Inverclyde Globetrotters, the heart health exercise group whose efforts inspired the creation of World Walking, have now walked 230,000 miles; equivalent to 9 laps of the world. Their goal for 2019 is to carry on until they reach the Moon and they’ve have set themselves the target of landing softly on the Moon by 21st July 2019.  It took Apollo 11 just 4 days to travel to the Moon. It will have taken the Inverclyde Globetrotters over 11 years by the time they land but they will be chuffed to bits, nevertheless.

Why not follow in their footsteps and celebrate the amazing achievement of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission?

We've created a 13,450 mile (31 million steps) walk around all 48 contiguous states of the United States of America. The walk begins in Washington state on the western seaboard of America and ends in the nation's capital, Washington DC, on the east coast. It’s the longest route we’ve created on World Walking that doesn’t involve ‘walking’ across oceans.

Why not round up friends, family or work colleagues and tackle our epic United States of America walk to celebrate what was achieved by NASA back in 1969. 

The Inverclyde Globetrotters are ‘in’ Tennessee right now and have their sights set firmly on finishing in DC sometime in the coming months. Like to follow them?

Come on, “Aim High” and start your own ‘Lunar trek’ today.

Happy New Year Everyone

What a great start to the year! Mission accomplished - our 'One Billion Steps for Health Challenge' has been successfully completed thanks to the collective efforts of individuals and 39 groups, including 16 groups supporting people living with heart, lung and stroke disease. It has been a terrific team effort. Thank you one and all.

We would like to say a special word of thanks to Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership for very kindly providing the funding for the special landing page which enabled us to automate the collation of all the steps and made the challenge run like a dream.

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An amazing total distance of 432,265 miles (17 times round the world) has been logged to date. The landing page will remain live until 31 March 2019. Please keep your steps/miles coming in until then and we'll see how far we get.

Thank you all once again. You are awesome!

Best Wishes


World Walking