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Walking Challenges

Some of our most popular challenges at Active Staff are our Walking Challenges which take place once or twice a year. Staff team up with their colleagues and record their steps for a set period, plotting them against a virtual route. 

Below you'll find information on our previous Walking Challenges - the routes staff tackled and the total distances walked. While staff enjoy healthy competition with their colleagues throughout, the focus of the challenges is individuals trying to increase their physical activity through walking.

Come (virtually) fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away!

Over to Spain for the Active Staff Autumn Walking Challenge 2020.

Not many of us managed to get away abroad for a holiday this year so we thought we’d virtually take you on a challenge to walk the Spanish Steps. On this journey from Salamanca to Grenada you will cover 1010 kilometres, virtually over the Spanish countryside visiting some of Spain’s medieval towns, spotting some great architecture and passing through the capital Madrid on the way.

Registration is now OPEN…you can do so and create your team by visiting

Should you require any assistance or have any questions please have a look at our Hints, tips and other bits or you can contact us at [email protected]

Winter Walking Challenge 2018       

In January and February 2018 2,352 members of NHS and local authority staff took on the Wild Atlantic Way, a virtual route along the West Coast of Ireland. In total, participants walked over 530 million steps, or 227,000 miles. This was all the more impressive given the wintry conditions during the 4 weeks of our challenge as shown in some of our selfies above!

Walking Challenge 2017

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Our 6 week walking challenge took place during May and June 2017. The chosen route was 'Wonders of the UK' a 1,000 mile walk which took in some of the most remarkable natural and man-made landmarks from the northern islands to the southern coastline. In total 2,605 members of staff took part and walked an incredible 640,568km.


Winter Walking Challenge 2017

During January and February 2017 1,746 members of staff took part in a Winter Walking Challenge. Tackling a virtual route around the Scottish Highlands participants completed over 410 million steps during the 4 week challenge! Well done to everyone who got involved!

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                             Some selfies from our Winter Walking Challenge 2017

Walking Challenge 2016

The 2016 edition of the Walking Challenge saw 3,060 NHSGGC and local authority staff members sign up to walk a virtual route across California.

Participants walked an incredible 462,136 miles during the 6 week challenge! Well done to all who took part.

For more information on World Walking or to try some of their other routes visit

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                                       Selfies from the Walking Challenge 2016

Last Updated: 01 October 2020