After participating in
the Downsman Hike last weekend I thought a small test see what my walking speed
is really like was necessary. Usually I'm very happy to saunter and look at
everything and do about 1.5 mph all day long, especially as my legs are
ever-so-slightly 'lengthally' challenged, but the contest on Saturday has
brought out the competitor in me. So, to test myself out I set off from the car
park at Pulborough Brooks in full sun, all revved up and ready to go and soon
got up to my full gallop. This, according to my GPS was a plodding speed of
around 4mph and a trotting speed of about 6.5 mph. Actually there was a lot more
plodding than trotting but I made the most of the downhill bits. The chosen
route took in; steep hills, tracks, roads, marsh and bucket loads of mud.
Take the time to read the countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.