The ideal hike would last for two hours and 51 minutes – and end in time for walkers to enjoy a late lunch at a pub or cafe
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The perfect walk should include picturesque views, wildlife including butterflies, birds and squirrels, and last no longer than three hours, according to a study.
Peace and quiet is the most important part of a stroll for two thirds of the 2,000 people polled.
Sunny weather, a clear plan or route, and a body of water such as a river or lake also featured in the top 20 things which make up the perfect walk.
Ideally a hike would start at 11:30am and last for two hours and 51 minutes – just in time for a late lunch, as a picnic and eateries such as a café or pub also feature in the list.
“Instagramable” photo spots made the top 20, with an average of eight photos being taken on a walk – and 41 percent even taking a specific break to get the perfect shots.
The research, commissioned by route planning and navigation app Komoot, also found the perfect walk should take place in a forest, with other popular options being a national park or countryside village.
And the views people hope to take in include the sea, a field of flowers and mountains.
A further 47 percent would like to see a sunset while on a hike, and 39 percent would opt for a sunrise.
The study also found six in ten believe walking improves their overall mood, with other benefits including staying healthy, making it into a day out and enjoying nature.
Komoot co-founder Jonas Spengler said: “We’re pleased to see even more data supporting the benefits of walking on both physical and mental health – especially when it’s enjoyed in a nature setting.
“We believe walking or hiking is something everyone of all abilities can get involved with and enjoy, whether they travel up the country or walk around their local area.
“If you head out with an attitude of discovery, just about any walk can feel like an adventure.“
The study found that thanks to the health benefits and accessibility of walking, 46 percent of people would like to go on more excursions, while 40 percent consider it to be a hobby.
During the typical month adults go on an average of five walks, and in the perfect scenario would go with their partner, child or group of friends – only one in ten would choose to go alone.
Along the way, 62 percent would like to see wildlife, with birds topping the list of sought-after animals, followed by sheep and cows.
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The temperature for a perfect stroll should be 17.8 degrees, according to those polled via OnePoll.
It also emerged 46 percent like to explore new areas when going on walks, while adults are prepared to travel an average of 49 miles for their perfect walk.
And for UK-based hikes, Brits’ ideal location would be in the South West, followed by Scotland.
Jonas added: “There are endless walks in the UK which offer wonderful views, eateries and challenging or easy routes.”
“Komoot aims to uncover some of the walking community’s favourite routes, providing walking inspiration at your fingertips, and bringing you a few steps closer to your perfect walk.
“No matter the location, and whether people are looking to challenge themselves or simply enjoy a stroll around somewhere new, there is a walk – and an adventure – for everyone.”
Discover the perfect walk for you with this quiz.
TOP 20 ELEMENTS OF THE PERFECT WALK:
- Peace and quiet
- Comfy shoes
- Picturesque views
- Seeing wildlife
- A body of water e.g. a river, lake, the sea etc.
- Sunny weather
- Various plants and flowers
- A mix of landscapes e.g. beaches, mountains etc.
- Visiting an eatery for food e.g. a cafe or pub
- A well signposted route
- Friendly fellow walkers
- A clear plan/route
- A picnic
- A straightforward path
- Facts about the area
- Listening to music
- Meeting new people
- Some challenges e.g. climbing rocks
- “Instagramable” photo spots