Earth has a circumference of 24,901 miles or 40,075km. The earth’s surface is 71 percent water, and oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all the water on it. Since there is so much water, you might be wondering, how long would be the longest walking route on earth? You might consider something of the lines of 1000 or maybe 2000km, but it is actually a lot more.
Where does the longest walk route start and finish
The longest uninterrupted walking route starts from South Africa and goes through more than 10 countries. It starts from the the farthest southern point in Africa, walks through the entire continent. It goes to countries like Zimbabwe, Sudan, Egypt, Syria, Turkey and Russia. It ends at Magadan which is in North west Russia. You would cross more than 5 time zones.
How much is the longest route
As you can imagine the route is not a straight line, as it travels through several countries it adds up to 22,387km in total or 13,910 miles. This would take more than 4000 hours of walking. There are also ascends and descends along the route, which are estimated to be more than 100 000 meters.
World’s longest walks
There are many different long walks that have been recorded in world history. There are group walks, duo walks, and solo walks. Here are some of them:
- Jean Beliveau – he is a Canadian citizen, his walk started from Montreal and covered 46 600 miles (75 000km) starting from 2000 until 2011. He walked through 64 countries.
- George Meegan – a walk of 19 019 miles or (30 608km) from 1977 up to 1983. He is a British adventurer and seaman.
- Steven Newman – 15 509 miles (24 959km) from 1983 to 1987. He crosses 21 countries in his walk.
- Davind Kunst – 14, 450miles (23,260km) 1970 to 1974.
As you can see, people have been doing such long walks for decades.