Typically, adults walk at a speed of 3 to 4 miles per hour, and therefore walk a mile in around 15 to 20 minutes. Some people will be faster or slower than this, and walking speed can even be influenced by age and gender, as well as fitness level.
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Can you calculate walking speed?
When you're planning a journey, a day out, or preparing for a sponsored walk or marathon, you may want to calculate how many minutes it takes to walk a mile. Individual health will of course have an impact on how long it takes to walk a mile, but more general factors such as age, gender and pace can be accounted for in your planning.
Walking speed by age
No, we don't mean the incredible phenomenon by which it takes three hours to walk just two blocks with a toddler (so many interesting cracks in walls to look at!)
You might be surprised to learn that sprightly twenty-somethings actually tend to walk at a slower pace than their older thirty-something and forty-something counterparts. It's true. Then, once we reach our fifties, walking speed slows down again.
So at just 2.1mph, it would take an average 75-year-old nearly half an hour to walk a mile (28 minutes and 34 seconds), while a 23-year-old is likely to walk at a speed of 3mph, taking only 20 minutes to walk a mile.
Walking speed by gender
In all age categories, men walk faster than women. This could be because they tend to have slightly longer legs. Or perhaps they're more likely to be running late for something…
Walking speed by pace
There is one more factor to consider when you calculate how long it takes to walk a mile: are you strolling, walking or steaming down the street? You'll walk at a different pace when you're enjoying the country air compared to when you're worried you'll miss the train.
Here are some figures for different walking paces:
Fast: 100 to 119 steps per minute / 11 minutes per mile Normal: 80 to 99 steps per minute / 15 minutes per mile Relaxed: 60 to 79 steps per minute / 20 minutes per mile
Check out the miles chart below to get an idea of how long it would take to walk a set number of miles at a relaxed, normal or fast pace.
|1 mile||20 mins||15 mins||11 mins|
|2 miles||40 mins||30 mins||22 mins|
|3 miles||1 hr||45 mins||33 mins|
|4 miles||1 hr, 20 mins||1 hr||44 mins|
|5 miles||1 hr, 40 mins||1 hr, 15 mins||55 mins|
|6 miles||2 hrs||1 hr, 30 mins||1 hr, 6 mins|
|7 miles||2 hrs, 20 mins||1 hr, 45 mins||1 hr, 17 mins|
|8 miles||2 hrs, 40 mins||2 hrs||1 hr, 28 mins|
|9 miles||3 hrs||2 hrs, 15 mins||1 hr, 39 mins|
|10 miles||3 hrs, 20 mins||2 hrs, 30 mins||1 hr, 50 mins|
|11 miles||3 hrs, 40 mins||2 hrs, 45 mins||2 hrs, 1 mins|
|12 miles||4 hrs||3 hrs||2 hrs, 12 mins|
|13 miles||4 hrs, 20 mins||3 hrs, 15 mins||2 hrs, 23 mins|
|14 miles||4 hrs, 40 mins||3 hrs, 30 mins||2 hrs, 34 mins|
|15 miles||5 hrs||3 hrs, 45 mins||2 hrs, 45 mins|
|16 miles||5 hrs, 20 mins||4 hrs||2 hrs, 56 mins|
|17 miles||5 hrs, 40 mins||4 hrs, 15 mins||3 hrs, 7 mins|
|18 miles||6 hrs||4 hrs, 30 mins||3 hrs, 18 mins|
|19 miles||6 hrs, 20 mins||4 hrs, 45 mins||3 hrs, 29 mins|
|20 miles||6 hrs, 40 mins||5 hrs||3 hrs, 40 mins|
|21 miles||7 hrs||5 hrs, 15 mins||3 hrs, 51 mins|
|22 miles||7 hrs, 20 mins||5 hrs, 30 mins||4 hrs, 2 mins|
|23 miles||7 hrs, 40 mins||5 hrs, 45 mins||4 hrs, 13 mins|
|24 miles||8 hrs||6 hrs||4 hrs, 24 mins|
|25 miles||8 hrs, 20 mins||6 hrs, 15 mins||4 hrs, 35 mins|
|26 miles||8 hrs, 40 mins||6 hrs, 30 mins||4 hrs, 46 mins|
|27 miles||9 hrs||6 hrs, 45 mins||4 hrs, 57 mins|
|28 miles||9 hrs, 20 mins||7 hrs||5 hrs, 8 mins|
|29 miles||9 hrs, 40 mins||7 hrs, 15 mins||5 hrs, 19 mins|
|30 miles||10 hrs||7 hrs, 30 mins||5 hrs, 30 mins|
|40 miles||13 hrs, 20 mins||10 hrs||7 hrs, 20 mins|
|50 miles||16 hrs, 40 mins||12 hrs, 30 mins||9 hrs, 10 mins|
|60 miles||20 hrs||15 hrs||11 hrs|
|70 miles||23 hrs, 20 mins||17 hrs, 30 mins||12 hrs, 50 mins|
|80 miles||26 hrs, 40 mins||20 hrs||14 hrs, 40 mins|
|90 miles||30 hrs||22 hrs, 30 mins||16 hrs, 30 mins|
|100 miles||33 hrs, 20 mins||25 hrs||18 hrs, 20 mins|
|500 miles||166 hrs, 40 mins||125 hrs||91 hrs, 40 mins|
The final entry in our chart above gives us an answer to the question: “How long would it take the Proclaimers to walk 500 miles” (from their hit song). The answer is 125 hours (7500 minutes) at a normal walking pace.
If you would like to work out how many steps it might take you to walk one of these distances, check out our Miles to Steps Calculator. You can also find out how long it would take to walk around the world.
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