R is for Raygun (kleenexwoman) wrote in little_details,
R is for Raygun
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Walking vs. Horses

Setting: European mishmosh fairytale land, among a main trade route. No particular time, but vaguely before the Renaissance.

Summary of research: Looking up how fast people walk. Trying to remember own experiences with hiking. Looking up how fast horses could potentially run.

My question: About how far could a reasonably fit human walk, with a bedroll and not much else on their back on smooth terrain (i.e. a main road), in a day, pausing for rests and lunch and such? About how far could one person on a horse, trying to hurry but not hurt their horse, get in the same amount of time--allowing for rests and lunch and such?

The problem is that I'm not much of a hiker or a horseperson--I can figure out how far a person walking 3 mph or a horse going 15 mph can go in a day, but I don't know how much time to allow for getting tired and going slower, or reasonable times to let a horse rest. I don't need exact times, just estimates from anyone who might be more experienced than I.
Tags: ~travel: pre-modern overland
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