There are few amongst us who wouldn’t benefit from a little more exercise, but often the exertion of anything over a brisk stroll can seem a little too much. This is where trekking comes into its own. For what is trekking if not walking with a little more purpose, having a clear sense of direction and being committed to reaching your destination?
Trekking — in a nutshell — is walking with the specific aim of exploring a particular area and enjoying the landscape. It’s what used to be more commonly called “rambling” not that many years ago. There are lots of dedicated trails throughout the UK and usually they’re set in areas of comparatively unspoiled wilderness and outstanding natural beauty
Meetup.com is a great place to start https://www.meetup.com. Find the walking and trekking activities in your area and sign yourself up. It’s that simple.
UK treks listed individually here: http://www.trekkingbritain.com/
The Long-Distance Walkers’ Association has lots of information on groups and events: https://www.ldwa.org.uk/
And don’t forget the ramblers: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/
If you’re looking for something much more challenging, check out these international treks: http://www.actionchallenge.com/activities/treks-walks/international
Facts & Stats
The UK’s biggest hiking club is still The Ramblers, which is a national organisation with local groups throughout the country. It currently has around 125,000 members, and was founded in 1935,when walking really started to take off in this country, as weekend breaks from the city first became a thing.
Nepal is one of the most popular locations in the world for trekkers and it has the densest concentration of world heritage sites on the planet http://www.worktheworld.co.uk/infographics/50-amazing-facts-about-nepal
Studies show that being outdoors and taking in a bit of nature increases brain function http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/22/how-the-outdoors-make-you_n_5508964.html
Did you know…
At 870 miles, the Wales Coast Path is the UK’s longest coastal path and perfect for the more adventurous amongst you. The route takes in 41 beaches, 12 nature reserves and a total of 18 castles.