Hiking vs Walking: What Is The Difference?

What is Walking?

Everyone can walk! Walking is normally on flat or undulating paths, often in an urban environment such as the local park, and over short distances.

What is HIKING?

For hiking, expect rugged trails over uneven terrain and high elevation – most hikes are in a natural environment in mountains with often more than 500 ft in elevation changes.

Walking is a very accessible way to get fit – you just need a good pair of shoes or trainers, comfortable clothing, and a water bottle.

Hiking can be extremely rewarding but it does take more knowledge and experience. You’ll need at least basic navigation skills plus clothing and equipment to keep you safe in a more challenging environment.


Both walking and hiking are good for you. They help improve your cardiovascular fitness, tone your legs, and can burn a significant number of calories. But which is better?

Walking Is Easier For Beginners

Walking is a great way to get active and lose weight. It’s low-impact, easy on the joints, and you can do it anywhere, anytime. Best of all it’s free!

Hiking Needs More Experience

You can burn more calories climbing hills and it's good for your mental health. You need to be able to navigate and stay safe in the outdoors.

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