Hiking in Canada and the USA is the preferred term for a long, vigorous walk in the countryside, often on hiking trails, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the term walking is used to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or trekking in the Alps. The word hiking is also sometimes used in the UK, along with rambling, hillwalking, and fell walking. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping.[1] It is such a popular activity that there are numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that hiking and walking have health benefits.

See also Backpacking (wilderness)

Hiking organizations

The Hiking Life

Top 10 Hiking Trails in the World

10 Of The Best Hiking Routes Across Europe

American Hiking Society

Images for hiking

Images for trekking

Images for backpacking

Trekking in the Himalayas

Nepal Treks


The Norwegian Trekking Association

Trekking and Rambling the Hiking Trails of Europe

European long-distance footpaths

Hiking trails in Europe

World’s Best Hikes, Trails — National Geographic

Trails For Africa

South Africa’s top five multiday hikes

Your guide to Camping, Trekking, and Hiking Trails in Asia!

The Best Hikes in Australia

Walking Australia: Walking Tracks

Top Backpacking Destinations

Planning a Backpacking Trip


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Alpine-Track Hiking in Blue Mountains, Australia

backpacking trip to Crater Lake Yosemite Backpacking Trips-Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley



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