My interest in hiking developed when I was in college. Back then I did it only out of peer pressure. My friends would go hiking in a group and I had a major case of FOMO. Fast-forward to a few years later and I am a person who just can't survive without hiking every weekend.

Every weekend when I am on a hike, I meet new faces, young and old. If you are someone who has successfully resisted hiking so far, you are missing out on a lot. Of course, there are countless benefits to hiking. But, out of all those, here are my top 3 reasons why I think you should start hiking.


Connecting With the Roots

Our ancestors were deeply in touch with nature. Today, as we have grown accustomed to living in towns and cities, protected by walls and gates, we have forgotten what it was like to live amidst the tranquility of nature. Going on a hike is a perfect opportunity to explore nature and reconnect with it. Even if it's for a few hours, it can leave a calming effect on your mind and make you feel splendid after an exhausting week. Hike through mountains, hilly roads, forests, or rivers, and let the experience enrich your soul. There are many things in nature that you may be missing out on. Discover and cherish what is out there.

Outdoor Activity Fit for Everybody

There is no age barrier for hiking. You may be 16 or 60 and hiking will benefit you equally. You don't need a massive budget to plan a hike. All you need is willpower and physical strength. This is an exercise that doesn't put a strain on your joints (although downhill hiking can put stress on your bones at times). Not only that, hiking can be a great exercise to treat your cholesterol levels and improve your cardiovascular health.

Emotional and Mental Health

There has been enough research to prove that hiking has a positive impact on your emotional and mental health. When you invest in hiking, your body gets positive results that last for a long time. Even the kids can benefit from hiking. This is because hiking enhances brain development. Additionally, it can improve your immunity and provide relief from stress and anxiety.

Places in UK Worth Trying

If you are in the UK or visiting the UK, there are great places to go hiking. Below, I have mentioned three of my favourite places to hike.

Helvellyn via Striding Edge

One of the biggest mountains in England, Helvellyn is a beauty that offers multiple routes to hikers. Take the challenge of hiking to the summit and you will be surprised by the sense of achievement. Along with it, you get to enjoy the mesmerising views of Striding Edge and more.

Kinder Scout

One of my most visited destinations, Kinder Scout is a haven for hikers. Once an area meant only for the wealthy and the V.I.Ps, Kinder Scout was opened for the world to see in the early 20th century. The place has the most beautiful moorlands you could ever come across.

Ben Nevis via CMD Arete

The highest summit in the UK, Ben Navis, is not for beginners. Skilled hikers can take this route and get a life-changing experience. This one must be on your bucket list!