There are several benefits of hiking. It’s a well known fact that walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise, and simply walking or hiking a few miles a week can mean a healthier body. Hiking is also a good way to cope with depression or alleviate stress. One appeal of hiking is that you can do it alone; of course it’s also fun to hike with others. Hiking needn’t be expensive, and can be enjoyed into your 60s, 70s and even your 80s. Hiking is one of the best ways to really experience some of the world’s best scenery such as the Pennine Way, the Appalachian Trail or the Pilgrim’s Way in Spain. But one of the joys of hiking is that you don’t need to travel across the world; wherever you live, there’s somewhere to hike near you.