Why hill walking is the antidote to a hectic world

Posted by Carey Davies on 02/09/2016

Forget and find yourself at the same time. This video shows why walking in the mountains can be so powerful.

On paper, walking for hours over large bits of rock might seem strange or even a bit pointless.

But people who love hill walking know differently. Getting into the mountains can offer many things – camaraderie, exercise, fun and adrenaline, to name a few. But perhaps the most powerful thing about hill walking is the effect it has on the mind.  

Mountains refresh your mind and spirit like nothing else. As your body roams, so do your thoughts, taking you away from the intensity of the cities where most of us live. As the narrator in this video by Ben Winston says: “When I walk, I forget to worry. And it seems in forgetting, I remember what’s important again.”

If it inspires you to get into the hills, check out the links below for more information. And feel free to share it with your friends, family and stressed-out colleagues!

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GET OUT THERE: Discover hill walking with these BMC resources:

  • Essential hill walking know-how: A trove of online information to get started hill walking, covering clothing, equipment, navigation, skills, hazards and ideas.
  • Hill Walking Essentials DVD: Follow Fredelina and Ben as they learn essential skills and techniques for the British mountains. Buy it now in the BMC shop.
  • Safety on Mountains: Your essential guide to safe hill walking. Available to buy in the BMC shop.

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  • Hill Walking Essentials DVD: Follow Fredelina and Ben as they learn essential skills and techniques for the British mountains. Buy it in the BMC shop.

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17/08/2014
Loved this video. Great stuff! We're all be guilty of allowing ourselves to become hamster's in a wheel. We can understandably become consumed by work, stress and worry. However, every time I head for the peaks, it allows me to leave it all behind, even if for just one day. And I always leave the landscapes - having scrambled or walked - feeling replenished physically and mentally, with one question lingering: why do I ever really worry at all?!
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06/09/2014
I would rather be on a wet hillside than in a dry office.

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