Walking is a good way to exercise, relax and enjoy. Walking is healthy and accessible to almost everyone. There are many beautiful places to walk in the Netherlands and abroad, so there is something for everyone. Walking alone is fine, but it is not always safe and not very pleasant. Fortunately, there are many options for finding walking buddies.
Walking is healthy
Walking is an easy way to get moving, it is also very accessible. You can start with short walks and slowly build up to longer walks. Building up slowly prevents muscle pain and sore shins. Walking is very good for you. Not only are you moving, it is also good for many organs in your body. This makes your heart and lungs stronger and you get better brain activity. Walking also ensures good blood vessels and correct blood pressure. Your bones and muscles also become stronger. Walking has many benefits.
Walking groups and walking buddies
There are plenty of people who don’t like walking and that often means that walking enthusiasts don’t have a buddy to go walking with. Walking alone can be relaxing, but it is of course not completely safe. Something can always happen along the way. Walking alone is not very pleasant either, although there are plenty of people who do it. It just depends on what you like. If you don’t like going for a walk alone, luckily there is internet. You can quickly get in touch with fellow hikers via the internet. There are various walking forums and websites where walking buddies meet each other.
There are also a number of walking groups active on the internet. These websites contain agendas with planned walks, the so-called walking pools. You can register for this. On some websites this is free and on other websites you pay a small contribution. A volunteer guide leads the walk so you don’t have to worry about whether you are following the correct route.
Pros and cons
There are pros and cons to everything and that also applies to a walking group. The advantages are that you do not walk alone and you do not have to constantly pay attention to the route. Wrong walking rarely happens. You are with people who have the same goal in mind and this usually results in a fun and enjoyable walking group. You meet new people and hear stories about other walks. The disadvantages, however, are that you have to adapt to the others. Furthermore, if you walk with a group, you will spend a large part of the time chatting and therefore not seeing much of the surroundings. You will also see little wildlife. Some walking groups are very large, making it not really a peaceful walk.
Below are some websites where you can register for a walking pool.
The Walking Site
On the Walking Site you can walk with a walking pool with various subscription options. The range on this website is very extensive. The Walking Site is for all ages, but there are also two other sites for a specific age category. If you are 18 to 30 years old, you can go to 12Hike.nl and for those aged 20 to 45 years, you can go to Weekendhike.nl. Registering with these websites is free and you will automatically receive the walking agenda every month. Would you like to register for a day trip? Then that costs 1 strip. When you register you will receive 2 strips for free to try out. A 10 strip card costs 24 euros, a 4 strip card costs 12.50 euros and an unlimited membership costs 28.50 euros.
You can also set up a walking pool yourself for which you will receive 1 strip. Walking holidays are also regularly organized on the Walking Site for which you can register. You pay an x amount to the organizer for these holidays.
With the Walking Pool you have a membership. You pay for a certain period. This can be 1 month, 2 months or a whole year. The costs vary from 3.75 euros to 21 euros. There is also the option of a trial subscription. With the Walking Pool you can easily register for a fun day trip or a walking holiday.
Most beautiful routes
For the Most Beautiful Routes website you pay 13.50 per year and you can participate in unlimited walks with walking pools. You can also organize a walking pool yourself. You will also find a very wide range of walking routes, cycling routes and canoe routes that you can print out or download the GPX file to your GPS. New routes are added every month and you can also add walking routes yourself. There is also an option to post a review about a particular walk.