Hiking is the preferred term for long vigorous walks in the countryside and often on hiking trails. Other names that can be used to refer to hiking are rambling, hillwalking and fell walking. Hiking is very popular, so much so, that there are numerous hiking organisations in the world. Some hiking trips can be done in a single day and others may take multiple days, also known as backpacking. During the 18th century the idea of undertaking a walk through the countryside for pleasure developed, largely because of changing attitudes to the landscape and nature. Thomas West, an English clergyman popularised the idea of walking in his guide to the Lake District, 1778.

Common Hiking Injuries

There are many benefits of hiking, as it’s good for your heart, joints, muscles and bones and is generally a safe way to exercise. However, there are safety and environmental issues to consider, especially if you choose to walk in parks or reserves that offer difficult terrain or long trails.

Whilst it may be considered low risk, hiking injuries are still possible. The most common hiking injuries are blisters on feet, sore hips and knees and cuts and scrapes. More serious hiking injuries could come from falling over especially on tougher terrain.

Insurance for Hiking

Sportsinsurance4u offers a variety of hiking insurance plans.

Sports Accident Insurance

General & Medical via Sportsinsurance4u can offer you a comprehensive range of hiking personal accident insurance providing cash benefits for hiking injuries such as breaks and dislocations, as well as income protection and disablement cover. Cover is also available for accidental injury whilst travelling to and from a training session, competition or whilst on an organised tour.

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Sports Health Insurance

Our Sports Health Insurance for people participating in hiking offers all of the standard benefits of Private Health Insurance along with important cover for sports related injuries.

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As an alternative for hikers, General & Medical can also offer Private Health Insurance for you and your family, whether you are on a budget or whether you are looking for the most comprehensive levels of protection.

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