Definition of walking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    walking

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːkɪŋ//
     
    [uncountable] Hobbies, Exercise
     
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  1. 1  (especially British English) the activity of going for walks in the countryside for exercise or pleasure to go walking walking boots a walking holiday in Scotland Activities on offer include walking and bird watching. This is superb walking country. see also power walking See related entries: Hobbies, Exercise
  2. 2 the sport of walking a long distance as fast as possible without running CulturewalkingWalking, taking long walks in the countryside for pleasure, is a popular hobby in Britain, and many people go walking in national parks and other country areas at weekends. Walking is also called rambling (BrE) or hiking. Many routes go along public footpath s. These are rights of way (= paths across private land that the public has a legal right to use) which must be kept open and which are marked on Ordnance Survey maps. Keen walkers may walk one of Britain's many National Trails. The right to walk across open country was increased in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) .About half of the land of the US is open to the public, but there is no system equivalent to British public footpaths across private land. There are National Trails as well as many other paths and trails in national parks and other areas of natural beauty including thousands which are the responsibility of the states.
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