6 Different words for WALKING in English

It was such a lovely day today that I went for a walk with both dogs, own dog and my neighbours’ dog that I am looking after for a few days. We did not go too far or too quickly as both dogs are a little old. There are several different words for WALKING in English, we can use them to describe different types of walking.

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6 Different Words for WALKING in English


Usually when there is no definite plan or direction to the walk.

I strolled along the river bank without a care in the world.


A much more energetic walk usually in the countryside, in the hills or low mountains.

I went on a hiking holiday last year in the lower Alps it was very tiring but extremely enjoyable.


You really have to walk quickly and firmly to maximise the benefits. The arms swing in sequence with your legs. It is recommended as a way to lose some extra kgs!

The guys in the village go for a power walk twice a week for 1 hour.


This really means to walk without any clear objective.

We meandered aimlessly for hours in the warm summer sun.


Similar to meander, we use it to describe a stroll, meander or just drift around.

I wandered around the shop and spotted a few potential Christmas gifts.

There is a famous poem written by famous English poet William Wordsworth “I wandered lonely as a cloud…”


I like this word as it describes not only how we might walk but sometimes how we talk!

I was rambling in the forest looking for mushrooms but did not find any.

Some more informal words to also describe walking casually include: to knock around, roam and mooch around.

Now if you would like to invite your English speaking friends to your walk you can say “Let’s go for a stroll after lunch.” They will be really impressed!

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