The benefits of hiking are well documented. It tones your muscles (with limited evidence on my body though), reduces body fat (see above), prevents heart and other diseases, and is excellent for your mental health. These days I am just about capable to get up and down a mid-sized mountain, which is why I consulted an expert for further advice. Enter Peter Welk; mountain goat extraordinaire. Peter is a retired banker and in a more adventurous capacity has been a tour leader at the German Alpine Association for the past 40 years or so. He has climbed and hiked across Asia and North America, but his preferred spots are in the Dolomites and in the Swiss Alps, and I have listed some of his favourite tours. You do not have to be a super fit athlete to tackle some of the hikes suggested in this post, and I have listed a number of gentle walks (Lake District, England in 6 walks, 4 mountains in Wales, Isle of Skye, German Wine route) that ought to be manageable even for the novice (famous last words ...).