I do it both ways. I also hiked Sunday with my son. A hike with him or a friend whenever I can. Most of the time I'm by myself.. I find that much more rewarding than walking on sidewalks.
Thanks, and, go for it. You may want to check out all your county Greenways, for example.
Drae -- floundering forward, everlasting beginner.
Poco a poco. it don't work if you don't do it.
JulieG: Sticking with it slowly.
G.K. Chesterton: Practice makes progress.
A thing worth doing well is worth doing badly at first.