Walking and hiking holidays offer the perfect opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With so much beauty out in the world, a walking adventure is the perfect time to take things at your own pace and get truly lost in the magic of your surroundings.
Not sure where to step foot first? We’ve pulled together a list of some of the top walking and hiking adventures from across the globe to help get you started.
1. Inca trail, Peru
Head to Peru if you fancy hiking the world-famous Inca Trail which leads to the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu – an enchanting kingdom in the clouds. The trail itself is surrounded by stunning sub-tropical jungle, rich cloud forest and Incan ruins, and anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can walk it.
2. Meteora, Greece
Meteora is an interesting and beautiful place, mostly due to its abundance of large, eroding sandstone towers, and it’s history – it was once a seabed! This geographical phenomenon is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and hiking through the rock forest is now one of the most popular things to do in this part of Greece.
3. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
If you’d like to walk somewhere with plenty of culture, wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery then the Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia is the place to visit. You’ll get to trek through the captivating Simeon region into the African highlands where you’ll encounter some unique animals including the Gelada Baboon – which run in herds of up to 200 – and possibly the rare yet majestic Ethiopian Wolf. This is a wildlife adventure you won’t forget.
4. Hollyford Track, New Zealand
Located in Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford track sets a slightly easier pace. The trail gives walkers the privilege of encountering some of New Zealand’s most pure and inspiring wilderness areas with crystal clear rivers and lakes, as well as reefs, sand dunes and snow-capped mountains.
5. Liguria, Italy
Liguria, also known as “Land of the colours” is a magical region surrounded by clear blue Meditteranean sea and intensely green mountains, which is still unspoilt by tourism. Walking holidays to Liguria are generally very relaxed, allowing for more opportunities to savour the landscape.
6. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Standing at 5,895m high, Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania – and the tallest mountain on the African continent! Those who enjoy a challenge will be glad to know that this beautiful mountain is walkable (and the oldest person to climb it so far was 88 years old)!
7. Hadrian’s Wall Path, UK
Fancy doing an incredible 84 mile coast-to-coast hike right here in the UK? Hadrian’s Wall used to be a defensive fort used to guard the Roman Empire, but today people challenge themselves to walk along the wall’s path as they take in the history and stunning natural beauty that surrounds it.
Have you been on a walking or hiking holiday that you particularly enjoyed? Where did you travel to? What did you love most about it? We’d love to hear about your experiences! Join the conversation on the community forum, or leave a comment below.