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Coastal Walks: Seven of the Best

Best Coastal Walks in the UK and Europe

 

A coastal walk is a very special experience. If you love the sea, there’s nothing better than a walk that takes you along cliff tops, beaches and peninsulas, with the crashing waves or crystal clear sea an ever-present companion as you make your way.


If looking out across the ocean to the horizon is an important element of your walking holiday, take a look at some of our favourite coastal walks.

 

The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path, at 630 miles, is the longest National Trail in the UK, and the majority of it winds its way along the spectacular coast of Cornwall, regularly voted Britain’s favourite holiday destination. Despite Cornwall’s popularity, you can easily escape the crowds, dipping in and out of coves and harbours and ascending beside dramatic cliffs, up to high viewpoints, along promontories and back down to expansive beaches which out of the high season can be all but deserted.


Walkers' Britain offers several trips along different sections of the South West Coast Path, each one offering something special as you pass through delightful fishing villages, larger towns and some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere in the UK.

 

Cornwall


Read more about all of the trips we offer on the South West Coastal Path here

 

Classic Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the quintessential Italian holiday - with stunning scenery and mouth-watering food. Pastel coloured fishing villages are perched on the staggering cliff side overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. 


You can walk along the Amalfi Coast using the extensive web of footpaths and mule tracks that thread along the cliffs, and a wealth of natural and cultural treasures can be reached relatively easily. The walking routes pass close to nature reserves, beautiful monasteries, caves and ancient farmhouses. You will also have the chance to walk through the historic towns of Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Scala Praiano and Positano, all little pearls set in a fantastic landscape.

 

Amalfi Coast


Walkers' Britain offers the Classic Amalfi Coast as a 6-day, 8-day or 11-day trip – and you can also combine it with the best of the neighbouring Cilento region in the 10-day Cilento and Amalfi Highlights trip.

 

Hiking the Vermillion Coast

Starting in France and finishing in Spain, this walk along 'La Cote Vermeille' follows the steep coastline where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. Taking in the culture and cuisine of French Catalunya and Spanish Catalonia, the trip visits beautiful coastal villages, including Collioure, where the colourful Fauve school of painting began, and follows waymarked paths between the vineyards of Roussillon and through heavily scented maquis to the seaport of Banyuls, home of the great French sculptor Aristide Maillol.


After crossing the frontier into Spain, you continue past rocky bays and then climb inland over a high col and along the mountains to the monastery of San Pere de Rodes, before descending steeply, passing ancient Dolmens to the attractive fishing village of Port de la Selva. From here the trails become more remote as you head into the recently established Natural Park of Cap de Creus - into the beautiful whitewashed old town of Cadaques. 

 

The Vermillion Coast


This is a great opportunity to explore a lesser-known, but beautiful, stretch of European coastline. Find out more about the trip here.

 

A Saunter in Sardinia

Sardinia is an inspirational island of natural beauty, with a mix of Italian and Spanish cultures. Walking from the black mountains of Montiferru to the Sinis wetlands you will discover beaches, bays, headlands, ancient ruins and historical sites. This is a gentle walk crossing a variety of terrain and home to much bird life, especially in the spring. The Montiferru mountains, a basaltic area famous for green forests, clear spring water and local 'red' beef provide wonderful walking opportunities with sweeping coastal views, charming accommodation and plenty of places to swim. 


Bird watchers will be entertained by the large colonies of grey herons, pink flamingoes and a wealth of other bird life, while the ancient Spanish watchtowers, small villages and the ancient site of Tharros occupied by the Phoenicians, Punics and Romans offer welcome distractions for those keen to learn more about the island's history and culture. 

 

Sardinia


Find out more about the trip here.

 

The Isle of Wight

With Walkers' Britain you can walk or cycle the entire coastline of the Isle of Wight, a jewel of an island off the south coast of England, where you can visit historical places on scenic coastal paths and cross hilly grassy down land, through ancient woodlands, and past rustic farms.


Famous for its sailing regattas, white chalk cliffs and Queen Victoria’s holiday home, Osborne House, the Isle of Wight seems to exist in its own time. Beyond the big tourist towns of Shanklin and Sandown, and the sophistication of Cowes harbour, everything is on a manageable scale - no huge towns, or big industrial blights, but long chalky downs, sandy beaches and enchanting woodlands. Seaside rock, ice cream and fish ’n’ chips of course, but also great pubs and restaurants, quiet paths, historical churches and gems of villages.

 

Isle of Wight


Whether you choose to walk or cycle around this island, you’re sure to have a quite charming experience. Find out more here.


The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way isn’t an entirely coastal walk – but fans of walking along cliff tops overlooking the sea will have plenty to entertain them, as over half of the walk follows the hilly coastline of the Yorkshire seaside.


This is the second of the UK’s National Trails, dating from 1969 and is rooted in the North York Moors National Park and Yorkshire Heritage Coast. Along its length there are contrasts in walking between field-quilted farmlands, forest patches, dramatic sandstone rock scarps, bleak moorlands and the highly eroded coastline, punctuated by beautiful little fishing villages, clinging to the cliffs. Apart from busy coastal towns such as Scarborough, it remains a tranquil area, bolstered and protected by the presence of the National Park of which about 80% of the walk occupies. Highlights of the Cleveland Way include, the remains of the Norman Rievaulx Abbey, and 13th century Whitby Abbey (but dating from the 7th century!), the Captain Cook Monument and Robin Hoods Bay with its cliff-hanging cottages. 

 

Cleveland Way


Find out more about walking the Cleveland Way here.

 

Cinque Terre Villages

Enjoy some of the finest coastal walking in Europe on this the most beautiful section of the Italian Riviera. The five charming villages of the Cinque Terre - Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore have been praised by artists and poets for centuries. They have celebrated the tiny aquamarine inlets that serve as fishing harbours and the ancient terraces rising steeply out of the coastal crags in words and pictures. 


The trip is perfect for walkers who enjoy being based at a single centre. You’ll stay in a traditional style ‘albergo’ in the small resort of Monterosso close to the sea, where regional dishes are very much the speciality. The idea is that on most days you either walk from the hotel or take the train from Monterosso to start the next walk. If you don't feel like walking, or if you want to reduce the length of the existing walk, you can always spend time on the beaches or more time discovering the beautiful villages of the Cinque Terre more intimately, with each village boasting its own unique character and flavour.

 

Manarola, Cinque Terre


Find out more about Cinque Terre Villages here.

How To Celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee At Home
If you're in the UK or in any way engaged with anything British, you must have come across the June 2022 celebrations of HM Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. The first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in February 1952 and now completes 70 years of public service. It's celebrated with special events in London and across the country for four days in a row. 
 

Royal Celebrations

From a Big Jubilee Lunch and a Platinum Party at the Palace, to trooping the colour, a pageant, and ringing Great Paul - the largest church bell in the country, the entire county will celebrate. Many of the events will be broadcast live by the BBC or on BBC iPlayer. But, if you really like to get a taste of the celebrations, then make the official Platinum Jubilee Pudding at home. 
 

Platinum Jubilee Pudding

You can choose to prepare every piece of the trifle from scratch, following Jemma's winning recipe of the early May The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Making competition, or opt for a shortcut version. All details can be found on the royal website, and the dessert it involves lots of cream, lemon curd, Swiss rolls, custard, and amaretti biscuits. 
 
Happy celebrations and we look forward to seeing you on the Great British trails!
 
Sunset at Yarmouth harbour, Isle of Wight |  <i>visitisleofwight.co.uk</i> Lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle |  <i>Jonathan Vines</i> Celebrating everything British |  <i>Ben Gibbins</i>
 

Let the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee inspire you to discover the very best Britain has to offer – there are some great landscapes, villages and towns across the country that are ripe for exploration. Find the best UK National Trails now
 

 
Picture This: A Vision of Mont Blanc!

Being one of Europe’s most impressive mountain regions, extraordinary Mont Blanc is hard to grasp in words. A diverse flora and fauna, ever changing scenery, charming settlements, and a plethora of tracks and trails all make up the mountain area that covers France, Italy and Switzerland.

 

To give you an idea what you may expect on one of our walking holidays circumnavigating the peak, check out this overview of Mont Blanc images and be awed.

 

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Scenic Mont Blanc Region

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpine Mountain Hamlets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired?

Do you, after seeing these fantastic Mont Blanc images, like to experience this part of France, Italy and Switzerland for yourself? You can on one of our Mont Blanc walking holidays:

Tour du Mont Blanc – 14 Days >> An extended self guided circumnavigation around the highest mountain in Western Europe, through the meadows and mountain passes of Mont Blanc in France, Italy and Switzerland.

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Mont Blanc Classic Walk – 8 Days >> Discover the highlights of the Mont Blanc region on this self guided walk through France, Switzerland and Italy.

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Mont Blanc Guided Walk – 8 Days >> An exhilarating hike around Mont Blanc taking in sweeping vistas of famous peaks and glaciers.

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Mont Blanc Family Adventure – 7 Days >> A special family walking adventure through the Alps to view the Mont Blanc regions famous peaks and glaciers.

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Mont Blanc Highlights – 6 Days >> An exhilarating guided horseshoe circuit hike around Mont Blanc with internal transfers by local bus.

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On Track - Q&A on Hiking Norway’s Fjords

To give you a deeper understanding of our cycling and walking holidays in Europe, we like to introduce you to our new On Track feature. Today is the first in a series of quick Q&A’s on a specific trip in our offer. We conducted this inaugural Q&A with resident guide John who was in Norway earlier this month where he hiked the routes of our The Fjordland walking trip. We describe this Norway hiking trip as

 

"A wide-ranging introduction to trekking in Norway, featuring a range of walks of different standards, in differential scenery".

 

Get a better understanding of The Fjordland walking trip and what you may expect of walking in Norway via the below questions and answers.

 

#1  What is special about hiking in Norway?

I think you could say there is a frontier, wild feeling to hiking in Norway. The scenery can be bleak and beautiful in places with expansive vistas over distant lakes. There are tracks of forest and then you find the fjords with the most dramatic scenery imaginable.

 

#2  To what other region in the world can you compare the Norwegian landscape?

Norway has aspects that are similar to Sweden of course, but it can also be similar to parts of Scotland and Iceland. There are moderate fells and glacial features. Norway has the same geology to parts of the Scottish Highlands and let’s face it, similar weather - southern Norway is on quite the same latitude as Northern Scotland.

 

Fjords and Lakes in Norway

 

glacier on a hike in Norway fjordland

 

#3  What is the weather like when I go walking in Norway?

Norwegian weather is frontal and fickle, it can do anything at these latitudes, there is great trekking here but you should be prepared with your clothing (good shells and layering) and have a positive attitude. The weather changes all the time. All being well, there should be enough walks of different standards in our package to enable you to cope with the vagaries of weather, as well as other things to do!

The walking remains dramatic in all different types of weather.
 

#4  Will we encounter other walkers on this trip?

It depends whether it is the weekend and where you are. On most of the walks in my week in July, I have seen between 5 and 12 people, it isn't a lot. Maybe on the more tourist oriented routes like from Myrdal to Flam you would see a few dozen, but mostly on bikes.

Most Norwegians have good English and although it is worth having a phrase book, generally the people speak our English language very freely... like the Dutch or Danes.
 

hike up prestholtskarvet in Norway

 

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#5  Where can I stop for a drink or a snack?

On the walks, there are few places where you can buy refreshments and some of the huts are unmanned. There are a couple of cafes on a couple of the routes. These are quite charming; one is for example in an old farm and another used to be a railwayman's house. A lot of the emphasis when walking in Norway is on the self-reliant experience. This means, make sure you have stocked up on snacks and filled your flask before you head out each morning. Our route notes will explain more in depth.

 

#6  What 3 items should I pack for a Norway hiking trip?

  • Walking poles... a great help on snow patches and long steep descents. 
  • Shell clothing including gaiters... you need to be waterproof as much as possible
  • Duty free... save yourself a fortune on drinks.
     

We hope this information has indeed answered some of the questions you may have had. If you have other queries, please get in touch with John and the Walkers' Britain team via phone or email.

 

Did you like this Q&A and would you like to get similar details of one of our other active Europe holidays? We’d be happy for you to tell us about your suggestions.

Or if you like to be among the firsts to hear about the latest On Track Q&A destination, sign up for our fortnightly e-newsletter here.  

 

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The People Behind Europe’s Most Famous Hiking Trails

Legendary and influential personalities from the past were the inspiration for many of the famous hiking trails that we find today scattered all over Europe. Roman emperors, artists, environmentalists and kings & warriors, these famous names have all left their legacy in places that are still attractive to discover on foot today. If you like to follow in the footsteps of legends, below overview of popular hiking trails may bring you some ideas for your next walking holiday.

John Muir

The walk: John Muir Way

John Muir, the great bushy bearded man, was born into a strictly religious household. As a child, he developed a deep love for the natural world around his home. He was known to escape from his bedroom window into the Dunbar countryside to enjoy the natural wonders of Scotland.

As a grown up, he moved to the United States where he founded the Sierra Club, convinced politicians to create the Yosemite National Park, and raised the cry for conservationism and environmentalism decades before it was fashionable to do so.

John Muir and famous hiking trail in Scotland

Where? Scotland, this trail is also dubbed as Scotland’s Coast to Coast walk

Distance? 216.2 kilometres / 134 miles

Highlights of the Walk: Beautiful coastal walking around Dunbar and North Berwick, time spend at the city of Edinburgh, pretty Scottish fishing villages and historical sites such as the Antonine Wall, Roman forts and castles.

Read more about this hiking trail made famous because of John Muir >>

 

Emperor Hadrian

The walk: Hadrian’s Wall Trail

Publius Aelius Hadrianus Augustus as his full name was, ruled the Roman Empire between 117-138. The emperor spent a great deal of time with the military among ordinary soldiers, visited basically all corners of the empire and is known to have been one of the ‘good emperors’. To separate the Romans in Brittania, as the UK was known in the time, from the ‘barbarians’ in the north and to keep intact the empire, he called for the construction of the wall. In this way, trade between the border could be controlled and it also helped regulate immigration.

The wall was built by 15,000 men in under six years and runs from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea. From here the Romans could command their resources and control the raiding skirmishes of the Northern Britons.

famous hiking trail of Hadrian's Wall

Where? North England, an alternative English Coast to Coast route between Carlisle and Whitley Bay

Distance? 133 kilometres / 83 miles

Highlights of the Walk: To start with, the wall itself of which much can still be seen today and along which many other interesting Roman sights such as bath houses, forts and bridges. Then we like this famous trail because of the scenic variety from the modern cityscapes of Newcastle Upon Tyne to the red sandstone hues of medieval Carlisle, from industrial Tyneside to the quiescence of Bowness on Solway.

Read more about this hiking trail made famous because of the Roman emperor Hadrian >>

King Ludwig

The walk: King Ludwig’s Way in Bavaria

Also known by names such as the Swan King, Mad King Ludwig or ‘der Märchenkönig’ (the Fairytale King), King Ludwig was the head of Bavaria in Germany for 20 years until his death in 1886. He never got married or had any heirs and during his reign, he was mostly occupied by the construction of castles and other buildings, as well as art & music. He was so taken by his passions, that he spent all of his royal money on this and even borrowed extra to realise his projects. All this probably explains his nicknames.

Luckily for us, today his legacy can still be admired in the German region of Bavaria by means of, for example, Linderhof Palace, Herrenchiemsee and his architectural masterpiece Neuschwanstein Castle. King Ludwig was a keen walker himself and you will pass the lake where his body was found in 1886.

walking in Bavaria and Neuschwanstein Castle

Where? Bavaria in Germany and close to the border with Austria

Distance? 96.5 kilometres / 60 miles

Highlights of the Walk: Being one of the famous longer walks in Germany, the trail takes you past two scenic lakes, baroque architecture, plenty of castles, gorges, a limestone wall, fine viewpoints and finally King Ludwig’s superb Neuschwanstein Castle.

James Herriott

The walk: James Herriot Way

James Alfred Wight was born on 3 October 1916, in Sunderland, County Durham, England. In 1939, at the age of 23, he  qualified as a veterinary surgeon and in July 1940 he took on a position in the town of Thirsk where he spent the rest of his life. The practice was located close to the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, where he spent a lot of his time.

Today we know him as James Herriot and the author of a series of books based on his personal life: ‘If Only They Could Talk’ or perhaps better known as ‘All Creatures Great and Small.’ In 1977 filming started for a TV series of the books and the majority of this was shot in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

James Herriot in Yorkshire Dales

©Jim Wight

Where? The Yorkshire Dales National Park in England

Distance? 80 kilometres / 50 miles

Highlights of the Walk: For a fantastic exploration of England’s Yorkshire Dales, this walk brings you attractive fell walking, contrasting Dales (valleys), typical English villages, rivers, waterfalls, mountains and moorlands.

Bishop St Cuthbert

The walk: St Cuthbert’s Way

St Cuthbert’s ministry began around 650AD and he became the prior of Lindisfarne where he was famous for his healing powers. In his life, he increasingly craved for more solitude so he decided to retreat to St. Cuthbert's Isle, just off Holy Island, and later to Inner Farne where he lived as a hermit in a small enclosure.

Soon he was appointed Bishop of Lindisfarne and was obliged to travel around preaching the gospel. He eventually returned to Inner Farne to die and, eleven years later, his coffin was opened to reveal such a miraculously well-preserved body that he was canonised. This was also the reason for the extended cult following that has developed and that is known as The Community of St. Cuthbert. The Community was responsible for the Lindisfarne Gospels; claimed by some as the greatest work of art in the Anglo Saxon period. In 875AD, during the times of Viking raids, the Community left the island with the relics of St. Cuthbert for an eight-year jaunt around the borders of England and Western Scotland. The relics were meant to have rested in a spot known as St. Cuthbert's Cave on the first night off the island and you will be able to pass the cave on the famous trail that is the St Cuthbert’s Way.

The Cheviot Hills in Northumberland |  <i>Alan Hunt</i>

Where? From the Scottish borders to the coast of Northumberland in northeast England

Distance? 147 kilometres / 91 miles

Highlights of the Walk: This hiking trail includes unspoilt countryside and the broad horizons of the Northumberland coast, small historic towns, grand castles, Tweed Valley (from where the famous tweed cloth origins), and the holy island of Lindisfarne.

Read more about this hiking trail made famous because of bishop St Cuthbert >>

Offa, King of Mercia

The walk: Offa’s Dyke Path

Offa, King of Mercia in 757 to 796 AD, may have taken some inspiration from Hadrian's Wall (which would have then still have been moderately intact) when ordering the construction of Offa’s Dyke. Originally it was about 27 metres wide and 8 metres from the ditch bottom to the bank top.

King Offa wielded a tremendous amount of power over a kingdom that effectively made him an early English monarch. His domain included the Trent - Mersey River line in the north and south to the Thames. Kent and East Anglia were also included, and although Wales, Wessex and Cornwall were all ruled by different kings, Offa strategically created a series of alliances with the Kings of Wessex and Northumbria by marrying his daughters off to them. He had diplomatic and trading links with Charlemagne, the powerful King based in Francia, and communicated with the Pope.

King Offa is famous for having established the penny as the standard monetary unit in England, with the same silver content as coins in circulation in Francia, thereby assisting both national and international trading.

walking Offa's Dyke Path

Where? Wales

Distance? 125 kilometres / 79 miles

Highlights of the Walk: One of Wales’ most famous hiking trails follows the boundary of Mercia and brings you to walk past historic castles and abbeys, the Wye Valley and more than 10 crossings of the border between England and Wales.

 

Alfred Wainwright

The walk: England’s Coast to Coast Trail

We know about the Coast to Coast Trail today thanks to British fell walker, illustrator and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright. He was the founding father of one of the world’s most popular and famous hiking trails when between 1955-1966 he published the seven-volume Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. In fact, the books have been available ever since. His Coast to Coast Walk guidebook (still available and a great souvenir of the trip) was the first to describe “one of the world’s great walks” and is used as a base for other publishers today. As a child, little Alfred already drew his own maps of his local area and England and at age 23 he first saw the Lakeland Fells. There are 214 of these described in the Pictorial Guides and visiting them all is a famous way of peak bagging.

Alfred Wainwright was born in 1907 and passed away in 1991 after a heart attack.

walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast

Where? England

Distance? 315 kilometres / 195 miles

Highlights of the Walk: The feeling of accomplishment after crossing a country from coast to coast can hardly be beaten. Along the way, appreciate classic English countryside, the dramatic landscapes of the Lake District National Park and lakes, rocky coastline, and welcoming English village pubs.

Read more about this hiking trail made famous because of the British author & fell walker Alfred Wainwright >>

St James

The walk: The Way of St James

The name Santiago is linked to the apostle James (Santiago means Saint James) who was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He travelled to the most north-western part of Spain to preach and convert people to Christianity. After his passing in 44AD, his tomb was placed in the city Santiago de Compostela. In the 9th Century this was unearthed at which point early Christian pilgrims started to walk from their own homes to the city in Spain. Today, this famous pilgrimage is known as the Camino de Santiago, or just Camino.

walking the Way of St James to Santiago

Where? France, on the old pilgrim’s route between Le Puy and Conques

Distance? 200 kilometres / 124 miles

Highlights of the Walk: This ancient pilgrims’ route goes through the Auvergne and Languedoc to let you explore rural France, the Massif Central and the green hills of the Aveyron and the legacy of the Hundred Year War.

Read more about this hiking trail made famous because of Saint James or known as Santiago >>

Rob Roy MacGregor

The walk: Rob Roy Way

Rob Roy MacGregor became a well-known cattleman at a time when cattle rustling was a commonplace means of earning a living. Defaulting on his loans he became an outlaw and a price was placed on his head. Escaping capture several times turned him into a Scottish folk hero and in later life, due to his fame or notoriety, King George gave him a pardon.

famous hiking trails: Rob Roy Way

Where? Scottish Highlands

Distance? 124 kilometres / 77 miles

Highlights of the Walk: The walk begins in the pretty village of Drymen, whose Clachan Inn is the oldest registered licensed pub in Scotland and would have been known by Rob Roy as it was run by his sister! From there, highlights of this famous hiking trail include attractive lochs (or lakes), a Victorian spa town, forests, river paths and of course the Scottish Highlands.

Read more about this hiking trail made famous because of Rob Roy MacGregor >>

Vincent van Gogh

The walk: In Van Gogh’s Footsteps

In 1888 Vincent van Gogh moved from Paris to Arles in Provence where, after a 16-hour train journey, he started the most ambitious and productive period of his life. He worked under luminescent skies and the bleaching Provencal Sun painting the fields, drawbridges, cypress trees, cafes, local folk and ancient Abbey Ruins.

Living at Arles, his technique modified as he began to use the swirling brush strokes and intense colours that you see in works like ‘Bedroom at Arles’ (1888), and ‘Starry Night’ (1889). He seemed to imbue visible phenomena with vitality. In his enthusiasm he encouraged the painter Paul Gauguin to join him, but within weeks they began to have violent disagreements, culminating in a quarrel in which van Gogh threatened Gauguin with a razor. It was on that night, when in deep remorse, Van Gogh famously cut off part of his own ear. 

famous hiking trails - Provence Vincent van Gogh

Where? Provence, France

Distance? 48-56 kilometres / 30-35 miles

Highlights of the Walk: The reason why Van Gogh spent so much time in this part of France becomes obvious when you walk along vineyards and olive groves, medieval villages, beautiful Avignon and Arles, and the small massif of Les Alpilles.

Read more about this area in France made famous because of painter Vincent van Gogh >>

 

Inspired? Contact our team of travel experts with all queries you may have regarding these famous hiking trails and we are happy to assist you more.

 

UK Trip Closures June 2022
This year we are seeing exceptional interest in our UK trails from walkers & cyclists from around the world. We’ve used the word before, it’s unprecedented and we have now closed most of our UK trips for May and June. We’ve come to a point that there simply are no more beds to be found. 
The rest of the year is highly popular as well, so do get in touch now if you have your boots laced up and are ready to hit the trails. 
 
 

Want to Explore In June?

Fear not, there are a few options that we can potentially organise for you in case you would like to explore the UK in May and June.
 
If you’re an English Lake District enthusiast, consider our Keswick: Lake District Centre Based Walking trip. Our team have pre-walked a series of routes for you that you can follow at your own leisure, or combine them with relaxing by lake Derwent Water or taking part in some of the other outdoor activities that this ‘adventure capital of the UK’ is home to. 
 
For coastal walking in the UK, you can travel along the Channel Island Way for your May or June break. Walk in the footsteps of Victor Hugo, Renoir and Queen Victoria. 
 
Get in touch with our team in London to discuss about your travel plans and current availability.
 
Tennerfest: Plan Your Channel Island Walk
Each year the 1st of October marks the start of the Channel Island's famous Tennerfest Food Festival. 
It's a 6-week festival that celebrates food by offering fixed price menus from £10. 

Plan your walking holiday along the Channel Island Way in October and add some extra value to your UK island break. You'll have access to the finest food of the islands at very affordable prices. A three-course menu starts from £10 per head, then there are options for £12.50, £15, £17.50 and £20. The choice is plenty: over 150 hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes take part in the festival each year. 
 
Opt for an extended lunch at this popular tavern |  <i>Nathalie Thompson</i> A hiker on the Channel Island Way |  <i>Nathalie Thompson</i> Defences at Chateau Le Mont Orgueil |  <i>John Millen</i> Sea food and eat it! |  <i>John Millen</i> The Steam clock, St. Helier |  <i>John Millen</i> Elizabeth Marina, St. Helier |  <i>John Millen</i>

Take a relaxing lunch break from your walk or plan for an evening meal to enjoy Guernsey’s traditional, distinctly Anglo-French cuisine. For a change, menus based on Chinese, Indian, Italian and other traditional flavours will be available as well.

The walking conditions in October are excellent with temperatures ranging between 5-18 degrees Celsius (41-46 F) and the islands have more sunshine hours than other parts of the UK. 

Will you go for the for traditional local favourites such as bean jar and gâche melée? Or will you opt for the more general fish 'n chips? 

See you this October!
 

You have three options to explore the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, Herm, Sark & Alderney on foot:

Trips depart until 25 October, giving you plenty of time to take part in the Tennerfest Food Festival. Contact our team of walking experts to plan your Channel Island break. 
 
 
Isle of Wight Walking Festival: Visit in May

Why May Is One Of The Best Months To Visit The Isle Of Wight

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is one of England’s longest running walking festivals. Launched in 1999, its popularity has been growing ever since and today it is one of the best known events of its kind across the UK.

 

The weeklong festival takes place on the Isle of Wight every May, which is one of the best months to explore the island, either on foot or by bike.

 

Here are five reasons why:

 
 
May is one of the driest months on the Isle of Wight - Walkers' Britain

 

1. The weather: Not too hot, not too cold

Located just off the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight is one of the sunniest places in the UK. The Isle of Wight Walking Festival takes place in May, which is one of the driest months of the year. As the days get longer, day temperatures get to a comfortable 15°C/59°F.
 
 
You will often walk through bluebell woods on the Isle of Wight in May - Walkers' Britain

 

2. Endless carpets of bluebells

Did you know that almost half of the world’s bluebells are found in the UK? These delicate carpets of blue are a classic sign of English spring (they come out in late April and last for several weeks, just in time for the Isle of Wight Walking Festival) and you will come across them throughout the island.
 
 
Flowers blossom outside the thatched church of Freshwater Bay - Walkers' Britain

 

3. A spectacle of colours

With over half of the island recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will see nature in bloom everywhere. Visit during the walking festival and find yellow primroses and cowslips; purple violets and green-winged orchids; white wood anemones; and meadows full of wildflowers.
 
 
Sunset at Yarmouth harbour, Isle of Wight |  <i>visitisleofwight.co.uk</i>

 

4. Make the most of the coastline

With nearly 60 miles/95 km of coastline and more than two dozens of beaches, every day on the Isle of Wight means the sea is always within easy reach. Check if the ‘crab shed’ is open (famous for its delicious crab or mackerel pasties) or maybe go for the first swim of the season when you visit during the Walking Festival.
 
 
Butterflies are easy to spot on the Isle of Wight in the spring - Walkers' Britain

 

5. Fluttering butterflies and chirping birds

Colourful butterflies are easy to spot on the Isle of Wight and they make their first appearance in late spring. But the island is also home (or a stopover!) for several species of birds, both native and migratory, such as swallows, cuckoos, nightingales and blackcaps.
 

 
Whether you will be joining in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival or not, if you feel inspired to visit the Isle of Wight, here are five extra reasons to book with Walkers’ Britain:

ü Choice to explore the island either on a walking or cycling break
ü Detailed route notes with extensive background information and interesting facts and trivia
ü Luggage transfers are included
ü Access to our readily available team of experts
ü 24-hour hotline for extra peace of mind

>>> Plan the perfect walking break on the Isle of Wight

>>> Explore the Isle of Wight on two wheels
 
Walking in the Austrian & Swiss Alps

Sunny Summer Strolls in the Alps

The Alps of Austria and Switzerland often see crisp and attractive walking weather in the summer months with daylight until 9pm. Read on for some of the best hiking options in both countries.

Austrian Lake District

Beautiful mountainous landscapes of Gosausee, Austria
 

This year the Austrian Lake District is a region that appeals and on one of our trips you can easily combine a visit with hiking the peaks of the Dachstein Alps.

Some of the most popular trips take in the Austrian Lake District and Dachstein Alps and Trans Tyrol - Garmisch to Innsbruck, close to the border with Germany.

If you can’t decide between walking or cycling Innsbruck to Salzburg Hike & Bike combines the best of both worlds.

Haute Route in Switzerland
 

Walking up to Villa
 

In neighbouring Switzerland, the Haute Route is a classic walking region, however compared to most other areas in the country the majority of the paths is little trodden. 

Bernese Oberland

Walking in the Alps with the iconic Matterhorn in the distance
 

If you like to see the flower-strewn alpine meadows of the Bernese Oberland and Rachstein Falls at their best, the coming months are your best option.

Mont Blanc

Alpine valley along the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit |  <i>Annika Rautiola</i>
 

And then there is the Mont Blanc – classic for a reason, as it is western Europe’s highest peak.

The ever-popular Tour du Mont Blanc takes two weeks to complete.

But, if you can’t be away for that long, there several other options that will immerse you in the natural beauty of this spectacular region.

 

 

Head to the Alps of Switzerland and Austria this July to September to enjoy an excellent variety of alpine flowers, animals, bountiful picnic lunches, and incomparable mountain panoramas. 


The majority of our active European holidays can be booked until about a week in advance. So if you like to escape to better weather, just use the booking form linked to the trip you like, or contact our team of travel experts in our London offices. We look forward to help get you on your way! 

Grande Randonnées & Other French Long-Distance Footpaths

There is an elaborate network of grande randonnées in France (literally "big hikes") that form part of the European long-distance footpaths. In the country alone, there is already a network of 60,000km of GR trail to discover. If that’s not enough, France has many other interesting long-distance footpaths that offer fabulous walking conditions.

Below, we selected five French long distance footpaths for you. No matter if you like to complete them in one go, like to break them up in separate sections, or just cover the best parts, as usual, our team in London can assist with your wishes.

 

Way of St James

Full Length: 1500km / 935 miles

 

French long distance footpath - The Way of St James with Walkers' Britain

 

Rustic and charming, this is one of our most popular trips, ideal for anyone who wishes to explore some of the more unusual, less visited landscapes of rural France, coupled with a flavour of the past and a dose of religious history. It covers a large swathe of the uplands of the Massif Central, taking a path that the early pilgrims walked to reach Santiago de Compostela about 1500 kilometres later.

               >> See More & Walk this Long-Distance Footpath

 

GR20

Full Length: 180km / 112 miles

 

Walk the grande randonnee GR20 in France's Corsica with Walkers' Britain

 

Dense maquis, mountain ridges and granite peaks that soar to 2,700m create a rugged terrain that is tempered by deeply wooded valleys, pine forest and cascading streams. This toughest of all grande randonnées in France starts in Corte’s old town, which clings to the steep slope below its majestic citadel. It then leads from the heart of the mountains across the north-south watershed to the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Along the way you will pass ancient villages that preserve century-old traditions and visit iconic rock formations such as Les Calanches.

>> See More & Walk this Grande Randonnée

 

Tour de Mont Blanc

Full Length: 170km / 106 miles

 

Mont Blanc walking holidays with Walkers' Britain

 

This self-guided, extended itinerary circumnavigates Mont Blanc via a network of footpaths to explore the surrounding alpine region. Faced with picture postcard vistas from every vantage point, on a two week trek you can enjoy unsurpassed views of the different faces of the Mont Blanc massif. The trails also lead you to the highest point on the Tour of Mont Blanc, the Grand Col Ferret at 2,537m.

>> See More & Walk this Long-Distance Footpath

 

GR70 | Stevenson’s Trail

Full Length: 274km / 170 miles

 

Walk in Cevennes - GR70 - grande randonnee walks with Walkers' Britain

 

In the autumn of 1878 Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, author of the book Treasure Island, set out to walk across the Cevennes region of France accompanied by “a small grey donkey called Modestine”. His journey inspired Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, which has since become a classic travel book. Starting in the Auvergne, this French long distance footpath follows a winding route across a region that boasts great natural beauty, sad romantic ruins and is almost totally unspoilt. Today it is known as the Stevenson’s Trail or Chemin Stevenson.

>> See More & Walk this Grande Randonnée

 

GR10 | The Meridian Way

Full Length: 866km / 538 miles

 

French long distance footpaths - Meridian Way with Walkers' Britain

 

When the Greenwich Meridian was agreed upon as the international standard in 1884, the fact that it was passing through some of the most spectacular corners of the High Pyrenees was probably not a major consideration. Today, the line forms part of the grande randonnée GR10 that goes through the Haute Pyrenees. Highlights of the route include: the dramatic Cirque de Gavarnie, a natural amphitheatre 1,400m high; the spectacular Grande Cascade, whose 423m drop makes it the longest in Europe; and the famous Brêche de Roland, a natural rock ‘doorway’ into Spain.

>> See More & Walk this Grande Randonnée

 

 

You can find more information in the trip notes, which you can download via the blue button on each trip’s page. Or for other details and booking information, please do contact our team of travel experts by phone or email. 

 

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