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Great Ideas for That First (or Next) Walking Holiday

Walking holidays offer unique opportunities for you to experience the world in a more up close and personal fashion. If you have yet to experience the excitement of this increasingly popular break from the rat race and are still considering where to go, you have come to the right place. Below you will find a brief overview of some of the places we think you should contemplate taking a walking holiday in

Journey along the Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail begins in Independence, Missouri and ends in Oregon City, Oregon and was the trail used by roughly 300,000 emigrants from 1841 onwards looking to get to the west. Nowadays, the trail extends for 2170 miles and features no less than 125 sites of historic importance along the way and is perfect for keen hikers and walkers. One particular walk starts at the base of Mount Hood and leads you alongside the incredible Columbia River through waterfalls to scenic meadows with wildflowers blooming and stunning mountain vistas.

Crete

Crete is easily distinguished from the other Greek islands because it has small enclaves that are only reachable by boat or foot. As you walk along one of the footpaths here you will pass snowy white beaches and Venetian castles and dip down into deep and little explored gorges and coves. Crete stands out historical as being the homeland of Europe’s earliest people, known as the Minoan and due to the natural treasures and legends surrounding those people, travellers, archaeologists and historians continue to explore and make bold new finds.

Bhutan

Bhutan is an interesting place, particularly as travellers have only recently been allowed to travel to and the country. As you walk through this deeply historic and spiritual country, you will find carved wooden farmhouses, Buddhist temples and amazing mountain views. There are also paths along certain routes that lead to hillsides covered in blue pine and rhododendron, rustic villages and golden fields of buckwheat and mustard.

Switzerland

The best place to go on walking holidays in Switzerland is over the awe-inspiring mountains. The vast majority of peaks in the Swiss mountains have an average altitude of 4428, which is a lower higher than many of the world’s highest peaks. As you walk through the land you journey into 2 regions with distinct differences from a cultural point of view and you will hear 3 different languages. There is a rich variety on offer, beautiful scenery and the Swiss are famous for being very hospitable.

Nova Scotia, Canada

Walking is particular great in Nova Scotia thanks to the rugged and dramatic looking shoreline and the gloriously dark green hued hills. There are paths that lead right through the breath-taking Cape Breton Highlands National Park and from the Acadian fishing village Cheticamp you can explore the headland cliffs where there is no shortage of bald eagles to watch as they fly by.

Great British Walks

Obviously, you don’t actually have to go very far from your own house to begin an interesting and challenging walking holiday. There are many different routes and directions that you can take to explore the UK to a greater extent than you have in the past. If you are interested in finding out more about outdoor activities head over to www.britainoutdoors.co.uk.

 

By David Felix

David Felix, a 32 year old carpenter who is taking time out to travel and see more of the world before I get too old to enjoy it fully. I'm an easy going, flexible type of guy who likes to meet new people, wake up each morning not knowing what the day will bring and have fun. Follow my adventures and I shall try to describe each place I visit to the best of my abilities, giving you, the reader, a chance to form your own ideas. Happy travels and I hope to hear from you soon, Dave.