30 April 2019
Tired of rushing during your holidays? Are you more interested in immersing yourself in a destination rather than just ticking off places you’ve visited? A walking holiday might be for you! Experiencing a destination on foot is one of the best ways to slow down, tune in and truly get to know a place. Here are some top walks to add to your list.
Abel Tasman Coast Track, New Zealand
This stunning, 60km stretch of track showcases the lush forests, golden beaches, crystalclear rock pools and spectacular bays that New Zealand is known for. While many visitors choose to walk the entire track end-to-end, others opt to dip in and out of the track, completing sections at their own pace before catching a water taxi to their hotel.
The Swiss alpine hub of Grindelwald may live in the shadow of the Eiger, but you don’t need to be a serious mountain climber to take advantage of the trails scattered throughout the surrounding countryside. Using the magical mountain village of Grindelwald as a base, you can easily enjoy solo day hikes along the many sign-posted trails that reveal picturepostcard scenery, then retreat to a chalet-style hotel or lodge for a spa or sauna session.
Yosemite National Park, USA
More than 1200km of walking trails make California’s Yosemite National Park one of America’s most popular spots for nature-lovers. Accessible by car, many of the established trails lead straight to dramatic waterfalls, groves of giant trees, alpine meadows, towering peaks and wildflowerfilled valleys. Wildlife is a drawcard here, with woodpeckers, owls, falcons, black bears, and big horn sheep all calling Yosemite home.
The Cotswolds, England
One of England’s most enchanting regions, the Cotswolds area is perfect for a slow-paced walking holiday. Whether you go for a leisurely ramble or test yourself on a longer trail, the green, rolling hills and patchwork farmland offers a picturesque backdrop for a journey on foot. Villages filled with charming inns and guesthouses mean you’re never far from a warm bed, pint of ale and hearty meal.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania
A part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this national park has some of Australia’s best walking trails. Take a short walk through old-growth rainforest, stroll around Lake St Clair, or test yourself by climbing Cradle Mountain (the views are a worthy reward for the effort). Self-sufficient walkers with experience taking on longer walks will relish tackling the Overland Track. The
Camino de Santiago, Europe
Also known as The Way of St James, many a foot has trodden on this well-known pilgrimage route that stretches across several European countries, ending in Spain. Dating back to the Middle Ages, many travellers dedicate months to completing the entire 800km walk, yet others opt to walk a section or two of the trail. A deeply spiritual journey, ‘The Way’ is on many bucket lists for a good reason.
Ready to put on your hiking boots and trek through your next adventure? Contact your Travel Counsellor for the perfect walking holiday experience.