The best hiking trails in Europe
Perhaps the best way to really take in a country is on foot, travelling slowly through the landscape. We’ve chosen our top three long distance hikes in Europe for you to choose from. Just don’t forget to pack your EHIC.
Tour du Mont Blanc
Ask anybody who has done this trail and you’ll find you get a similar response. First, they will tell you how wonderful the walk was and then, second, they will tell you to go and do it yourself. This 170 km trek circles around the whole of the Mont Blanc Massif and you will be truly blown away by the dramatic views which remain with you throughout your entire trip. You can either walk self supported or take advantage of a luggage carrying service to ease your load. It’s a popular route but don’t let that put you off – it just means all the more people to share stories with in the hut at the end of the day!
West Highland Way
This 96 mile trail really does showcase Great Britain at its wild and beautiful best. You can travel into Glasgow, via train or plane, and pick up the West Highland Way where it starts in Milngavie. From there you’ll follow abandoned military roads from the 1700s and ancient footpaths, walking to a backdrop of truly breathtaking scenery. You’ll take in Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and the Devil’s Staircase before you finish the hike up near Fort William, by the base of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. With the Right to Roam laws in Scotland, you are also allowed to wild camp en route, making the most of the West Highland Way’s rugged remoteness.
The lesser known of our three top picks but perhaps our favourite. This trail is a little longer than the others at 270 miles but naturally divides in four one-week segments, so you can tackle a shorter distance if time is of the essence. Wooden planked walkways are set across marshy ground and bridges cross the fjords.
Don’t forget to take your EHIC card with you, just in case you do have any slips or falls!