Hiking is one of the healthiest outdoor activities you can do – both mentally and physically. It’s an amazing experience as it doesn’t just give you great exercise and a breath of fresh air, that physical open space also has a refreshing and peaceful effect on any hiker. Being surrounded by nature is one the best ways to reconnect with yourself – and thankfully, the world has no shortage of that. Following are the best hiking trails around the globe.
Pennine Way, United Kingdom
Established in 1965, the Pennine Way was the first national trail of United Kingdom, and it has become everyone’s favorite ever since. It originates in the Peak District and crosses the popular Yorkshire Dales. Then it passes through the scenic Swaledale Valley, leaping over Hadrian’s Wall, and finally finishing at the Scottish Borders of Scotland in Kirk Yetholm. Essentially, the route covers some of the finest countryside of United Kingdom. For the best hiking experience, it is recommended that you do it from May-October.
Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Camino de Santiago de Compostela is possibly Europe’s most popular hiking trail. It’s history dates back thousands of years. This 500-mile trek was once a Roman trade route which ultimately became a spiritual experience for the followers of St. James. While the religious element has faded significantly over the years, the trail is today hiked by more people than ever. The main route starts in France at St. Jean Pied-du-Port and winds its way through the northern section of Spain.
Appalachian Trail, United States
The Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest hiking-only trail. This trail traverses the rustic lands of the Appalachian Mountains and it’s 2,200-mile-long journey spans across Mount Katahdin in Maine, Springer Mountain in Georgia to the north, and fourteen states to the south. There are tons of attractions dotting the trails, e.g. cultural mainstays, inns, restaurants, and spots that offer outstanding 360-degree views. For hiking enthusiasts, the Appalachian Trail offers a unique and memorable experience.
Mount Toubkal, Morocco
Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa. It is not for the faint of heart, but adventurers will be rewarded with scenic views of the iconic Atlas Mountains and a picturesque up-close look at the diverse landscape. All trails start at Imlil near Marrakech and offer amazing views of the mountains as well as the Sahara Desert from the distance. It is recommended that you choose the 4-5 days hike instead of the 2-day route so can spend more time trekking through interesting Berber villages and remote valleys.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most popular trails in the world for hiking and mountain gorilla trekking. Bwindi is located in Uganda’s southwest region. It is home to one of the largest populations of mountain gorillas hence offering one-of-a-kind mountain gorilla trekking experience. CNN ranks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as one of the top 23 best hiking trails in the world.
Hiking is the most accessible kind of adventure. Not only does it allow you to connect with nature, but it is also the perfect workout for both body and mind. If you are planning a hiking trip, do keep the above-listed recommendations in mind. All of them offer a truly remarkable experience.
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