Thursday, October 09, 2014

To the Hills

Usually walking holidays are associated with the older generation. However, in recent times there has been a huge increase in younger visitors lacing up there hiking boots and enjoying the many benefits a walking holiday can bring. Not only can walking increase your physical and mental wellbeing, it enables many of us to get away from the city and enjoy the natural world we so often rarely see. With that in mind, here are some top walking hotspots in Western Europe.

Lyme Regis to Axbridge
Often referred to as the ‘Jurassic Coast’, this beautiful walk along the Devon/Dorset boarder is a great introduction if you’re new to walking holidays and want to try out some hiking gear such as men’s hiking boots and other accessories. There are many woodland paths with relatively easy terrain to navigate. You’ll find many secluded sections to this walk and when the woods clear it reveals a spectacular viewpoint across the ocean.

La Roche, Ardennes region
For a truly autumnal experience head to La Roche in the Ardennes region, Belgium, the changing colors of the wild forest offer a classic spectrum of browns, reds and yellows. They really bring home the cold crisp feel the changing of seasons brings.

Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland
Head to Switzerland if you’re in search of a more testing walk; this half day trek is perfect if you’re planning to take your trip in the winter months. With snow tipped mountains and huge pine trees, the landscape feels magical to even the most seasoned walker. If the going gets too tough there are many cafe stop points and ski lifts to the frozen lake and mountainside view. Whether you’re considering a walk at home or abroad this year, make sure you do your research into the paths and conditions so you’re well prepared. And don’t forget your camera for those views you’ll want to remember long after your visit!

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