As the days start to get longer and the air begins to get that little bit warmer across Europe, we caught up with Ventile partner and sustainable outdoor clothing experts Sterkur Outdoors to find out their top picks for European walks this summer.
1) Hadrian’s Wall, England
With an estimated 9 million walkers taking to the trails in Britain each month, we had to start close to home with one of our favourite walks in Britain. For us, it has to be the historic hike alongside Hadrian’s Wall, a 84-mile linear route that takes you across the country from just outside Newcastle Upon Tyne on the east coast, over to Bowness-on-Solway on the west. This multi-day walk takes in Roman forts, the famous Sycamore Gap, Lanercost Priory, and miles of Pennine hills. The weather can be quite interchangeable, so a good lightweight waterproof is advised.
2) Picos de Europa National Park, Spain
Sitting on the northern edge of Spain, Picos de Europa National Park offers walkers great views of the valley’s unique rock formations. Spanning across the regions of Asturias, Cantabria and León, Picos de Europa provides hikers with many adventures. The Divine Gorge route meanders its way along the Cares river and explorers will be rewarded with paths carved into the rocks and breath-taking views. A visit to Lake Ercina is also worth a mention.
3) Cirque de Gavarnie, France
In a country known for its spectacular mountain ranges, coastal paths and dense forests, it really is hard to pick just one walk in France. We love the popular routes in the Parc National des Pyrénées, and what makes it particularly great is that the central area is pedestrian-only! Registered in 1967 the park provides visitors with staggering mountain panoramas and views of the Pyrenees. Starting in Gavarnie, hikers can pass through traditional villages, cover wide open spaces, and ponder the natural heritage of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
4) The Weg der Schweiz, Switzerland
Arguably one of the most famous hikes in Switzerland, The Weg der Schweiz was opened in 1991. The loop starts at the Rütli meadow and weaves around the Urnersee lake on the south making a dip in the water a must. Typically a multi-day hike, walkers can experience a wide range of biodiversity over the 35KM route before finishing at Brunnen.
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