Welcome to Walkopedia, our interactive directory of the world’s best walks and hikes.
Brilliant site! Wow! Its all here. Finally something to really get your teeth into. The photos the ratings the descriptions the information are absolutley fantastic and spot on..... Thank you Walkopedia your finger is on the pulse, your feet on the right trail. Walkers of the world unite indeed! Bill Peel (7.2013)
- View the Summer 2013 edition: Tasmania
- View the Spring 2013 edition: Mustang in Nepal – the world's second-best walk?
- View the Winter 2012 edition: Christmas 2012: Amazing Cappadocia.
- View the Summer 2012 edition: Lycian Way, Humla in Nepal and Lebanon's Q'adesha Valley.
- View other past editions, including the world's best walk and much more
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- To have as close to a complete collection of the world’s great walks and hikes as can be achieved, by 2020. This requires daunting levels of research - and walking - and help from walk lovers like you. So, please give us your suggestions and comments.
- To give you good travel writing about, and pictures of, the best walks and hikes and some walk-related fun and competitions.
- To give you good information and links, to help you plan an expedition.
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THE WORLD'S 100 BEST WALKS: as walked and selected by William Mackesy
Identifying the best walks requires a system as well as stamina:but what are the essential ingredients of a great walk? Outstanding beauty is not sufficient on its own (there are thousands of beautiful walks). It is some special charisma, often combined with a natural wonder or historical or artistic association, which propels a walk into the highest ranks. Adjustments are needed for miseries such as crowding and altitude. See our walks assessment system, which we have developed to balance between these varied factors.
See our provisional list of the world’s 100 best walks, with ratings. These preliminary rankings will be revised for further candidates and adjusted markings. You can help to develop the final, definitive, list. Your suggestions for candidates, and comments on walks on the list, will be very welcome.
Click here to see William’s personal favourites walks.
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You can join our community and help to develop the final, definitive, Top 100 list and a full collection of the world’s best walks and hikes. Your suggestions for candidates, and comments on walks on this website, will be very welcome. You can:
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WALK OF THE MONTH
Alerce Andino NP, Patagonia: Alerce Andino NP, Chile
- In contrast to the best known national parks, such as Torres del Paine, Alerce Andino is one of the least restrictive in Chile. Walkers can wander freely from the trails, and wild camping is permitted.
- Ice carved landscape is coated in a unique, dense temperate rainforest of ancient alerce trees, a protected species endangered by historical deforestation and a naturally slow reproduction rate.
- Wind through the valleys of Alerce Andino and climb to Paso Triangulo on the long trail skirting Laguna Fria, or take a short day walk up to the fjord-like Lago Triangulo.
- Nov 2013: our Autumn magazine: The beauties of Scotland's Aberdeenshire
...and the best heather ever in summer 2013?
- Oct 2103: can't wait to share the beauty of the Pyrenees
Just back from the high country, walking across the range from France to Spain and back, and it is exceptionally interesting as well as the harsh beauty you would expect
- Summer 2013 magazine out: Tasmania, including marvellous Overland Tack
see it at www.walkopedia.net/summer2013/
- July 2013: is this the perfect feedback?
This makes all the slog worthwhile...click below to see more.
- June 2013: see the Spring 2013 edition of our Walkopedia magazine:
Mount Popa , Myanmar
- A dramatic, sheer volcanic plug, an hour or so from Bagan, Mount Popa protrudes magnificently from the flanks of an extinct volcano. It is the most important site for the nat, the multitude of spirits which still exert great power with the Burmese population.
- The climb is brief but steep, made on a covered walkway. The reward is the array of shrines, stupas and temples at the top; and huge views out over the often sweltering plains of the Bagan area. It is always swarming with visitors, but that is part of the fascination.
- The adjacent higher slopes have hiking trails up to the rim of the old volcano.
SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU
- We have been told that it is not currently possible to walk the full Cinque Terre route due to landslides, but this is not mentioned much on the internet. Does anyone have any more information?
- Charity walks: we are planning to have a focus on good charity walks (it will take a while to change the site)... in the meantime let us know of great upcoming walks around the world - the longer the notice, the better!
- What is your favourite walk, and why? How would it rate using our system?