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Oct 14:
Our 750th walk is loaded!

Sept 14: 
Have a look at the Walking With The Wounded Matterhorn: http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/support-the-walk/wwtw-events/edison-matterhorn-2014/

A climb by wounded soldiers of this fearsome peak to raise funds for the precious Walking With The Wounded charity. PLEASE SUPPORT THEM!


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Huangshan, China


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THE WORLD'S 100 BEST WALKS: as walked and selected by William Mackesy

 
William Mackesy is on a long quest to identify the world’s 100 best walks. He is tackling and assessing all the walks himself, and has so far done more than 40% of the likely Top 100 (listed on our about page). His descriptions of these walks will be appearing on this website.
 
 
Alta Via 1 Dolomites
 
 
His planned book on these walks is provisionally titled "Fat Man Walking: a Good Wheeze". But, as he is 50 and his knees are in decline, he suspects the project will involve lowered sights at some point.
 

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.

 

Kilimanjaro at dawn from Mt Meru

 

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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CONTRIBUTE

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:

  • recommend a walk, or submit your own description of a favourite walk;
  • suggest additions or changes to an existing walk description and our walks assessments, including your tips, tales and photos; and
  • give us other feedback or comments.

Go to our community page to see more on the Walkopedia project, including the ideas of other walk lovers.

FUN AND COMPETITIONS

WALKOPEDIA TRAVEL WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITIONS
 
Results are out for our 2011 competitions for:

See the full results on our Competition Results 2011 page.
 


Lake Manasarovar,Tibet

 
 
 
 

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Countries with highest concentration of the world's best walks



Country No. in Top 100 % of all walks
China 11
  6%
Nepal 7
  2%
Peru 6
  4%
Spain 6
  5%
USA 6
  10%
France 6
  5%
India 6
  2%
Italy 5
  4%
UK 5
  8%
Norway 4
  2%
754
NUMBER OF WALKS CURRENTLY IN WALKOPEDIA



CHARITY WALKS!

We are planning to feature good charity walks from around the world. Let us know of any charity walks you would like us to feature!

THE WORLD'S 10 BEST WALKS

  1. Mount Kailash Kora, China
  2. Mustang, Nepal
  3. Inca Trails, Peru
  4. Petra Area, Jordan
  5. The Dolomites, Italy
  6. Cappadocia, Turkey
  7. Torajaland, Indonesia
  8. Drakensberg Escarpment, South Africa
  9. Wollo Highlands, Ethiopia
  10. Q'adisha Valley, Lebanon

(Walkopedia's provisional rating)

WALK OF THE MONTH

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

  • Hike through a lunar landscape of craters, old lava flows, pumice and tuff, on this remarkable volcanic archipelago.
  • Experience the diverse, and often beautiful, wildlife of the "little world within itself", which was to inspire a significant swathe of Darwin's work on evolutionary theory: slow moving giant tortoises, the brightly coloured blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, fur seals and, of course, Darwin's finches.
  • This astonishing piece of world heritage is threatened by the rapid pace of economic development on the islands, and as a result there are strict controls in place for visitors: you will rarely be able to walk independently here.

Further information

WALKOPEDIA NEWS

  • June 2014: working away at Pyrenees pages
    Working away at a huge batch of 20 or more Pyrenees pages, including the amazing Gavarnie/Ordesa circuit. What a glorious area.
  • April 2014: we are receiving page visits at an annual rate of 500,000 for the first time
  • Feb 2014: our 700th walk is loaded!
  • Jan 2014: 327,000 page views in 2013
    Hardly google, but still 70% growth
  • Dec 2013: our winter magazine: Myanmar's marvels
    http://www.walkopedia.net/magazine-winter13/

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LATEST WALK

Breche de Roland, Pyrenees,France/Spain

  • A spectacular ascent to the famous Breche de Roland, a breach in the wall of cliffs that forms the national border high above the even more famous Cirque de Gavarnie. 
  • This is the finest day walk in the Gavarnie area, indeed one of the finest in the whole Pyrenees. 
  • This can be tough walking in high, remote mountains. Come prepared.

Further information

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?

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