Welcome to Walkopedia, our interactive directory of the world’s best walks and hikes.
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Brilliant site! Wow! Its all here. Finally something to really get your teeth into. The photos the ratings the descriptions the information are absolutely 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)
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- View the Spring/Summer 2014 edition: Crossing the Pyrenees
- View the Winter 2013 edition: Myanmar’s marvels
- View other past editions, including the world's best walk and much more
- 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:
- 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.
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WALK OF THE MONTH
Via Francigena, Italy
- Ancient Christian pilgrimage route between Canterbury, UK and St Peter's, Rome. Passes through England, France and Switzerland before entering Italy at the Great St Bernard pass.
- The Italian leg leads through some of the country's best landscapes, taking in the southern Alps, the Appenines and the hills, forests, lakes, olive groves, vineyards and hilltop villages and farmsteads of lush, historic Tuscany and Lazio.
- Historic cities, castles, fortified villages ancient ruins and a host of still-used Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque relics.
- Bask in the beauty of the rolling Tuscan hills, with their big views, medieval villages and hilltop farmhouses.
- Usually delightfully empty ̶ Camino de Santiago this is not.
- 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
Walkers Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt), France/Switzerland
- A famous high route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Absolutely classic Alpine scenery, snowy peaks, glaciers, high meadows and deep valleys, close-up views of such icons as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
- 180+km, 12-14 days, 12,000m of ascent and 10,000m of descent. But no pass over 3,000m, so, while demanding, it isn't unpleasantly high.
- This is a tough walk in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient and where altitude can cause real problems. Come prepared.
- ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!
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?