Welcome to Walkopedia, our interactive directory of the world’s best walks and hikes.
- 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.
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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.
... matters, a lot. How you travel will make a real difference – for better or worse. PLEASE consider this when making plans. Read more
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
Wind River Mountains, NW: Wind River Mts, USA
- A huge variety of walking in Wyoming's fabulous Wind River Mountains. Includes the classic Highline Trail, the Cirque of the Towers and the Titcomb Basin.
- Superb scenery - the usual but not predictable peaks, cliffs, lakes, rivers and forests. Carved by immense glacial forces. Totally pristine wilderness, with a wide selection of Rockies wildlife.
- This is tough walking in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient and where altitude can cause problems. Come prepared.
- Any photos and comments welcome!
- Feb 2013: over 625 walks on Walkopedia, Off to check out Myanmar treks in March
Any suggestions or ideas or experiences?
- Jan 2013: winter magazine
Featuring Cappadocia in Turkey, Wind River Mountains and much more
- November 2012: our 600th walk loaded!
- June 2012: featured in Brummell magazine
Brummell magazine, "the little black book for the City", features Walkopedia and its origins: see http://issuu.com/showmedia/docs/vip4-brum_june12_single-62376/25 at page 25
- March 2012: travel writing and photo competition results
We have had some brilliant entries, and selecting the winners was a real problem.
Grand Teton National Park, NW: Grand Teton NP,USA
- The dramatically jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons, America's youngest mountain range, dominate the Grand Teton National Park, their majesty reflected in mirror-like lakes.
- The stark contrast between the flat valley-plain of Jackson Hole and its encircling mountains is spectacular, attracting almost 4 million annual visitors.
- With more than 250 miles of trails, the Park offers many different and wonderful hikes. The best known and longest hike is the Teton Crest Trail: a challenging walk through the entirety of the Teton Range, with magnificent views.
- Some of these are difficult walks in serious mountains: come prepared.
SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU
- Anyone walked the Lebanon Mountain Trail? Wew would love to get thoughts and pictures!
- The Amalfi Coast in Italy, and the Lebanon Trail: got any good pictures we can show?
- 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?
- Anyone have photos of the Diamond Mountains in North Korea?