Hiking trails in Europe – long-distance routes and unusual destinations

When travel within Europe is at last possible and safe, there is no better way to explore than to experience the freedom and joy of long-distance walking. Trails such as the Tour of Mont Blanc are spectacular and justifiably popular, however Europe has other wonderful hiking trails and GR routes, many listed here are considerably less crowded, yet no less rewarding. While accommodation provides good, clean and safe facilities, camping and backpacking will keep you well away from any crowds. Time is precious – if you have only ever walked in the UK, seize any opportunity that you have to explore further. It's different, rewarding and you'll have no regrets.

Time is precious – if you have only ever walked in the UK, seize any opportunity that you have to explore further. It's different, rewarding and you'll have no regrets.

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All European trekking information

This can be the beginning of your research for international trekking routes, guidebooks and inspiring articles.

Current Coronavirus-related travel information for Caminos.

Current Coronavirus-related travel information for Europe.


Hiking routes in Norway, Sweden and Iceland

Olavsbu illuminated by the evening sun
Southern Norway – Olavsbu illuminated by the evening sun

Hiking routes in France

TitleLong or shorter trekDifficultyPopularity
Short treks on CorsicashortEasy to moderateModerate
GR20 CorsicalongDifficultVery popular
GR5: Benelux and LorrainelongEasy to moderateQuiet
GR5: Vosges and Juralongeasy to moderateQuiet
GR5: Lac Léman to Nicelongmoderate to difficultModerate to popular
Robert Louis Stevenson TrailshortEasyModerate
Tour of the Oisans GR54longdifficultModerate
Tour of the Queyraslongmoderate to difficultQuiet to moderate
A faint path leading to the pre historic burial site
A faint path leading to a pre-historic burial site on the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail.

Alpine trails you may not have considered

Below are some Alpine trails that trekkers from the UK may not have considered. While some are popular within their own country, they have not yet gained the massive international appeal of trails such as the Tour of Mont Blanc and the Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.

The Schesaplana dominates the western view from the Verajochl
The Schesaplana dominates the western view from the Verajöchl, on the Tour of the Rätikon

More popular Alpine routes include:

Combin
Views of the Combin from the path above Cabane Mont Fort

Non alpine trails in Europe

These long-distance routes may not be alpine, but many are still challenging, either in length, or in hilly and mountainous terrain, including the Pyrenees.

Ireland, Benelux, Pyrenees, Spain and Portugal

Morning light

Germany, Italy and eastern Europe

Southern and Mediterranean regions

Pilgrimage and Camino trails

Lugo
The beautiful walled city of Lugo, on the Camino Primitivo

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