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Hiking Trails in Europe - European Hiking Trekking and Rambling

What you need to know about hiking Europe's long-distance trails


Call it walking, hiking, backpacking, trekking, or rambling--here's some things you need to know about long distance trails and hiking in Europe

From the Epath network of long-distance trails that crisscross Europe to pilgrimages and urban walks, below is a survey of what's available on the web for European hikers, trekkers, ramblers and walkers.

Did you know you can walk from Portugal to Hungary?

Just strap on your hiking boots and and head out on the E7 Atlantic-Black Sea trail--it doesn't go all the way to the Black sea yet, but someday...

European Cross-Country Routes

Europe offers a number of long-distance hiking routes using the E-numbering system. These are the interstates of foot trails--nobody expects you to travel them end to end--they're there as conduits to allow you access when traveling country to country in Europe. Like an interstate highway, they don't claim to offer the best views or most charming countryside.

Where can you go? The most logical place to start would be a map of the entire system. The prime site for this is the European Ramblers Association, which started the Epaths process with six paths. There are now twelve. [see footpath descriptions and maps]

Hiking trails in Europe, long distance hiking trails offers reports of long distance hiking trails in many European countries, mostly still undiscovered, but beautiful hiking areas. Information about getting there, trail accommodations, route maps, and information about the trail itself from folks who've walked them.

Thematic Routes

Catalana de Senderisme outlines 5 routes through Spain, including The Route of Peace - a route passing by the most interesting places of the Batalla de l'Ebre (Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939).

It's a great site to learn about Catalan Spanish, and European footpaths as well.

Urban Walking

Barnatresc - Barcelona

I've come across some non-competitive 12-15 km walks in and around Barcelona so walkers can "get to know the city's most interesting parts, as well as its gardens, monuments, architecture, history, how the city was built, among others." [info]

Some of my favorite urban and suburban walks are documented in Great Walks of Europe. An interesting walk I've documented is a walk out of the Roman city center towards Ostia Antica: Museo della Via Ostiense to the Basilica of St. Paul. If you get off the train in Assisi and have some time on your hands, you might want to walk In the Footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.


The Rambler's Association has a fine site about walking in the UK. The site has a wealth of practical advice on walking as well.

Go on to page two to find out about pilgrimages, hiking books, and other hiking resources.

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