Back  | 3rd November 2023 | 11 minute read

Trek-Tastic!

false
Xploring the exceptional

Get ready for the best-rated hikes in UK and Europe!

false

THE EIGER TRAIL

LOCATION: Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

Distance: 4.5 miles

The Eiger Trail follows the north face of the Eiger mountain, with astounding views across the Lauterbrunnen Valley to Mürren and Grindelwald.

You don’t have to be super fit to experience these once-in-a-lifetime views, either – and it’s perfect if you’re Xploring the area with kids.

false

PUEZ-ODLE ALTOPIANO

LOCATION: Italy

Distance: 10-11 Miles.

This one’s rated one of the best hikes in Europe!

The Dolomites give hundreds of miles of crisscrossing trails, with epic views – especially popular with Summer hikers.

There is a long list of great hikes to do in the Dolomites, from short, easy trails to multi-day treks. Of the few trails that we hiked in the Dolomites, the Puez-Odle Altopiano was our favorite.

The Puez-Odle Altopiano trail runs along some of the highest peaks in the Dolomites. Take a chairlift at the start – a cheat, lopping 700m off your climb, but great fun – and enjoy the amazing views.

false

THE QUIRAING, ISLE OF SKYE

Distance: 4 miles.

Quiraing boasts bizarre but beautiful rock formations, luring geologists, photographers and tourists from around the World. But the best way to appreciate the Quiraing is to hike it.

Go it alone if experienced and competent, or join mountain guides to learn essential climbing skills in Skye’s spectacular Cuillin Mountains and tackle the renowned Inaccessible Pinnacle.

Whichever way you do it, you’ll never regret visiting this land of myths and legend.

false

MONTSERRAT

LOCATION: Spain

Distance: 3 miles.

Montserrat is a rocky mountain range in Catalonia, Spain. “Montserrat” translates to “saw mountain” in Catalan, owing to this mountain range’s jagged, sawtooth appearance.

This hike can be done as a day trip from Barcelona, if you fancy switching up your trip. Take a train from the city, then a cable car or railway into the mountains - or hike the climb if you’re feeling energetic.

Aim for monastery for the best views along the trail.

false

MÜRREN VIA FERRATA

LOCATION: Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Distance: 1.4 miles one-way.

Short in distance, but big on thrill-factor, Mürren is part ‘via ferrata’ and part hiking trail. You’ll need nerves of steel to master Mürren, with its cliffs, ladders, tightrope, suspension bridge and zip line across a ravine.

If you can do it, we salute you! Make sure you post your pics and #Xplore

false

ABERGLASLYN GORGE AND CWM BYCHAN, SNOWDONIA

Distance: 6 miles.

This is a circular, six-mile route, starting and ending at the little footbridge at Beddgelert. It takes in some of Snowdonia’s most stunning scenery, from the calm waters of Llyn Dinas to the spectacular Aberglaslyn Gorge, with the Glaslyn River racing alongside you.

There are wild swim spots to be found along the way.

This hike will earn you views of Yr Aran, Lliwedd, Siabod and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) on your descent.

false

KJERAGBOLTEN

LOCATION: Norway

Distance: 7.5 miles.

You will have seen this giant boulder, wedged between two cliffs and perched 1000 meters off of the ground, on many an Insta account. If you fancy taking the mother of all hiking pics, head to Kjeragbolten.

Photo opportunities aside, this hike is rated as one of the best ever, with sheer granite faces, dramatic valley views – pure adrenaline, if you dare!

false

PLITVICE LAKES

LOCATION: Croatia

Distance: 5 – 7 miles.

Plitvice Lakes, in Croatia, is a perennial favourite with Xplorers of all ages. Plitvice has it all: boardwalk bridges over jewel-bright turquoise water, magical waterfalls and perfect views at every turn.

Parts of Plitvice are linked together with shuttle buses and boats, so you can tailor your trip to how much time you have.

false

PATH OF THE GODS

LOCATION: Amalfi Coast, Italy

Distance: 3.5 miles

As the name suggests, this hike is rather heavenly! You’ll uncover the Path of the Gods (also called Sentiero degli Dei) perched above the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano is one of the most beautiful walks in Italy, the Path of the Gods (also called Sentiero degli Dei) on the Amalfi Coat, with awesome views of Positano and the Sorrento peninsula.

false

THE LADDER OF KOTOR

LOCATION: Montenegro

Distance: 4 miles one way / 8 miles round trip.

Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor should be on your bucket list. The views are one of a kind and, if you’re able to, time your hike to revel in sunset – an image that’ll be burned into your memory forever!

Start at the Old Town of Kotor and ascend from the get-go. This is strenuous, with as many as 70 switchbacks on the trail… But the higher you go, the better the view!

Below you stretches out the fjord-like terrain and a riot of colour.

false

SCAFELL PIKE, LAKE DISTRICT

Distance: Various.

Scafell Pike is the tallest mountain in England and one of the best hikes in the UK.

There are several ways to reach Scafell Pike, the roof of England . There’s usually a crowd of walkers leaving Wasdale, in the western part of the Lake District, taking the shortest route to the top. But there’s a lesser-known way to reach the 977-metre-high summit…

Break free from the herd and start from the more scenic - and less crowded north side - beginning in Seathwaite (or Borrowdale for a longer hike). Known as the ‘Corridor Route’, this nine-mile trail follows the valley, crossing ravines before you reach Scafell Pike’s summit boulder field.

false

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH (THE LIZARD), CORNWALL

Distance: Various.

The South West Coast Path follows 630 miles of spectacular coastline, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The Cornish section of the trail is home to plenty of secluded beaches, for a refreshing dip or an impromptu picnic. Walk four miles around the rugged tip of The Lizard, the mainland’s most southerly point and watch for dolphins playing in the water below.

false

THE GREEN LAKE (ZELENE PLESO) & VEL’KÁ SVIŠT’OVKA

LOCATION: High Tatras, Slovakia

Distance: 8 miles.

The High Tatras are off the well-trodden tourist trail, but easily accessible – and boast great bragging rights. From the old-world grandeur of Zakopane in Poland to the sparkling emerald-green lakes and jagged peaks here in Slovakia, this region has everything going for it!

This particular stretch is for the more experienced, than some of the other local treks, but worth persevering for the views!

false

HADRIAN’S WALL PATH (CHOLLERFORD TO BIRDOSWALD FORT), NORTHUMBERLAND AND CUMBRIA

Distance: Various.

Built between AD 122 and 128, an almost 75 mile-long wall once formed a barricade defending the Romans from the Scottish Picts – and was named after the Roman emperor who ordered it to be built. Remnants of the wall remain, dotted with ancient settlements, forts and fascinating museums – now an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Some of the most popular sections are Steel Rigg to Housesteads, but for the more intrepid, the 20-mile stretch between Chollerford and Birdoswald Fort is the highest section of the Wall, with magnificent views of both the Lake District and the Pennines.

false

GORNERGRAT TO RIFFELSEE & RIFFELBERG

LOCATION: Zermatt, Switzerland

Distance: 3 miles.

For views of the iconic Matterhorn, this is the trail for you!

Gornergrat boasts the highest open-air railway in Europe. From Gornergrat, you’ll see the second largest glacier in the Alps (Gorner Glacier), Switzerland’s highest peak (Dufourspitze), and the Matterhorn itself.

Hiking from Gornergrat to Riffelberg is mainly downhill, so suitable for all ages and experience levels. Along the entire trail, the Matterhorn is right there in front of you, so the journey time will depend on how often you stop to take photographs!

You can end the hike at Riffelsee, or extend to Riffelberg. From Riffelberg, take the train back to Zermatt or go even higher, tagging on a visit to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.

Share This Article

Stay Up To Date

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest news, events & promotions