Top 10 Longest Trails
Get ready to feast your eyes on breathtaking panoramas while you travel across the world’s most famous distance trails, some requiring several days to complete. Have a look at our top 10 picks regarding the world’s longest trails!
1. The South West Coastal Path, England
As England’s most extensive long-distance footpath, the South West Coast Path spans 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The trail rises and descends with each river mouth, which is why it is particularly difficult to traverse. History enthusiasts will be pleased to know that they can explore the tin mines of Cornwal or ponder the fate of the dinosaurs on the Jurassic Coast.
2. The Pennine Way in England and Scotland
The Pennine Way is one of England’s National Trails, and it stretches 268 miles from from Edale, in the northern Derbyshire Peak District to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. The Pennine Way is highly popular, which is why its terrain suffers from substantial erosion in certain areas.
3. The Southern Upland Way in Scotland
Scotland’s Southern Upland Way was opened in 1984 and it represents a 212-mile coast-to-coast trail that runs from Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath in the east. This walk sometimes goes through thick forests but it also offers high moorland views.
4. The Pyrenean Haute Route in France, Andorra and Spain
This trail can be traversed in 44 days, and it starts on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, ending on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. If you choose to walk the shorter middle route from Lescun in France to El Serrat in Andorra, the whole adventure lasts only 24 days. The Haute Route offers splendid mountain views as it will take you on top of the Pyrenees Mountains, at altitudes of over 9,800 feet.
5. The Haute Route in France and Switzerland
The Haute Route links Mont Blanc with the Matterhorn, and it starts off in Chamonix, France, ending in Zermatt, Switzerland. This trek requires about two weeks to traverse, and it offers a great opportunity for observing wild animals such as the marmot, chamois and ibex.
6. The Haute Route in Corsica, France
Corsica is a French island located west of Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea. The Haute Route spans 124 miles across the island’s mountains, from Conca in the southeast to Calenzana in the northwest. Clear ponds, streams and lush pine forests are all in reach for those interested in hiking all the way across the island.
7. The Pindos Traverse in Greece
The Pindos Mountains are found in northern Greece and southern Albania, stretching 180 miles and boasting altitudes of over 6,500 feet. Best to gear up for the trip during the spring, so you can admire a great variety of wildflowers along the way.
8. The Concordia Trek in Pakistan
The Concordia Trek lasts 14 days and takes you from Askole to K2 base camp, where you can visit the Badu Gorge hot springs. Concordia can be found between Pakistan and China, and it is surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks, including Gasherbrum I, K2, Broad Peak and Masherbrum.
9. The Milford Track in New Zealand
The Milford Track is a renowned hiking route in New Zealand that is described by some as the finest walk in the world. It takes four days to go from Glade Wharf to Sandfly Point, starting off in beech-tree forests, working your way up to the alpine herbs of Mackinnon Pass and then descending to the forests of Arthur Valley.
10. The Wind River Mountains in Wyoming
The Wind River Mountain Range is a division of the Rocky Mountains found in western Wyoming, USA. These mountains soar up to 13,000 feet, boasting over 155 miles of trails. These trails once represented important hunting grounds for Native American tribes, who left behind a wide variety of paintings and drawings that can be observed by hikers. This ecosystem is home to black bears, moose, elk, mule deer and over 300 species of birds.