The best walking holidays this summer

If you are someone who like to combine fitness and relaxation, walking holidays will be just the thing for you. The best thing about them is you don’t need to go far or spend a lot of money – there are lovely trails available here in Kent or just a few hours away in Europe. So, here are some of the best walking holiday options this summer!

Top walking trails in Kent

Kent is often referred to as the “Garden of England” for a reason. We are lucky to have diverse landscapes and a beautiful coastline, perfect for long-distance walks. Here are a few of our favourite trails in Kent: 

The North Downs Way

The North Downs Way is a national trail that stretches around 153 miles. This spectacular route takes you through the most scenic bits of nature, from woodlands to hills and ridges. You will also be visiting the two local highlights: the viewpoint from the Box Hill and the infamous Canterbury Cathedral. The difficulty level is moderate, making it suitable for most walkers, and the balance of countryside and villages is absolutely perfect. 

The Saxon Shore Way

Approximately 160 miles long, the Saxon Shore Way is a coastal path that traces the ancient shoreline of Kent and East Sussex. It is the top trail for all history lovers, as you get to explore various historical sites along the way, including the Roman Fort at Richborough and the medieval town of Sandwich. The coastal views along this route are nothing short of astonishing, and the terrain is comfortable for walkers of all fitness levels. 

Walking holidays in Europe

If you do want to go somewhere a bit more exotic, you are in luck – there are endless options available for walking holidays in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and many other destinations in Europe. Here are a few of the most popular:

Spain: Camino de Santiago

Spain is famous for its Camino de Santiago walking routes, which provide not only an adventurous experience in nature, but also a spiritual journey for its pilgrims. These ancient trails take you through a variety of landscapes, villages, historical landmarks, and nature spots. The most well-known routes include Camino Frances, Camino Portugues, and Camino del Norte. 

Italy: Cinque Terre

Italy is home to one of the most beautiful walking routes in the Mediterranean: the Cinque Terre tour. This trail guides you through five magical villages of the Cinque Terre, including Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. All of them offer breathtaking coastal scenery and picturesque old towns. 

Portugal: Rota Vicentina

Portugal’s Rota Vicentina is yet another stunning coastal walk, where you can enjoy the views of cliffs, cloves, beaches, and fishing villages. This trail has a few different starting and ending options, based on your own preferences and fitness level. However, all of them are promising natural beauty and cultural authenticity. 

Conclusion

If you don’t yet have a holiday planned for this Summer, a walking holiday could become your next adventure. Whether it’s here in Kent or somewhere in Europe, walking holidays are a great way to recharge your batteries while staying active.

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