Knowing you’ve got space in your calendar for a holiday and that you want to get out and explore the world on foot is just the beginning. The next step is actually deciding where to go. Our Walking and Trekking Programme Manager Caroline Philips has created this handy calendar so you can see which parts of our planet are best for trekking over the next six or so months.
The warm sunny weather makes April a great time for trekking in Jordan. April falls at the end of the winter season and gives the perfect opportunity to discover two of the country’s main attractions – the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the rock-hewn ancient city of Petra.
Spice Trails Of Petra
Spain, Portugal and their islands
Spring is a beautiful time of year for a walking break on mainland Europe and the islands off the coast. Blossoming flowers and lush greenery provide a backdrop for some stunning walks. Madeira’s network of ‘levada’ trails allow you to contour steep mountain slopes and provide panoramic views, while Mallorca’s coastal pathways, citrus groves and fertile valleys are best explored in the temperate May climate.
Levada Trails Of Madeira
Walking In The Sierra Aracena
While it may be known for its rich cultural history and fabulous food, June is ideal to discover Italy’s many beautiful regions on foot. The Amalfi Coast’s picture-postcard villages, Tuscany’s rolling countryside and Sicily’s volcanic landscapes mean there are options for those looking for either relaxing walks or more challenging treks in early summer.
Tuscany: Chianti Classico
Amalfi Coast Walking
Sicilian Volcano Hike
Tuscany: Flavours of Garfagnana
As we hit the summer months, venturing up into the mountains means heading for cooler weather and more comfortable walking conditions. And what better mountain range to trek than the Alps? With famed peaks including the Eiger and Matterhorn, the 1200km long range spans several countries and is also home one of the world’s most famous point-to-point treks – the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Tour Du Mont Blanc
Highlights of Mont Blanc
The Austrian Tyrol
Hiking in the Dolomites
Atlas Mountains of Morocco
While August in Morocco’s cities and desert may be one of the hottest times of the year, high up in the Atlas Mountains it’s cooler and much more suited to getting out on foot. While the highest peak in Morocco – Jebel Toubkal – is possible to summit year-round, reaching the roof of Morocco in the summer months usually offers clear views and even the chance of seeing the edges of the immense Sahara Desert.
Toubkal Long Weekend
High Atlas Trek
Marrakech and the High Atlas
Greece, Turkey and Cyprus
Rambling the trails of Crete, following the famous Lycian Way in Turkey or walking along the picturesque Turquoise Coast in Turkey are all unforgettable ways to spend time in September. The high heat of the summer has passed and tourists looking for summer sun have dwindled making it the perfect time for adventure and activity seekers to explore.
Walking in Crete
On Foot In Northern Cyprus
The Lycian Way
Walking The Turquoise Coast
As the cold weather begins to make walking in the UK less appealing, sub-Saharan Africa comes into its own as a perfect trekking destination. You can take on the challenge of climbing to the roof of Africa as you walk through tropical forest, moorland and alpine forest before taking on the final ascent to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. There are also the rugged peaks of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains, the wildlife and wilderness of Madagascar or the winelands of South Africa to consider when planning an October walking holiday in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek
Simien Mountain Trek
Madagascar Wilderness Trek
Cape Town Walking and Winelands