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Why not make the most of summer with a walking or trekking holiday? The choices are almost endless, with a huge number of hikes in Europe and further afield. 

In summer the walking in Europe is hard to beat: from east to west and north to south there are fabulous hikes to enjoy, for first timers and the most experienced trekkers alike. Take advantage of the warmer weather to hike in the British Isles, from the wilds of the Outer Hebrides, Orkney or Ben Nevis to the gentler hills of the Channel Islands. Or head north to Iceland, where you can trek through the surreal volcanic landscapes of Europe’s most geologically exciting country. The summer is also an ideal time to hike in the Azores, or along the spectacular ‘levada’ trails of Madeira.

Many regions of southern Europe are too hot to enjoy trekking in mid-Summer, but exceptions to this are the dramatic Picos de Europa in Spain, the challenging GR20 hike across the rugged backbone of Corsica, hikes in the French, Spanish and Andorran Pyrenees, plus of course the Alps, where the prime trekking season runs from June to September. In Central and Eastern Europe the High Tatras Range in Slovakia and Poland are ideal in summer, as are the Transylvanian Alps in Romania and the Rodopi Mountains in Bulgaria. The limestone mountain ranges of Croatia, Montenegro and Albania are best in the summer months too. 

Further east you could trek in the summer to the snow-covered summit of Turkey’s Mount Ararat, or amongst the foothills of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. In Asia the Indian Himalaya is ideal for summer trekking (unlike Nepal, most of which is affected by monsoon rains) and you can also hike in Tibet or China.

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In Africa summer is widely considered the best season for trekking in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and is ideal for tackling Africa’s biggest challenge, the soaring 5895 metre peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Summer is also a good time to walk in South Africa, when temperatures are a bit cooler, and it is also the recommended trekking season in Madagascar. 

Finally in the Americas, Peru’s Inca Trail is at its best through the summer, with cooler temperatures and typically with clearer skies. Further north it is an ideal time for trekking in Venezuela and also for hikes among the stupendous, wide-open landscapes of USA’s western states and Canada.

Whether you’re looking for a short walk somewhere close to home or a more challenging hike further afield, there are almost limitless choices available during the summer months.

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