The second giant step into the world’s greatest walks, having already walked around North and South America and a brief stroll in Greece, we now look at England, Argentina and some other remarkable places.
Fitz Roy Massif
This testing walk is not for the feint hearted, and warm clothing is a necessity to navigate the Fitz Roy Massif in Patagonia. What lies ahead on this challenging trail are snowy mountains and frozen lakes, and a great deal of solitude. The trails that are navigable for the competent and season walkers end at Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy base camps, from there only expert climbers can progress. The Massif sits on the border between Chile and Argentina and is actually on an ice field in southern Patagonia. Fitz Roy is one of the hardest and difficult mountaineering destinations in the entire world, although the treks and trails leading up to the peaks are most entertaining for competent walkers.
The Lycian Way is a tremendous 500-kilometer-long coastal footpath in Turkey, it was the first and now the most established purpose-built route for walkers in the country. Starting at Ovacik it makes its slow winding way to tourist resort of Antalya. Along the way, walkers can look down at the crystal clear blue waters of the sea below as the path winds its way through shady olive groves, cool and scented pine forests. Turkey has a rich history, and its past has produced some momentous architecture, so expect grand amphitheatres and ancient tombs on your trek. The wonderful thing about the Lycian Way is that it can be taken at leisure, participants of the walk can break for a spot of swimming in the warm sea, or perhaps some lunch of local bread and cheese under the olive branches.
Built by the Roman emperor Hadrian in AD122, the wall stretches from Cumbria in the west to Tyneside in the east and basically separates England from the wild north. Most of the wall still exists thanks to conservation groups, and walkers are welcome to try their hands at traversing the whole length of the once defensive fortification. Hadrian’s Wall marked the most northerly part of the Roman Empire and was constructed entirely of stone with wooden forts along its length. These were called milecastles and had garrisons of soldiers. Many people think that the wall separates Scotland from England, but this is not true, it is entirely in England and has never been part of Scotland, the closest the wall gets to Scotland is about half a mile at Bowness.
Hadrian’s Wall is a hundred and thirty kilometres long, and so if you were attempt the walk in one go then you would obviously have to make three or four overnight stops. The terrain is mostly flat and moorland, and is ideal for walkers that are either weekend hikers or leisure trekkers. There are many great walks around the world today, they do not have to be the most challenging to provide the greatest pleasure. Experiencing such walks should always provide entertainment, and walkers should come back from their challenge wanting to plan the next one.