Famous walks around the world

27 Feb 2017

By Shadforth Financial Group

A holiday where you get to see new things, eat delicious food and benefit from exercise is a great combination. Walking holidays have become more popular for both older people who have retired and those who are younger. The organisers of most walking holidays realise that not everyone wants to cover 40 kilometres a day so they let you take things at your own pace. We’ve taken a look at six great walks around the world to offer you some inspiration for your next holiday.

Fraser Island Great Walk, Queensland

For thousands of years, the Butchulla people who live on the 123 kilometre long island have called it K’gari, meaning ‘paradise’ or ‘beautiful place’ — and there’s no better way to describe it. Surrounded by stunningly clear, aquamarine waters and home to green turtles and dolphins, Fraser Island offers a walking experience not to be missed. The Great Walk is classified as easy and will take you around five to seven days. Our top tip is to walk during the cooler months, from April to September, and have your camping permits at the ready. If you are tackling the whole walk,

you’ll need to carry all of your camping gear, food and water so this is a walk for the more adventurous. Alternatively,   you can take shorter day walks or have your equipment moved for you and still experience the wilderness

Yosemite Grand Traverse, California

Taking walkers on obscure trails in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, featuring breathtaking views of the Minarets and other landmark Sierra Nevada peaks, this hike is nearly 100 kilometres long and will keep you enthralled for six to seven days. Upon entering the Yosemite National Park you’ll follow the Merced River, before joining the iconic John Muir Trail for an awe-inspiring finale among the spires of the Cathedral Range. If this  all sounds a little daunting then you can stay at a hotel or special camps in the High Sierra that are spread out on a loop trail so you can walk with only a day pack — but be warned this is so popular you have to enter a lottery to secure a reservation.

Overland Track, Tasmania

Located in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this 74 kilometre trek is tackled by some 8000 people every year. The traditional north-south route will see you walking for five to eight days, with the biggest climb kicking off on day one — when your energy levels are high. Offering magical mountain backdrops and stunning panoramas all-year round, the Overland Track is a very unique and special destination.

The Inca Trail, Peru

By far the most famous trek in South America, the Inca Trail is not for the faint-hearted. Combining stunning mountain scenery, subtropical jungle and of course breathtaking ruins and tunnels, the classic 43km route is usually completed in four to five days. You can decide to carry your own gear or hire porters who will carry all baggage and provide you with delicious meals.

The best bit? You’ll follow original Incan stone paths that lead you to the ‘Sun Gate’ which overlooks Machu Picchu and provides a dramatic entry point to the ruins.

Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc, France

While visiting the Chamonix Valley, you’ll be spoilt for choice of walking adventures — with 350 kilometres of superbly maintained hiking trails and 160 different itineraries on offer. Disappear for the whole day, or just an hour before settling down for lunch — whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed. There are many fantastic restaurants to choose from in this area so this is the ideal choice for those who like eating. If you’re keen to test your stamina then choose the higher altitude treks for fantastic panoramas.

The Cotswolds, England

There are countless walks in this area of south central England that encompass parts of six counties. Beautiful villages with thatched roofs and ancient inns make this a very relaxing and not too strenuous walking holiday. The top tip is to avoid peak season, which is during July and August, and to do some research on the history of the area before you get there. With a village called Lower Slaughter and another called Upper Slaughter, you need a good map so you can make sure you are safely in your hotel or B&B before nightfall.

Is ensuring you have enough cashflow in order to take regular holidays in retirement an important part of your financial plan? Then make sure you discuss your holiday aspirations with your Private Client Adviser.

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