Have you seen our latest trend Take A Hike? All about taking hiking gear and making it fashion, it’s defined by chunky lace-up boots, oversized puffer jackets and argyle knits. Inspired by all things trekking, we’re exploring the 7 best hiking trails in the world – from a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Italian Riviera to windswept mountains rising out of gentle prairie grassland…
1. Sarek National Park, Sweden
With six of Sweden’s thirteen highest mountains, 100 glaciers, long, narrow valleys and wild waters, Sarek National Park in Sweden is one of the world’s most dramatic trails. This high alpine area is also known for its wildlife – bears, wolverines, lynx and some unusually large elk.
2. Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail, Ireland
This trail leads to the famous peak of Croagh Patrick Mountain which rises above Clew Bay and the surrounding landscape near the popular tourist town of Westport on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. County Mayo’s 3rd Highest mountain, Croagh Patrick is known by some as Ireland’s Holy and Sacred mountain.
3. Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile
A trek through the wilds of Torres del Paine National Park is not for the faint-hearted. To get the most out of this beautiful landscape, it requires driving, hiking, horseback riding and boating in unpredictable conditions. But the rewards are worth the arduous journey – sunsets on the lagoon, hikes to the edges of glaciers and sweeping views that will take your breath away.
4. Great Ocean Walk, Australia
Stretching 104 kilometers, Australia’s Great Ocean Walk takes you through gum and eucalyptus forests, sand dunes, beaches and cliff-top tracks. There are shipwrecks to marvel over and spectacular views of the Twelve Apostles, the country’s much-photographed limestone sea stacks.
5. Cinque Terre, Italy
Hiking in the Cinque Terre is the most rewarding way to enjoy Italy’s coastline of postcard-perfect rainbow-coloured cliffside towns. Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza are all connected to each other by a super-scenic blue trail along the coast, winding its way through vineyards and olive groves to give simply stunning views of the piles of pastel buildings overlooking the harbour.
6. Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park – think fragrant evergreen forests, wind-swept prairies, steep mountains and deep lakes. Tucked away in the corner of southwest Alberta, no other national park in Canada protects so much wildlife within such a small area.
7. Redwood National Park, Oregon
Few experiences compare with a trek among the world’s tallest trees in Oregon’s Redwood National Park. While most people go to Redwood for the towering forests, the park also protects vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild river-ways and nearly 40-miles of rugged coastline. Be sure to head to the Klamath River Overlook for some whale watching.
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