100 holiday ideas for 2010: Walks
Sunday 03 January 2010
Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost tip of South America, is now accessible on a guided three-day trek with Journey Latin America (journeylatinamerica.com) which passes near to the Beagle Channel.
Classic Berber hospitality is offered on a new eight-day trek from Walks Worldwide (walksworldwide .com) in Morocco, which will go further into remote areas, following trails linking mud and stone villages.
Isaac's Tea Trail (teatrail.info) in the North Pennines remains one of the last great undiscovered wilderness treks in England. Named for Isaac Holden, an 18th-century miner, tea seller and philanthropist, it runs for 36 miles.
Memories of evacuees are at the fore of the new Stop Line Way in Somerset (visitsomerset.co.uk). The five-mile trail between Ilminster and Chard features boards that tell the story of the evacuation in 1939.
Walkers are helping piece together an adventurous trail in northern Australia's wild Cape York peninsula, adjacent to the Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea (dreamingtrails.com), to create a 1,250-mile network of tracks through beaches, rainforest and savannah.
More than 200 years after land grabs by the aristocracy inspired the "peasant poet" John Clare's eulogies to the countryside, the museum to his name, Clare Cottage (clarecottage.org), in Cambridgeshire, is now the starting point for local walks exploring his themes.
Work is beginning on piecing together the landmark "coastal corridor" (naturalengland.org.uk), which will run round the edge of England. Early sections are to include the Dorset coast near Weymouth Bay.
Amid concerns that Europe's Alpine glaciers are retreating, a series of iPhone "climate path" walks (jungfrau-klimaguide.ch) have been launched in Switzerland. As well as giving directions, an audio element explains what you can see, and what you'd have seen here 150 years ago, when the glaciers were much bigger.
Hikers heading for the Cairngorms should time their visit for the walking festival (glentrek.com) in Kirriemuir from 3-6 June – the town also celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of its son, JM Barrie, this year.
The Ramblers (ramblers75.org.uk) marks its 75th anniversary in 2010. Events include nationwide baton walks, and a publication highlighting routes that were key to improving countryside access.
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