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Long distance walking in Europe

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For the more active traveller, Europe provides excellent opportunities for long distance walking, where you can follow long-distance walking trails and take in some of Europe's finest scenery, while getting fit at the same time. Whether going on a trans-continental odyssey or a leisurely weekend stroll, you will find a trail to suit you. There are eleven continental trails in Europe, which are in varying stages of completion. These paths are comprised of smaller national paths, which may be enjoyable travel experiences of themselves. It's recommended that you read up on help and advice before setting off on a long distance walking holiday. You will have a fantastic time, but always be prepared for the worst, and take the best kit with you that you can find.

The long-distance routes are as follows;


Completed sections: Central Scapoli, Italy, via Apennines. Current length: 4900 km. Completed sections: Stranraer, Scotland to Nice, via England, Luxembourg and the Alps. Current length: 4850 km.
  • E3 Black Sea - Iberia. This path is planned to connect Cape St. Vincent, Portugal.
Completed sections: Cape Emine, Kom, Bulgaria (near Serbian border); Ártánd, on Hungarian border to Pyrennees. Current length: 6950 km.
  • E4 Mediterranean Arc. This path is planned to connect Cape St. Vincent to Cyprus.
Completed sections: Kato Zakros, Greece via Carcassonne, Grenoble, Bavaria, Vienna, Budapest and Bulgaria. Current length: 10450 km.
  • E5 Atlantic-Adriatic. This path connects Pointe du Raz, Ballon d'Alsace and Lake Constance.
Complete sections: Complete. Completed length: 3050 km.
  • E6 Scandinavia-Dardanelles. This path is planned to connect Dardanelles, Turkey.
Completed sections: Igoumenitsa, Alexandropouli. Current length: 5200 km.
  • E7 Atlantic-Black Sea. This path is planned to connect Lisbon to Ukraine.
Completed sections: Monfortinho, Robic, Italy to Nagylak, Romania. Current length: 4330 km.
  • E8 Atlantic to Istanbul. This path is planned to connect Dursey Head in West Cork, Ireland to Istanbul.
Completed sections: Dursey Head - Beskid Pass on the Svilengrad on the Bulgaria/Turkey border. Current length: 4390 km. Completed sections: Braniewo on the Poland/Kaliningrad border via Brest, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Calais, Ostend, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Gdansk.
  • E10 NE-SW. This path is planned to connect Nuorgam, Finland to Tarifa.
Completed sections: Rostock, Germany to Bozen, Italy via Prague and Salzburg. Current length: 2880 km. Completed sections: The Hague - the Poland/Belarus border via Osnabruck, Potsdam, Frankfurt an der Oder, Poznan and Torun. Current length: 2070 km.
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