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Sole Power blog highlights European walking routes

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Sole Power blog highlights European walking routes
 

Michelin’s Sole Power blog has created a new, interactive guide highlighting 10 of the best hiking destinations in Europe. The Hiker’s Guide to Epic European Adventures features destinations from the Pyrenees to the Caucasus. We’ve picked out five highlights from the map.

Cirque de Gavarnie, France

Cirque de Gavarnie, high in the Pyrenees, is famed for its colossal semi-circular cliffs or cirques. Nicknamed the “Colosseum of Nature” by French writer Victor Hugo, the Cirque is home to the 423-metre waterfall the Grand Cascade, one of the most striking sights in Europe. This short hike is just one of the hundreds of noteworthy walking routes in the region.
An easy walk, that’s all about the views.

Terrain type: Mountain
Highest altitude: 1,590 metres
Time to complete: 3 hours
Total distance: 8km
Average temperature:
• Summer 18°c/64°f
• Winter 7°c/45°f
Difficulty: Beginner

 
Sole Power blog highlights European walking routes
Cirque de Gavarnie
 

Lauterbrunnen to Mürren, Switzerland

At the heart of the Bernese Alps sits the spectacular and somewhat precarious village of Mürren that sits high on a cliff edge. It’s at the end of this relaxed hike that starts in Lauterbrunnen. The hike, accessible all year around, begins with a steep ascent to Grütshchalp railway station, before rising through forest trails to Mürren.

Terrain type: Mountain
Highest altitude: 1,638 metres
Time to complete: 3-4 hours
Total distance: 10km
Average temperature:
• Summer 12°c/54°f
• Winter 0°/32°f
Difficulty: Beginner

 
Sole Power blog highlights European walking routes
Lauterbrunnen to Mürren
 

Helvellyn, England

The Lake District National Park received UNESCO World Heritage site status in 2017 and is among Britain’s most beautiful walking destinations. The Sole Power blog picked out Helvellyn as a highlight with its well-known ridges of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. In winter, ice axe and crampons are usually required.
Terrain type: Mountain

Highest altitude: 908 metres
Time to complete: 5-6 hours
Total distance: 13km
Average temperature:
• Summer 15°c/59°f
• Winter 4°/39°f
Difficulty: Intermediate

 
Sole Power blog highlights European walking routes
Helvellyn
 

El Caminito del Rey, Spain

El Caminito del Rey, a cliff-top walk in Spain’s southern region of El Chorro, is one of the country’s most thrilling walking routes. The 7.7km route, follows footpaths, forest trails and the famous boardwalks to the spectacular Hoyo Valley.

Terrain type: Varied/Mixed
Highest altitude: 105 metres
Time to complete: 3-5 hours
Total distance: 7.7km
Average temperature:
• Summer 29°c/84°f
• Winter 10°c/50°f
Difficulty: Advanced

 
Sole Power blog highlights European walking routes
Caminito del Rey
 

Skjeggedal to Trolltunga, Norway

Trolltunga. This now famous protruding cliff edge, popular with walkers and climbers, attracting more than 80,000 people a year. The route highlighted by Sole Power is a 10-12-hour hike from teh village of Skjeggedal through the Norwegian high mountains, to the northern side of lake Ringedalsvatnet, reaching altitudes of more than 1,000 metres. The walk is stark, challenging and pretty much off-limits in winter.

Terrain type: Mountain
Highest altitude: 1,100 metres
Time to complete: 10-12 hours
Total distance: 27.5km
Average temperature:
• Summer 12°c/54°f
• Winter -5°/23°f
Difficulty: Advanced

 
Sole Power blog highlights European walking routes
Trolltunga
 

Explore more European destinations at Michelin Sole Power’s interactive hiking map and take the tour.

 

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