My top 5 walks worldwide of 2016
I’m a little late to the party for a 2016 review blog post – but, what the hell, here it goes anyway. I was lucky enough to have a (very) adventurous 2016 filled with lots and lots of trekking – and I’ve often contemplated which trails were my favourite. So, after much indecision, I’ve finally come up with this top five list:
5. Cotswold Way, England
Distance: 102 miles
Time: 7 days
Three-word review: fields, villages, cottages
Stand-out feature: hiking through quintessential English countryside, with its rolling hills, fields of golden hay bales, thatched cottages and perfectly manicured villages.
Funny moment: accidentally wild camping in billionaire James Dyson’s back garden (more on that here).
4. Cumbria Way, England
Distance: 73 miles
Time: 4 days
Three-word review: freezing, mountains, winter-wonderland
Stand-out feature: wild camping amongst the snowy peaks of the stunning Lakeland fells.
Funny moment: totally embarrassing myself in Carlisle at the end of the trek (find out how here)
3. Banks Peninsula Track, New Zealand
Distance: 22 miles
Time: 2 days (+ rest day for extra-curricular activities)
Three-word review: wildlife, coastline, dolphins
Stand-out feature: seeing pods of dolphins at Flea Bay.
Funny moment: bathing under the stars in an open-air bathtub at one of the huts.
2. Overland Track, Tasmania
Distance: 40 miles (+ extra side-trips and mountain summits)
Time: 6 days
Three-word review: scenic, nature, sociable
Stand-out feature: amazing wildlife encounters including wallabies, wombats, possums, snakes and echidnas (full walk review here)
Funny moment: almost crapping myself every time I saw a venomous tiger snake (more on those terrifying experiences here)
And the winner is the absolutely incredible…
1.South Coast Track, Tasmania
Distance: 52 miles
Time: 6 days
Three-word review: wilderness, remote, tough
Stand-out feature: stunning coastal scenery in one of the world’s last great wildernesses in SW Tasmania.
Funny moment: having to hike one of the most challenging (and steep) sections of the walk twice, after dropping my waterproof at the top and only realising once I’d descended 1,000m to the bottom.