Country Walking magazine’s January 2016 issue features a reader survey of overseas walking ambitions for the year ahead. The good news is that very own roving ambassador, Julia Bradbury, topped the poll for favourite walking companion. And the even better news is that you can tackle all the top 10 walking experiences with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays!
This was the biggest survey of its type, polling around 49,000 people. Here are the results regarding where to head and what to do overseas in 2016. Perhaps they will inspire you?
The Top 10 experiences
1) First among 2016’s top 10 walking experiences is to view the Northern Lights. The Canadian Rockies, Norway and Iceland would be good destinations to experience this phenomenon, but the spectacle is also sometimes visible in the north of the UK, including Orkney and the other outlying Scottish islands.
2) Second was Machu Picchu, Peru’s fabled lost land of the Incas. Machu Picchu is the most famous of the stunning remains of the pre-Spanish era.
3) Walking through the spectacular iconic scenery of the Grand Canyon was a popular choice.
4) For the more adventurous, trekking Everest Base Camp in Nepal was on the agenda. We don’t quite go that far at RWH, but we can take you close with our Everest Tea House Trek.
6) Climbing Mont Blanc came in at number 6. Our Mont Blanc Hotel Trek will take you there.
7) Walking a glacier was a popular challenge. The High Alps of Austria, Switzerland and Italy would be good to head for: Walking the Trail of the Bernina Express in Switzerland offers wonderful glaciers to admire.
8) Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge even for the most experienced. We can take you to the base of the mountain on our journey through Northern Tanzania, From the Serengeti to Zanzibar.
9) Head for the Dolomites or the Alps if you’d like to tackle some via ferratas, the protected climbing routes that employ steel cables to help on steep inclines. Have a look at Colfosco in the Dolomites, for example.
10) Finally, another classic challenge is circumnavigating the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Zermatt and the Mighty Matterhorn would be a good place to start.
The Top 10 overseas destinations in order of preference resulting from the reader survey quoted by Country Walking magazine’s January 2016 issue are as follows