Get back to nature with Take a Hike Day and ViewRanger

Posted on 14/11/2016

Take a Hike Day, created by the American Hiking society, encourages people to get out into nature. Whether you’ll be hiking solo or with a group of family and friends, you can reconnect with the outdoors and feel healthy at the same time. There really is nothing better than exploring the world around us on foot, as hiking can take you to places that are otherwise unreachable. We’re celebrating Take a Hike Day, which falls on the 17th November, with routes across the globe for all ages and abilities - what better excuse to get outdoors and enjoy nature than an entire day dedicated to hiking?! Today is also World Diabetes Day, which raises awareness of the condition and complications it can lead to, as well as how to avoid them. Exercise is recommended for people with diabetes as it brings a range of health benefits. Hiking and walking can be done at your own pace and is a great way to see the world while staying healthy.

 

1. Four Mile Trail, Yosemite, US (FREE)yosemite1.jpg

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 4.69 miles
By Kris Wagner

What’s an international hiking blog post without a route in Yosemite? Every twist and turn in this national park provides a stunning view. But the day-hike up Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point might just take the top prize for best views. In just 9.2 round-trip miles, hikers can tick off postcard panoramas of Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Rock, El Capitan, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, and Nevada Fall.

Best for: All of the Yosemite sights
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cumbria.jpg2. Cat Bells loop from Lingholm Estate, Cumbria, UK (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 3.63 miles
By Oli Reed

Cat Bells only reaches the modest height of 451 metres, but it's one of the Lake District's most popular and cherished peaks. Rising in a distinctive cone above the sparkling surface of Derwent Water, this is a perfect starter hill for anyone experiencing hillwalking for the first time.

Best for: Awesome views in every direction
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3. Ireland.jpgKnockmealdown Circular, Ireland (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 13.13 miles
By Andy Walker

A lovely scenic route starting and finishing at the Vee & taking in Knockmealdown & several other peaks, including Sugarloaf Hill.

Best for: Peak seekers
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4.Finland.jpg Karnaistenkorpi Nature Trail, Helsinki, Finland (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 2.81 miles
By Outdoors Finland

On the Karnaistenkorpi nature trail, you can find the atmosphere of wilderness close to the metropolitan region. If you have sharp eyes, you may also spot the Threetoed Woodpecker and the Eurasian Pygmy Owl that nest in the area. The trail offers a fairytale setting for both quiet walks, exciting adventures for the children, and orienteers training for competitions.

Best for: Family hikes
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5. colorado.jpgMount Evans Wilderness Hell’s Hole Trail, Colorado, US ($)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Very Hard
Length: 5.78 miles
By Menasha Ridge Press

Don't let the name of this hike deter. Hell's Hole is a difficult hike, but its challenge is rewarded. This trail travels through the woods to a high alpine basin in the Mount Evans Wilderness. When it ends at Hell's Hole, the path opens to a meadow where alpine willows grow in the shadow of Gray Wolf Mountain and Mount Evans. The only hell of the day will be found in the busy passing lanes of I-70 on the way there!

Best for: A challenge
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6. Scotland.jpgBeinn Leoid and Meallan a’ Chuail, Highland, Scotland (£)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Very Hard
Length: 9.63 miles
By Walkhighlands

Beinn Leoid is a rather neglected Corbett, being remote and hidden from roads. This route combines it with the fine Graham Meallan a' Chuail using an excellent stalkers' path for the approach. Baggers could easily extend the route to take in the additional but undistinguished Graham of Meall an Fheur Loch.

Best for: A hidden challenge
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7. southkorea.jpgNaejangsan Ridge Hike, South Korea (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 12.11 miles
By Mark Kabayan

The most beautiful and most famous hike in South Korea to see the fall leaves and spring flowers. You’ll need a whole day for this stunning route.

Best for: Nature lovers
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8. italy.JPGVia Francigena – da Montefiascone a Bolsena, Italy ()

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 9.24 miles
By Sciara Nera

This trail is the section of the via Francigena leading from Bolsena to Montefiascone. The route takes you through scenic towns and countryside (spot the many wild flowers) and by the stunning lake of Bolsena.

Best for: Italy’s countryside
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9. wales.jpgFour Falls Trail Brecon Beacons, SE Wales (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 3.78 miles
By Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru Natural Resources Wales

There is nowhere in Wales with as many spectacular waterfalls in such a small area as the part of South Wales known as Waterfall Country. Here, the rivers Mellte, Hepste and Neddfechan have worn away the soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and waterfalls.

Best for: Natural woodland
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10.france.jpg Circuit Colline St Jacques “Cavaillon”, France (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.96 miles
By Office de Tourisme Luberon Monts de Vaucluse LMV

Leaving the tourist office, this relaxing route takes you on a loop to the top of the hill, with great views of the city. Admire the landscape and architecture as you climb sixteenth century stairs and pass the fourteenth century chapel.

Best for: A relaxing but rewarding route
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11. virginia.jpgOld Rag Hike, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, US (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 8.48 miles
By John Sims

The Old Rag Mountain hike in the Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular hikes in the mid-Atlantic region. With many spectacular panoramic views, and one of the most challenging rock scrambles in the park, this circuit hike is a favourite of many hikers!

Best for: Mountain views
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12.northernireland.jpg Slieve Donard Loop, Northern Ireland (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 8.04 miles
By Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

Through the forest and along the river, explore the sedimentary and granite rock formations around Slieve Donard; and discover an old “ice house”. Experience views extending north towards Scrabo Hill and the Ards Peninsula with Britain visible beyond.

Best for: Geology lovers
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13.wisconsin.jpg Madison Capitol and Downtown, Wisconsin, US ($)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.7 miles
By Menasha Ridge Press

Stroll the eclectic downtown area, visit the majestic Capitol, climb Mansion Hill, and take in the lakeshores on both sides of the isthmus in this relaxing city walk. There are plenty of shops and restaurants for interesting stops.

Best for: A city walk
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14dartmoor.jpgSouth West Coast Path (Bite Size LDP), UK (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 11.54 miles
By Trail Magazine

Head to the highest point of the South West Coast Path for breath-taking views. For dramatic coastline there's nowhere like it - try this bite-sized slice of Britain's longest long distance path and see if you agree.

Best for: Dramatic views and coastline
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15.sweden.jpg Kuststigen 6: Malö strömmar – Grundsund, Sweden (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 7.21 miles
By Scandinavian Trails

This path leads across the island of Skaftö, running along small roads, nature paths and old transport trails. The islands are characterized by old farms, fishing and boating villages and a large amount of holiday houses. The many viewpoints enable you to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Best for: Island views
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