European hiking recommendations

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1. Posted by Brionypyz (Budding Member 2 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Hi,
I am looking to book 3/4 days away for my husbands birthday.
We both love forest/ lakes/ mountainous regions so I’m looking for recommendations for European destinations.
Somewhere that has walks available from easy/ intermediate.
Thank you in advance

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2909 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

For such a short trip it may be useful to tell us where you're starting from?

The English Lake District has many easy and moderate walks with forests, lakes, mountains.

Lake Bled in Slovenia is small but interesting.

Both the Alps and Norway have big impressive mountains with some easy walks, but they're expensive. Are you on a tight budget?

3. Posted by Brionypyz (Budding Member 2 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

We actually live in the Lake District so anything similar to that but better/ bigger would be great.

Would prefer to keep the budget small.
Will have a look at lake bled thank you

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6059 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Much depends on whether you intend to hire a car or are looking for a location where you can walk from your accommodation, either directly or by using public transport..

There are a myriad of options e.g.

UK: Lake District, Snowdonia, the Highlands of Scotland

The Isle of Man

Slovakia & Poland: the Tatra mountain region

Slovenia: the Julian Alps/ Triglavski National Park

Italy: the Italian Alps, their foothills and the less-visited lakes in that region e.g. Laghi Iseo, Caldonazzo, di Levico, di Loppia.....

The foothills on the border of Germany & Switzerland The Black Forest area of Germany.

Switzerland itself (obviously). Loads of possibilities but for a short break perhaps Zurich with a lake, lake ferries and a regular train up Uetliberg mountain which opens up loads of hiking routes?

I'll leave it to others to suggest more.....

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2909 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

It gets bigger but not better than the Lakes. :)

How about the West Highlands?
Easy/moderate walks include from Kinlochleven to Blackwater dam, Steall Bridge in Glen Nevis, the Lost Valley walk in Glencoe, or daytrip onto the isle of Eigg and do the Sgurr walk. Best resource for finding more Scottish walks is walkhighlands.co.uk

The Isle of Man is indeed on your doorstep but their 17 National Glens are small and tame, and their big hill Snaefell is somewhat blighted by a railway. Lovely island though.

Slovenia is your best bet for a budget foreign trip. Near Bled are Lake Bohinj and Triglav National Park.

[ Edit: Edited on 10 Jul 2023, 10:44 GMT by AndyF ]

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6059 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

I was writing my reply when you said you were in the UK!

I agree with Andy that lovely Slovenia is your best bet. Bled is very attractive (albeit rather visitor-focused) but it's an easy bus.or train... trip from Ljubliana, which is a very lovely city with excellent food, wine, culture and bars.

There are also buses from Ljubljana to the much-less-touristy Lake Bohinj. Official bus website in English:

https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/tourism

(You don't need to buy tickets online unless you want to. English is widely spoken in Slovenia and it's dead easy to get tickets at the bus station.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1617 posts) 33w 1 Star this if you like it!

Get thee to Guernsey and take the ferry to Sark to hike around the island. I did this last year, then continued to Jersey and St. Malo. You can fly or take ferries. 2869a240-1f45-11ee-8f90-f1c6bb2cece8.jpg286b7700-1f45-11ee-9f5f-d9fc576061c7.jpg2869f060-1f45-11ee-81df-4522deecff41.jpg285f1af0-1f45-11ee-b6ba-1dd8187a966f.jpg285d6d40-1f45-11ee-9d2c-e76c8334686e.jpg109356c0-1f45-11ee-9d2c-e76c8334686e.jpg

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2909 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

Get thee to Guernsey and take the ferry to Sark to hike around the island.

Great suggestion. I did that in 2002, I think Sark could be easily done in a day?

In a similar vein, the Isles of Scilly are great for a few days or a week. Easy walking, great scenery.

Neither one is a particularly budget option though.

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1617 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Guernsey/Sark is reasonable on a modest budget since traveling there by ferry is about half the price vs. flying. I went to Sark on a daytrip from Guernsey and could easily have spent an extra day there hiking. Some views are spectacular.

We bought bus passes that allowed us to take buses R91 and R92 around Guernsey. See this link: https://www.buses.gg/bus-fares

Airfares are high this summer in Europe and elsewhere so, if on a budget, it's better to stay closer to home. However, I was in Poland in May and found it was budget friendly, particularly bus and rail transportation. Accommodations were reasonable, too. My friend Barbara and I particularly enjoyed Torun, near Gdansk and Warsaw. Like Krakow, the medieval city was not destroyed in WWII. We also enjoyed a beautifully restored Wroclaw. We found Zakopane to be crowded. The Tatras are more readily accessible in Poland than Slovakia.

10. Posted by kawonder (First Time Poster 1 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Some European destinations for you are

Lake District, England - offers a variety of walking trails suitable for different skill levels.
Black Forest, Germany - an excellent destination for hiking and nature enthusiasts
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia - offers a network of walking paths that allow you to explore stunning natural landscapes at your own pace.
Scottish Highlands, Scotland - has breathtaking mountain scenery and tranquil lochs
Julian Alps, Slovenia - offers stunning alpine landscapes which ideal for nature lovers