list of long distance hiking paths
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For the more active traveller, Europe provides excellent opportunities for long distance walking, where you can follow long-distance walking trails and take in some of Europe's finest scenery, while getting fit at the same time. Whether going on a trans-continental odyssey or a leisurely weekend stroll, you will find a trail to suit you.

Map of European long-distance paths



There are eleven continental trails in Europe, which are in varying stages of completion. These paths are comprised of smaller national paths, which may be enjoyable travel experiences of themselves. It's recommended that you read up on help and advice before setting off on a long distance walking holiday. You will have a fantastic time, but always be prepared for the worst, and take the best kit with you that you can find. The markings are not uniform, and some parts may be missing.

The paths are coordinated by the European Ramblers Association (ERA), also known as Europäische Wandervereinigung (EWV) and Féderation Européenne de la Randonnée Pédestre (FERP), but the responsibility for the individual sections is by national organisations in the countries the path leads through.

In addition to these routes, there are regional and national path networks (see e.g. Walking in the United Kingdom), the Grande Randonnée paths, and pilgrim paths such as the Way of Saint James or the St. Olav's Way. These may be partly integrated in the E-paths. For individual paths see also Rheinsteig, Rheinburgenweg, Pieterpad and Nordkalottleden.

Finnish Suomen Latu left the ERA in 2017. ERA doesn't take any responsibility for the legs through Finland of E6 and E10.

The long-distance routes are as follows:


Signboard: crossing of E1 and E8 .

Grande Randonnée


There is a trail network in Europe, particularly in the west, called Grande Randonnée.

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