Walking & Hiking Route Search

Walking & Hiking Route Search

Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.


Rucksack / Daypack

Daypacks may look the same at first glance but actually they have lots of functional differences.

Although you do not want to leave any necessary equipment behind, you do not want to overload your back with an excruciating weight either. For day walks, a small backpack (i.e. 25 to 35 litres in size) should suffice. If organization is important to you, think about a panel-loading daypack. Fully opened, one panel falls away like a flap and makes easy to load and rummage through when you’re looking for something.

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Top-loading rucksacks are simpler in design and a little lighter than panel loaders of a comparable size. They usually close with a drawstring and are easier to overstuff when needed. This is valuable to climbers who carry a lot of gear during the approach but don’t want to climb with a larger pack. However, organizing and locating gear in a top loader can be a challenge. You have to think very good before packing things which you’ll need less at the bottom of top-loading rucksack. You’ll be wearing your rucksack a lot, so be sure to find one which is really comfortable, as well as having the right capacity.

A few daypacks offer dual access points—top and panel. That’s a handy option.

Now let’s decide which size of a backpack is the best for walking. The sizes of backpacks vary by intended use. If you go on a trail walking then take a trail-running pack which is designed to hold as little as 10 liters. For a more difficult route, choose a climbing pack that holds 40 to 50 liters. When you go on a walking holiday with the whole family, and you carry extra gear for other members of your family, for example, your children, look for a pack in the 40-liter range—perhaps even larger.

Optional Extras

Optional Extras

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Walking Poles / Trekking Poles

Walking Poles / Trekking Poles

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Waterproof clothing

Waterproof clothing

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Base and Mid Layers

Base and Mid Layers

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Hiking Socks / Trekking Socks

Hiking Socks / Trekking Socks

Ideally, you should have socks that are especially made for walking / trekking. Don’t try your walking boots on with your no...

Walking Boots

Walking Boots

One of the most important pieces of outdoor wear you’ll ever purchase for your walks is a good-quality pair of hiking boots. Her...