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Feb 15:
Want to support a brilliant charity, the Dream School ProjectMike McNally is going to walk the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds. Sponsor him here

Our facebook community reaches 5,000!

Norman Yarrow is walking the Southern Uplands Way in late April in aid of Parkinsons UK and The Cure Parkinsons Trust. See more and please support at: 

Jan 15:
Over 430,000 page views in 2014. Over 550,000 predicted for 2015.

Oct 14:
Our 750th walk is loaded!

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Brilliant site! Wow! Its all here. Finally something to really get your teeth into. The photos the ratings the descriptions the information are absolutely fantastic and spot on..... Thank you Walkopedia your finger is on the pulse, your feet on the right trail. Walkers of the world unite indeed! Bill Peel (7.2013)


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Huangshan, China

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  • To have as close to a complete collection of the world’s great walks and hikes as can be achieved, by 2020. This requires daunting levels of research - and walking - and help from walk lovers like you. So, please give us your suggestions and comments.
  • To give you good information and links, to help you plan an expedition.

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THE WORLD'S 100 BEST WALKS: as walked and selected by William Mackesy

William Mackesy is on a long quest to identify the world’s 100 best walks. He is tackling and assessing all the walks himself, and has so far done more than 40% of the likely Top 100 (listed on our about page). His descriptions of these walks will be appearing on this website.
Alta Via 1 Dolomites
His planned book on these walks is provisionally titled "Fat Man Walking: a Good Wheeze". But, as he is 50 and his knees are in decline, he suspects the project will involve lowered sights at some point.

Identifying the best walks requires a system as well as stamina:but what are the essential ingredients of a great walk? Outstanding beauty is not sufficient on its own (there are thousands of beautiful walks). It is some special charisma, often combined with a natural wonder or historical or artistic association, which propels a walk into the highest ranks. Adjustments are needed for miseries such as crowding and altitude. See our walks assessment system, which we have developed to balance between these varied factors.


Kilimanjaro at dawn from Mt Meru


See our provisional list of the world’s 100 best walks, with ratings. These preliminary rankings will be revised for further candidates and adjusted markings. You can help to develop the final, definitive, list. Your suggestions for candidates, and comments on walks on the list, will be very welcome.

Click here to see William’s personal favourites walks.



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You can join our community and help to develop the final, definitive, Top 100 list and a full collection of the world’s best walks and hikes. Your suggestions for candidates, and comments on walks on this website, will be very welcome. You can:

  • recommend a walk, or submit your own description of a favourite walk;
  • suggest additions or changes to an existing walk description and our walks assessments, including your tips, tales and photos; and
  • give us other feedback or comments.

Go to our community page to see more on the Walkopedia project, including the ideas of other walk lovers.


Results are out for our 2011 competitions for:

See the full results on our Competition Results 2011 page.

Lake Manasarovar,Tibet


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Countries with highest concentration of the world's best walks

Country No. in Top 100 % of all walks
China 11
Nepal 7
Peru 6
Spain 6
France 6
India 6
Italy 5
UK 5
Norway 4


We are planning to feature good charity walks from around the world. Let us know of any charity walks you would like us to feature!


  1. Mount Kailash Kora, China
  2. Inca Trails, Peru
  3. Mustang, Nepal
  4. Petra Area, Jordan
  5. The Dolomites, Italy
  6. Cappadocia, Turkey
  7. Torajaland, Indonesia
  8. Drakensberg Escarpment, South Africa
  9. Q'adisha Valley, Lebanon
  10. Annapurna Region, Nepal

(Walkopedia's provisional rating)


Emei Shan, Sichuan, China

  • One of China's sacred mountains, and the first bastion of the mountainous Tibetan fringe. A magical, historic place of forests, cliffs and chasms dotted with temples, pagodas and other sites, where people have been walking and contemplating for more than a millennium.
  • Walk up ancient stone paths and steps, past temples and tea plantations, then through cloud and bamboo forest. Pass ancient buildings; stay in an ox-blood Buddhist monastery. Catch glimpses of mist-wreathed cliffs as you get higher.
  • At the Golden Summit, explore the temples, glimpse the vast abyss beneath the peak through swirling cloud - or occasionally get a magnificent view toward the mountains and over the hazy plain of Sichuan plain.
  • You gain altitude fast, climbing endless flights of hewn steps: pace yourself. Come prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
  • Huge numbers come at high times: avoid these, or be prepared to walk on remoter paths if you want seclusion.

Further information


  • June 2014: working away at Pyrenees pages
    Working away at a huge batch of 20 or more Pyrenees pages, including the amazing Gavarnie/Ordesa circuit. What a glorious area.
  • April 2014: we are receiving page visits at an annual rate of 500,000 for the first time
  • Feb 2014: our 700th walk is loaded!
  • Jan 2014: 327,000 page views in 2013
    Hardly google, but still 70% growth
  • Dec 2013: our winter magazine: Myanmar's marvels

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St Olav's Way, Norway

  • A long pilgrimage trail across southern Norway, up the lovely, winding Gudbrandsdal valley, then across the rough, harshly beautiful Dovrefjell to the shrine at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim of St. Olav, C11 king of Norway revered as the great Christianiser.
  •  This is a very varied trail, relatively tame near Oslo then following popular Lake Mjosa, winding in to the increasingly spectacular central mountainscape, crossing arctic/alpine highlands, then descending to classic fjordlands.
  • This is a long and in places tough trail in remote mountains where the weather is unpredictable even in summer. Come prepared.

Further information


  • We have been told that it is not currently possible to walk the full Cinque Terre route due to landslides, but this is not mentioned much on the internet. Does anyone have any more information?
  • Charity walks: we are planning to have a focus on good charity walks (it will take a while to change the site)... in the meantime let us know of great upcoming walks around the world - the longer the notice, the better!
  • What is your favourite walk, and why? How would it rate using our system?

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