I'm struggling to find information on the 11 long distance walking paths in Europe. The European Rambler's Association Website has a decent map overview, but they suggest books that are all out of print and I can't seem to find info anywhere else. Does anyone have experience with hiking any of these trails?
Me and a friend have our sights set on doing some of the long distance hiking trails in Europe. Our first targets are the trail across the coast of Brittany in France and the trail the starts in the southern tip of Spain and extends through France into Italy.
I can't seem to find anything but just rudimentary information about these trails. Almost all of the books written on these subjects are out of print, so I can't get answers to questions like:
-Where is the start point?
-How long between towns?
-Is it safe?
-What type of wildlife do we need to be on the lookout for?
-Where can we get detailed trail maps?
Any advice would be much appreciated, particularly if you done any of the 11 trails yourself. Thanks!
I just can speak of the E1 through Switzerland from the lake Bodensee to Chiasso - which at first follows the Jakobsweg and then the Trans Swiss Trail. Trek, maps and literature:
You will need 20 - 25 days, depending your daily kilometers. We did it ourselves and were astonished about the variety in landscapes, architecture and scenery. And its so safe you could walk on your own. You pass lots of villages where you can find food and accommodation.
If you look for a book with all the European long distance trails, there is the "Auf Tour in Europa. Das Handbuch für die Europäischen Fernwanderwege" ISBN-10: 3813403386.
If you have specific questions, just ask.
And there is a forum about the same subject: http://www.fernwege.de/foren/europa/index.html
camino de santiago
this is a great walk / hike / hippie type adventure. check it out, doing part of it is something you might be interested in.