Wanderlust Europe – A manual for those in search of breathtaking beauty and freedom.

Although this podcast goes into the background detail of what is involved in compiling a compendium like this which contains some of the best hikes in Europe, there is much else we discuss.

Including the Cape Wrath Trail and the story of meeting Skye MacGregor, the 16-year-old lad hiking LEJOG via the CWT in winter through February.

The Tour of Monte Rosa: benighted on the Europaweg. Hear how this was his first Alpine long-distance hike where he felt like he vaguely knew what he was doing, but still very much a learning curve, and what went wrong!

Alex Roddie – Ben Nevis

How the Lochaber Traverse became his obsession over many years and several attempts, starting with a friend’s broken ankle back in 2006.

Alex Roddie – Cape Wrath Trail

Finally the Mercantour Traverse: thunderstorm at altitude. Spark flying everywhere. It was his first real ultralight trip in a highly technical Alpine environment, going fast and light and pushing close to the limits of my comfort zone.

Alex Roddie – Mercantour

There’s so much more we touch on too. What lightweight equipment he was using when camping in winter at the top of Ben Nevis to be rewarded by a superb temperature inversion.

Alex Roddie – Locharber Ridge

Chris Townsend and the charity work they are doing for the John Muir trails, to win a day out with Alex and Chris on the hills.

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The routes

Here is the complete list of hikes featured in Wanderlust Europe:

Western Europe

The Pennine Way, England

The Kerry Way, Ireland

The Cape Wrath Trail, West Highlands, Scotland

Rothiemurchus Forest and Ryvoan Pass, Cairngorms, Scotland

The Lochaber Traverse, West Highlands, Scotland

Bonus section:

Great Gable, Lake District, England

The Dingle Way, Ireland

The Mourne Wall Walk, Northern Ireland

The Three Sisters of Glen Coe, West Highlands, Scotland

Eastern Europe

Baltic Coastal Hiking Route, Latvia and Estonia

Făgăraş Mountains Traverse, Romania

The Menalon Trail, Greece

The Slovene Mountain Trail, Slovenia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

The Transcaucasian Trail, Georgia

Bonus section:

The Polonya Borzhava Traverse, Ukraine

Mount Olympus, Greece

Białowieża Forest, Poland

Kom-Emine, Bulgaria

Omu Peak, Romania

Northern Europe

Nordkalottleden, Norway, Sweden and Finland

Kungsleden, Swedish Lapland

The Hornstrandir Trail, Iceland

The Kerlingarfjöll Circle Route, Iceland

Bonus section:

Skaftafell, Iceland

The Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen, Norway

The Hetta-Pallas Trail, Finland

The Karhunkierros Trail, Finland

The Camøno Trail, Denmark

Southern Europe

The Mercantour Traverse, Maritime Alps, France and Italy

The GR221 Dry Stone Route, Mallorca

The GR131, La Palma

The Ordesa Canyon, Pyrenees, Spain

The Canigou Traverse, Pyrenees, France

The GR20, Corsica

Pico de Aneto, Pyrenees, Spain

Bonus section:

Veredo do Arieiro (PR1), Madeira

Mont Granier, Chartreuse, France

The Torrent de Pareis Gorge Walk, Mallorca

Mont Buet, Western Alps, France

The Jermoso Traverse, Picos de Europa, Spain

Central Europe

The Western Brenta Circuit, Dolomites, Italy

The Tre Cime Circuit, Dolomites, Italy

The Rheinsteig Trail, Middle Rhine, Germany

The Harz Border Trail, Harz Mountains, Germany

The Tour of Monte Rosa, Western Alps, Switzerland and Italy

The GR57 Valée de l’Ourthe and Sentier du Nord, Ardenees, Belgium and Luxembourg

The Mettelhorn, Western Alps, Switzerland

The Alpine Pass Route (Via Alpina 1), Switzerland

Bonus section:

Imbachhorn, Salzburg, Austria

The Adlerweg, Tyrol, Austria

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