Unforgettable Walks To Take Before You Die

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Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die is the fifth title in an exciting series of books that will help you search out essential sights and experiences around the world. Photographers and writers Steve Watkins and Clare Jones draw on their years of international travel experience in selecting thirty of the world's most inspiring, spectacular and beautiful walks, each of which can be done within the space of a two-week break. Their choices include a wide range of locations, from urban walking tours along Boston's Freedom Trail and the stunning temples of Kyoto, to the open countryside of the Yellowstone National Park in the USA and Peru's Inca Trail. There are leisurely jaunts, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater property and a stroll around the picturesque canals of Amsterdam, as well as a few demanding walks, such as the Alpine Tour du Mont Blanc and China's Tiger Leaping Gorge trek, for those who like a challenge. Richly illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photographs, Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die is aimed at anyone looking for ideas for an inspirational trip of a lifetime. The book features a total of thirty walks, including: Amalfi Coast, Italy; Morne Trois Pitons, Dominica; Choro Trail, Bolivia; Dogon Tribes, Mali; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Tiger Leaping Gorge, China; South West Coast Path, England; Routeburn Track, New Zealand; Darjeeling Tea Trek, India; Temples of Kyoto, Japan; Garden Route, South Africa.

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Steve Watkins is a professional photographer and writer who covers travel, adventure sports and cultural topics for publications including Wanderlust, Geographical, the Daily Telegraph, the Illustrated London News, Outdoor Adventure Guide, Global Adventure and various AA guidebook publications. He has co-authored Action Guide Europe and his photography has featured in several exhibitions, including one on Australian Aboriginal art and the artists at London's Barbican Gallery. Steve is the founder of vividplanet.com, through which he and Clare market their images and features. Clare Jones is a professional travel writer and photographer who has spent many years covering adventure activities across the globe. She is also sponsored by Salomon in support of their 'Women Will' campaign. Her work has featured in a variety of publications, including the Sunday Telegraph, USA Today, the Scotsman, the Herald, Traveller, Geographical and Global and she co-authored the flagship AA Key Guide to Spain and Extreme Places of the World. Clare is also an assistant TV producer and has worked on several BBC documentaries.

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Introduction

The hectic pace of modern-day life often leaves us hankering after the chance to escape; to slow down, take a deep breath and soak up the simple and immediate details of our surroundings. If there is an art to travelling, walking can justifiably lay claim to being the most refined, as well as the most ancient, mode of getting around. This ultimate form of slow travel allows us to dictate how far we go, how long we linger and how much we see. By choosing to walk, which naturally engages both body and mind, we sense everything around us more acutely, and can have a deeper, healthier and more revitalizing travel experience.

Another appeal of donning walking shoes or boots is that there are end less opportunities and options to suit just about us all, no matter what our level of fitness. Walks can range in diversity from a gentle stroll through American history along Boston's Freedom Trail or a spiritual journey among the temples and shrines of Kyoto, to more committing adventures, such as traversing the Mont Blanc massif in the European Alps or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Even the more challenging trails are increasingly attracting relatively novice walkers, a sure sign that there is today a widespread and deep-seated desire to engage with the wild places on the planet. When the German climber Hans Meyer became the first person to stand on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1889, he could not have envisaged the tens of thousands of people who now do the same every year.

With so many choices, it was difficult for us to decide which 30 walks to include. All the ones we selected are accessible to anyone with the relevant fitness levels -- you don't need to be a technical mountaineer for any of them -- and they can be completed within at most two weeks; the majority require one week or less. Although you can opt to carry your own equipment, all the walks are available as organized tours, some guided, some self-guided. The Useful Web Addresses section on pages 254-5 lists their operators. These are the ones we used while researching the book and their services will invariably add a welcome touch of comfort and convenience to your walk.

We wanted to include not only some of the world's best-known walks, such as the Inca Trail in Peru and the Coast to Coast walk in England, but also some more unusual destinations, like the Karst country of Slovenia, which takes you back into a bygone age, and the trails around Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's outstanding example of how architecture can combine with nature, in Pennsylvania, USA. Our selection is not in any way meant to be definitive, nor is it laid out in any sort of ranking priority. Of course, we have our personal favourites, but everyone will experience the walks in different ways, so lace up your boots and get out exploring some of them if you can -- the map on pages 252-3 will help you to locate them. This book is not designed to be a guidebook to trails and paths; rather, our intention is to give you a taste of what it is like to walk them. There are many excellent route guides and maps that give detailed descriptions of where to turn right and left.

Although walking is an ideal pace for taking photographs, our schedule did not allow us to hang around for days or weeks waiting for perfect weather. We undertook the walks just as anyone else would, and experienced the full range of what Mother Nature has to offer: the light of the midnight sun under clear skies in the Lofoten Islands; pelting rain on the Inca paving stones along the Takesi Trail in Bolivia; gale-force winds on the cliffs of England's South West Coast Path and glorious sunshine on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand. We may have flinched when things got wild but, thankfully, our camera equipment and sense of humour survived.

Some of the weather patterns we experienced served as reminders that extraordinary changes to our planet are occurring and that our fragile environment needs protecting. Given the heightened fears for the health of the Earth, it is, for some, becoming harder to reconcile these with flying to long-distance destinations. Awareness of global warming and the impact of air travel makes it difficult to feel that catching a plane is environmentally viable. But understandably, given the many wonderful and inspiring places the world has to offer, people still want to see them, to explore and experience them.

First-hand knowledge of the beauty of the planet can be the motivating factor for changing our way of life. At home, altering our shopping habits or means of transport, recycling, and being careful about the way we use water can seem inconvenient. Travelling often puts us in step with a very different world. We naturally eat only what is grown locally in Bolivia, happily explore Amsterdam on foot and conserve water in drought-stricken Australia. Perhaps these are some of the more valuable lessons we learn and bring back to our own lives, helping us to take small steps to change and improve the world around us.

Should you choose a long-haul destination, once you reach it the impact you make by walking is far less than that of any other form of travel. Depending on where you live, in this book there are, hopefully, walks that can be accessed without the need to board a plane. The choice of walking as a way of travelling is perhaps as good an interim answer to environmental problems as there can be -- our way to leave only a light footprint.

Steve Watkins and Clare Jones, 2008

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