I’ve never really understood how the phrase “take a hike” is supposed to be an insult, even when it’s delivered rather crossly. Would you rather be in the office or “take a hike”? Drive the kids to swim practice before school or “take a hike”? Be stuck in the “ten items or less” aisle behind someone with a full trolley or “take a hike”? Well, I know which one I’d rather do: (clue: it involves taking a hike).
Bringing famed travel writer Bill Bryson's epic Appalachian Trail adventure to the big screen, A Walk in the Woods will be released in the UK on September 18th. Based on his bestselling memoir, it stars Robert Redford as Bryson, who decided to hike an 1,000-mile section of the trail after arriving back in the USA from 20 years' living in the UK.
Finding the right clothes for your hike can be surprisingly tricky. Factors such as the length of your trip, the weather (as well as how changeable it is expected to be!) and the kind of terrain you'll be facing are all important factors to consider.
This guide will help you navigate the sea of options available, from getting to grips with the number and type of layers you need to the best materials for your trip.
Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood from the trees, especially when you never get to see many trees or woods in the first place. We urbanites – used to traipsing to work on a train, or stuck in infernal traffic jams – might forget there’s a big wide world out there. But there’s nothing better to return sanity to the soul than escaping the hubbub of the rat race and hitting the trails that take us away from the majority of our fellow man, alongside bubbling brooks and roaring rivers, up high onto mountain plateaux or down into valleys strewn with cactus and littered with fossils from a far-bygone age.
Our journey to walk on the Appalachian Trail started with a stop in beautiful Baxter State Park in upstate Maine. Baxter State Park is unique for many reasons. Former Maine Governor Percival Baxter donated the land and created this park as part of his lifelong mission to preserve wilderness areas forever for the people of Maine. Because of his wishes, the park remains isolated and undeveloped with only dirt roads and minimal facilities within its boundaries. Today, this leaves us with a beautiful, quiet, unspoiled landscape to spend our day.
Our day in Cape Breton Highlands National Park began with an amazing drive along the spectacularly scenic Cabot Trail Highway. Named after early explorer John Cabot, this road twists and turns its way along beautiful coastal cliffs and through gorgeous mountain scenery. Even as someone who drives every day, it would be hard not to get excited by this beautiful drive.
For years and years people have wandered this earth by putting one foot in front of the other, and it is no different now. Some people hike for sport and to up their fitness levels, some hike to challenge themselves and push their bodies to the extreme, but most of us hike to be at one with nature and to explore the untouched wildernesses that we have left.
Yosemite National Park is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is home to mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, waterfalls, a huge array of wildlife and my favourite mountain in the world, Half Dome. I can honestly say that no matter how many times I come here, it never ceases to amaze me. This trip was no exception.
The Narrows hike in Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful and different hikes in the desert southwest of the United States. On most hikes, you are trying to keep your feet dry, but in The Narrows, dry feet are not an option as you are actually hiking in the Virgin River. The towering walls stretching up 1000' on either side of you makes the hike well worth it though, and as the day heats up, the cool water and shadows of the canyon can be very pleasant indeed.