We've chosen these trails as our favorites and to represent the great diversity of long distance walking. These trails are found on six continents, represent fourteen countries, and range from cultural landscapes like Cinque Terre and El Camino De Santiago to wilderness walks like the John Muir Trail and the Kungsleden, and a vast spectrum in between.
-- Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People by Robert and Martha Manning.
This books has me planning hiking vacations enough to fill up several decades. It is wonderful. And would make a great gift.
Walking Distance is oversized and full of gorgeous pictures of hiking trails all over the world. The husband/wife authors describe the hikes and the amenities (or lack of) along the routes. It is the perfect combination of practical guide and inspiration.
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