The smug satisfaction of knowing the view you're looking at has been well & truly earned.

There’s nothing like standing on the top of a mountain enjoying a magnificent view, basking in the knowledge you’ve earnt it. It’s even better when that mountaintop has a hut with a full menu and ice-cold beer.

Hiking in beautiful locations is one of our favourite holiday pastimes. Particularly so for Mark, whose English heritage has firmly planted the walking DNA in his genetic code. He spends hours scouring maps, to construct the perfect hiking day. Paul has grown to appreciate it, but being Australian still finds the British fascination with walking slightly unsettling.

Nonetheless, we have covered some great walking territory on our trips, which often involves Mark waking us up at 5 am to ensure we get an early enough start.

You will find most of our hikes last from 3 to 7 hours. We try to pick destinations with great scenery, some half-decent infrastructure and nearby hotels rather than campsites and huts. If you travel like we do, then have a look through our hiking adventures below..

ON THE TRAIL

4 day Cappadocia Itinerary
Our Comprehensive 4 Day Cappadocia Itinerary

Cappadocia is one of our favourite destinations. A land of sculpted rocks, where you sleep in five-star caves and ride hot air balloons. Our 4 day Cappadocia itinerary helps you see it all.

hiking in Cappadocia
Hiking in Cappadocia – Our Three Favourite Walks

Our detailed guide to hiking in Cappadocia including all the information, maps and tips we think you’ll need to experience some beautiful walking in this surreal destination.

Tre Cime Rifugio Lavaredo
How to ruin an amazing day hiking around Tre Cime in the Dolomites

What was supposed to be an amazing day hiking around Tre Cime in the Italian Dolomites, turned into a painful wait for the Italian roadside service thanks to my stubbornness.

hiking in norway Styggesbreen Glacier
Misadventures hiking in Norway from the Turtagrø Hotel

With clearly marked paths, excellent facilities and inspirational scenery, you'd think hiking in Norway would be a breeze. Not so for us. Here's our account of our walking trip from Turtagrø hotel.

Hiking to the amazing Skageflå on Geirangerfjord in Norway

Our fantastic day hiking up to Skageflå Farm in Norway's impressive Geirangerfjord with some incredible viewpoints along the way.

Exploring the matterhorn glacier paradise view
Exploring the Matterhorn on Cable and Foot from Zermatt

One fantastic day riding Switzerland's impressive cable cars and completing a tricky, yet exhilarating walk up to Hörnlihütte

Sassolungo in the Italian Dolomites
Walking Bliss in the Dramatic Italian Dolomites

Our 7-day walking holiday in the Italian Dolomites, featuring dramatic scenery, interesting walks and a few spectacular rifugios.