Hiking here and there
Places I like to go hiking... Links are provided to (mostly) official sites.
Well, close to Vancouver...
- Garibaldi Provincial Park: Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk...
- Lynn Headwaters Regional Park: Lots of nice low-level hikes, some impressive
old tree stumps, and the suspension bridge is free!!
- Stawamus Chief Provincial Park: the home of climbing in BC, superb views from atop the Chief
- Cypress Provincial Park: great views of Vancouver and the Howe Sound
- Grouse Mtn: the Grouse Grind is well-named. The BCMC trail is quieter.
- Mt Seymour Provincial Park: completing the
triumvirate of North Shore peaks
- Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park: the North Cascades mountains are spectacular and Elk Mountain (not actually in the park) is the place for summer wild flowers
- Manning Park:
Mmmmm, ridge walks...
- Strathcona Provincial Park, on Vancouver Island: who knew that the Island could be
- Mt Robson Provincial Park: the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies
- Cathedral Provincial Park: beautiful lakes and amazing views
- Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park: a complete unlogged watershed – true wilderness
- Joffre Lakes Provincial Park: lakes of unbelievable colour!
- Juan de Fuca Provincial Park: beautiful beaches and more
- Golden Ears Provincial Park: magnificent views from the golden eyries
- The amazing, overwhelming beauty of Jasper, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks
...in the UK
- The Lake District: All-time favourite place to go walking.
- The Yorkshire Dales: Up hill and down dale. It's all great.
- The Peak District: No moorland like it...
- The North York Moors: ...except this lot...
- Calderdale and South Pennines: ...and some of this.
- The New Forest: Ah, heathland (not moorland but looks similar). Not as many trees as you might expect.... Grew up here so it has a particular appeal. (Bet you didn't know there's a village in the UK called
Other places to hike in the UK
- North Downs Way, Kent: Pretty, I guess. Coastal bit is very nice, except for the Channel Tunnel entrance...
- Cornwall: Beautiful coastline, but the undergrowth frequently gets in the way :-)
- Snowdonia National Park: visited once on a school trip in 1985. Must go back!!
...in the USA
- Shenandoah NP: only 2 hours' drive from home....
- Rocky Mountain NP: Can you say stunning between gasps for oxygen?
- Arches NP: Wow!
- Bryce Canyon NP: Hoodoos? We doos! Or we did in 1999...
- Grand Canyon NP: Grand is an understatement.
- Monument Valley, Navajo nation: Hiking in the desert at 2pm is a
daft idea even in October... (Navajo Nation Parks home page)
- Yosemite NP: Spectacular!
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP: Biiiiig trees
- Death Valley NP: Don't get low on petrol here....
- Hawaii volcanoes NP: watch where you tread (the lava's kinda warm!)
- Assateague Island National Seashore: OK, not really
for hiking but there are miles of beautiful sandy beaches...
- Various state parks in Maryland,
Pennsylvania allow you to tread sections of the Appalachian Trail.
- The Blue Mountains: with arguably the best Grand Canyon walk anywhere. (Other Blue Mountains links:
UNESCO World Heritage Site;
Blue Mtns conservation society)
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