Since delving into the world of trail research, we realise that there are some long-distance trails that are more popular than others. This is usually down to word of mouth and with Social media platforms being a major source of trail inspiration, the once quiet trails are bustling with hikers hoping to get the all important shot on the trail. The whole purpose of this article is to serve as a collection of ideas for hikes to do, both long and short.

With this, avid hikers are searching for new, lesser known trails to take on and discover for themselves. With our growing data, we are seeing the following trails gaining popularity. Could one of these be your 2020 adventure?

1. Mourne Wall Path – Northern Ireland

The Mourne wall on the Mourne Wall Walk

The Mourne Wall Walk is a 30 km looped trail that starts and ends in Moneydorragh More Upper, Northern Ireland. The trail is considered to be difficult to hike and has a total elevation gain of 1640m. Normally the trail takes 2 days to complete but can be finished in as little as 1 day.

The warmest months are June, July, and August and the coldest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are June, July, and August and the driest months are December, January, and February. You’ll find a map of The Mounre Wall Walk here.

2. Cambrian Way – Wales

The Cambrian Way is a 479 km trail that starts in Castle, Wales and ends in Conwy, Wales. While the trail itself can’t be cycled, there are nearby alternative routes that can taken instead. The trail is considered to be difficult to hike and has a total elevation gain of 16843m. Normally the trail takes 27 days to complete but can be finished in as little as 19 Days.

The warmest months are June, July, and August and the coldest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are September, October, and November and the driest months are June, July, and August. 

3. GR 5 – France

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The GR 5 is a 624 km trail that starts in Thonon-les-Bains, France and ends in Nice, France. The trail is considered to be difficult to hike and has a total elevation gain of 36313m. Normally the trail takes 1 days to complete but can be finished in as little as 1 day.

The warmest months are June, July, and August and the coldest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are December, January, and February and the driest months are September, October, and November. 

4. Routebourn Track, New Zealand

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The Routeburn Track is a 31 km trail that starts in Southland Region, New Zealand and ends in Otago Region, New Zealand. The trail is considered to be difficult to hike and has a total elevation gain of 1274m. Normally the trail takes 3 days to complete but can be finished in as little as 1 day.

The warmest months are June, July, and August and the coldest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are September, October, and November and the driest months are March, April, and May. 

5. Alta Via 2, Italy

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The Alta Via 2 is a 172 km trail that starts in Brixen – Bressanone, Italy and ends in Feltre, Italy. The trail is considered to be extra difficult to hike and has a total elevation gain of 12644m. Normally the trail takes 1 days to complete but can be finished in as little as 1 day.

The warmest months are June, July, and August and the coldest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are September, October, and November and the driest months are June, July, and August. 

6. Beara Way, Ireland

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The Beara Way is a 209 km looped trail that starts and ends in Kilcaskan, Ireland. While the trail itself can’t be cycled, there are nearby alternative routes that can taken instead. The trail is considered to be medium to hike and has a total elevation gain of 5503m. Normally the trail takes 12 days to complete but can be finished in as little as 8 Days.

The warmest months are June, July, and August and the coldest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are March, April, and May and the driest months are June, July, and August. 

7. Mestia to Ushguli, Georgia

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Mestia to Ushguli is a 54 km trail that starts in Mestia, Georgia and ends in Chazhashi, Georgia. The trail is considered to be difficult to hike and has a total elevation gain of 2660m. Normally the trail takes 4 days to complete but can be finished in as little as 3 or 2 days.

The warmest months are June, July, and August and the coldest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are September, October, and November and the driest months are December, January, and February.