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As warmer months and longer days approach, suddenly long walks and hikes start to look far more appealing.

Exploring and adventuring through mountain ranges, cliffsides and dramatic vistas are all part of the thrill of hiking. However, deciding where to explore and what views you simply must see can be a hard task. 

As we celebrate National Earth Day (Friday 22 April), fortunately, the talented team at OnBuy Treadmills decided to investigate which of Europe’s hiking trails is in fact the most popular – within the top 20, the UK features six times! 

Below are some of the key results:

  • The UK houses the most hiking hotspots in the top 20 with 6 
  • The most popular UK hike is Surrey’s ‘Box Hill, Lodge Hill and Juniper Circular’ with 184,864 Instagram hashtags 
  • Italy’s Sentiero Azzurro takes the top spot, with over 2.5 million hashtags!
  • The longest hike is Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle at 767 kilometres, spanning the whole top coast of Spain – placing 2nd with 2.2million hashtags

Top 20 Hikes

PositionHike NameCountry Instagram # Quantity
1stSentiero Azzurro: Vernazza – MonterossoItaly2,500,013
2ndGR®65: Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle / Via Podiensis / Voie du PuyFrance2,210,441
3rdTre Cime di Lavaredo | Drei ZinnenItaly483,400
4thPreikestolen (Pulpit Rock)Norway337,444
5thSkógafoss WaterfallIceland280,702
6thGullfoss WaterfallIceland275,737
7thTrolltungaNorway229,921
8thBox Hill, Lodge Hill and Juniper Hill CircularUnited Kingdom184,864
9thSeljalandsfoss – Gljufrafoss WaterfallsIceland184,241
10thPromenade 57 Cascade des Nutons de Solwaster (Solwaster, Statte, Bilisse, Dolmen)Belgium127,756
11thCalanques de Port Miou, Port Pin et d’En VautFrance121,642
12thCastleton, Mam Tor and The Great Ridge WalkUnited Kingdom117,479
13thYorkshire Three PeaksUnited Kingdom105,089
14thJanet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham CoveUnited Kingdom90,372
15thKinder Scout and Kinder Downfall PathUnited Kingdom81,274
16thLaugavegur TrailIceland80,911
17thPR1 – Pico do Arieiro – Pico RuivoPortugal75,793
18thArnarstapi – Gatklettur – HellnarIceland73,783
19thDovestone Reservoir and Chew Reservoir CircularUnited Kingdom73,508
20thTour du Mont Blanc (TMB)France73,122

In this list of Europe’s most beautiful hikes, the United Kingdom features a remarkable 6 times, the most in the top 20. Box Hill, Lodge Hill and Juniper Hill Circular is the highest scorer from the United Kingdom, with a very respectable 184,864 hashtags scored. This challenging hike loops around three hills, down into a valley and back out again. With an elevation gain of 538 metres, seasoned hikers will finish the walk in just under 4 hours, but new hikers may take six hours or more.

The top 3 hikes:

Italy heralds the most beautiful hike, as seen via OnBuy Treadmill’s Instagram data. The gorgeous Sentiero Azzurro walk is the first of two in the top 3, which covers part of the Cinque Terre UNESCO National Park, straddling cliffs and scrublands before descending towards the ocean. This remarkable route has a little over 2.5 MILLION hashtags, the most on this list by far! With dramatic inclines and fabulous views of the Mediterranean, it’s not hard to see why this hike is the most beautiful.

The second most Insta-worthy hike to feature is known colloquially as the Camino De Santiago, ‘GR®65: Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle’ is a formidable 767 kilometers long and serves as a historic pilgrimage route across Spain and beyond. With 2,210,441 hashtags on Instagram, this hike serves views of the beautiful Spanish countryside and the Bay of Biscay, surely warranting its position as one of Europe’s most beautiful hikes to visit! 

Third place is deservedly awarded to Tre Cime di Lavaredo in Italy – the second hike in Italy to feature in the top 3. With 483,400 hashtags, it’s clear this route is a stunner. A steeply-inclined hike leads you to the staggering Drei Zinnen mountains, three rock formations jutting out over the plateau. Dwarfing its surroundings, the paths to the peaks are served by the Lavaredo fork, leading hikers around the perimeter of these incredible geographical features.

The top countries for hiking trails:

After the UK, Iceland is the next most prevalent country for hiking trails, with 5 in the top 20 with the Skógafoss Waterfall garnering the most hashtags at 280,702. The waterfall scythes right through a hillscape, making for a hugely dramatic finish for your hike as you round the hill and gaze at the 60 metre Icelandic wonder. For added amazement, hike at night to catch glimpses of the Northern Lights illuminating the waterfall.

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