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Lonely Planet lists best city hikes

18 September 2013 08:19

Lonely Planet has lsited the world's best city hikes

Lonely Planet has lsited the world's best city hikes

Holidaymakers who enjoy a good walk would not be disappointed by any of the "city hikes" in Lonely Planet's newly unveiled top 10.

Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro came out on top, followed by the Thames Path, which runs from the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier in London, and the Great Coastal Walk, Sydney.

The Hoerikwaggo Trail in Cape Town and the Berlin Wall Trail completed the top five, with Seawall, Vancouver; South Mountain Park, Phoenix; Coast to Coast Walk, Auckland; Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh and the Hong Kong Trail also among the best city hikes in the world.

The top 10 appears in Lonely Planet's 1,000 Ultimate Adventures, a book showcasing "the world's most daring, exciting and breathtaking experiences".

Adventure seekers excited by the prospect of tackling one of the walks away from British shores are reminded of the importance of arranging travel insurance, with specialist adventure travel insurance also an option for those hiking and trekking over 4,000m.

Those keen to sample one of the hikes on home soil would enjoy "a London highlights reel, passing Kew Gardens, Battersea Park and power station, Westminster and Big Ben, the Millennium Eye, Shakespeare's Globe and so on" walking the section of Thames Path from Kingston to Greenwich, according to Lonely Planet.

It said: "Expect surprising contrasts: the leafy emptiness of the riverbank through Richmond and Kew against the chaos of the South bank, where the entire world seems to come to meet."

Arthur's Seat, a volcanic outcrop looking out over Edinburgh, was hailed for its views of the Scottish capital in the book.

Scotland was considered one of the best destinations for adventure travel in the book, which is made up of 100 top-10 lists. It featured in a fifth of the lists.

Scotland's treks, mountains and festivals make it "one of the best destinations for active travellers and adrenaline junkies".