It may be an ancient form of exercise, but walking is one of the most modern ways to get out and about to explore a holiday destination, where you can breathe in the clean, crisp air. There's no better time for a hiking holiday than spring and we've found some epic hikes in the UK, Europe and beyond that will help make you feel healthier, happier and more relaxed along the way.
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Requiring little skill, no special equipment or formal training, hiking is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the natural scenery, whether you're taking in the majestic mountains of Scotland, or exploring Austria's magnificent lakes.
Choosing a route that is packed with interest and variety is essential, but you'll want to enjoy hearty meals and spend your nights in comfortable accommodation too. We've picked some of the top walking holidays for spring that range from gentle rambles along remarkable coastlines, to challenging treks across unforgettable peaks.
Austria and Spain are fine choices for hikers in Europe who appreciate picturesque views, while further-flung, New Zealand is wonderful for wildlife lovers. If you're after an unusual place for a holiday, the Czech Republic treats walkers to grand castles, extraordinary rock formations and