I received an exciting request earlier this year from the team at Sheffield-based publishers, Vertebrate Publishing. Fast forward a few months and you can find a number of my images featured in Big Trails: Heart of Europe!
I was lucky enough to find myself in the heart of Luxembourg’s ‘Little Switzerland’ last year, hiking a beautiful and varied 20-mile stretch of the Müllerthal Trail.
Big Trails: Heart of Europe
Big Trails: Heart of Europe covers this route, along with twenty-four other long-distance tracks. They twist and turn their way around France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
Flipping through its pages, I find myself taking mental notes of all the trails I want to add to my hiking bucket-list. As well as some of the more iconic routes, including Tour du Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, I’m surprised to find that I haven’t heard of a number of the trails detailed. Tour de Paris for instance, circles 540km around the city’s greenbelt!
What I love most about this book is that fact that I’m in it.
Just kidding (but I am delighted to have had my images selected by the folks at VP).
In all seriousness though, I love the simplistic, clean structure of this book. It almost sets you – the budding or experienced hiker – up with everything you need to go forth and create your own personal adventure.
Big Trails intends to inspire rather than plan your trip for you, which to me is very important.
The book presents key information in a particularly user-friendly way. Trail essentials and a pros and cons list, for instance, get straight to the point. The Jones-Ross formula helps you figure out how much time you’ll need to tackle your chosen trail.
It’s also very visual. Each route has a helpful ‘when to go’ calendar and handy icons. There are also overview maps and plenty of inspiring photographs to tickle your trail-legs.
So, if you’re looking to experience some of Europe’s trails, from the lesser-known hidden gems to the more famous routes, get your hands on a copy of Big Trails: Heart of Europe and prepare to be inspired.
A note on Covid…
Obviously, we are all currently living through uncertain times. I encourage you to make informed decisions before you go ahead with any travel plans. Nevertheless, there’s no harm in creating goals and dreaming of the future!
A big thank you to Vertebrate Publishing for sending me two copies of the book. If you have an interest in the great outdoors, be it hillwalking, running, mountain biking or climbing, then go and check them out.