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I just found out about this today: the European long-distance paths, "a network of long-distance footpaths that traverse Europe." (Wikipedia link)

Here's a picture of it:

August 28, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/chaered
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This is what happens if you try a new shortcut on your way home, take a wrong turn, and refuse to ask for directions. Let it be a lesson.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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I think after a couple of days, you'd realize you're going the wrong way.

If not, after a few weeks, you might think, Hmm, why is everyone speaking German in this part of France?

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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Surely you would just assume Germany had invaded France again and that parts of Poland were similarly affected?

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist
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Lingots to you!

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

Take the red path, then the yellow path down to where it intersects with the brown in greece, then follow the brown to its end at the green in norway, follow its path to the end in Italy. And I would pretty well consider that having been all over Mainland Europe. How anyone would ever find the time to do that? I don't know. But I wish I could. lol

August 28, 2015

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I was wondering if it would be permitted to bike along the trails. That would cut down the travel time immensely. Instead of going 30 km per day, you could go 150 km per day.

I found this under "See also:" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroVelo

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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The answer is that in some cases it may be permitted, but not necessarily in the UK - or at least parts of it. In England and Wales, rights of way which are not public roads are traditionally classified as either public footpaths (on which only travellers on foot are permitted) and public bridlepaths (on which travellers may walk, cycle or ride a horse).

Most bridlepaths (notice the word "bridle" there) are the remains of an older, unpaved, road network which gradually fell out of use between the early 19th century and the 1930s. These roads historically carried only light traffic, including wheeled traffic (people walking to work or a farm cart going to the weekly market) which means that legally bridlepaths can also be used by modern wheeled traffic. They therefore now attract large numbers of urban dwellers in 4x4s and on motorbikes which churn up the surface (remember that these roads are not surfaced with tarmac) and quickly make the old roads impassable. There is considerable friction in many parts of the country between country people and urban leisure seekers over the use of these roads.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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That's very interesting, thanks a lot for sharing!

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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I cycle around the coastal paths in Devon and Cornwall (southwest England). Some of it is perfectly fine for cycling, some of it you will be carrying your bike. A lot.

I practice a simple policy of 'dont bother anyone and they wont bother you'

So if it is a nice sunny day, be kind to walkers and get out of the way. It's always better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission :)

In the worst case scenario, Europe has a vast network of actual cycle routes, in addition to these walking routes : http://www.ecf.com/wp-content/uploads/EuroVelo_Karte_Original1.jpg

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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Thanks a lot for sharing!

I've read that the cycling routes are at various stages of completion. I'd have to look into that with more detail before I plan to take one of these routes.

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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My ISP has blocked that site on the grounds of malicious content. However there is this link which seems fine:

http://www.eurovelo.org/routes/overview-route-database/#

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

Lol, the idea of biking all of that seems like it would be a serious workout. Especially for someone like me who spends less than 1% of his time outside. Although I can see where the idea of walking it could be even more crazy. Darn you young energetic people lol getting to have all the fun. Although I do think he idea of being a backpacking, bicycle riding, explorer and adventurer studying the languages and cultures of Europe as you go would make a good tea time story.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahtess
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Wow I also was interested in a long distance biking. It would be wonderful!

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EHardisty

I'd love to be able to do something like that too, but I'm just far too unfit and don't have the motivation to get out of it. I did a 50 mile charity bike ride through London in May and was gutted because I only managed 45 miles of it. but I didn't have any practice or anything and we (me and a colleague) did raise over the target amount we had planned.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahtess
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You don't have to have hard times through fitting. You can ride a bike every day and running. Step by step. Hit some music on your ears and go for it!

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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You shouldn't be gutted about that. A bit of competitive cycling is always going to be harder than your average countryside touring, because you end up pushing yourself harder than you need to, even if it is for charity. You just get caught up in the race and forget to pace yourself.

Imagine you were to do a marathon, if you try and sprint all the way, you will hit a wall very quickly. It takes a lot of restraint to be able to pace yourself in a way that you still have energy left to push on while everyone is dropping like flies around you.

But the point I am trying to make is, if you are just doing it for the hell of it, then stop and smell the flowers once in a while, you will do 50 miles without even noticing it.

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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I can't speak about Western Europe, but I have never heard about such long distance trails crossing Romania. I would expect such a trail to be either very badly maintained, or consisting of the curb of some congested national road. In the latter case you would be literally risking your life as a pedestrian or a biker.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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As someone who cycles in Toronto very regularly, I feel that I am risking my life sometimes.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/malkin50

A footpath through the Baltic Sea?! How cool is that?!

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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A footpath through the Baltic Sea would be amazing (if waves, storms, and rising sea levels weren't a problem for its usability). I think the lines drawn there are ferries, through.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zuquita

Just last May/June I walked the Camino de Santiago, the red trail that goes across northern Spain. I was headed west, and ended up in the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela. If you look closely, you can see that three trails converge there. It's an ancient pilgrimage destination (which I suspect many of these routes are), though these days many do it for secular not spiritual reasons. Had a terrific trip, incredible scenery, and it was a way to experience Spain like no other. Amazing camaraderie along the trail. See the movie with Martin Sheen called 'The Way' for a portrayal of it and a nice sample of the scenery. Yes, it helps to be prepared physically, and to have adequate gear, footwear, a decent pack and so forth. Not too expensive if you stay in the guesthouses along the way at about 10-15 euros for a bunk. Speaking some Spanish certainly helps, too. :) Really a great experience and made me want to do more.

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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Many years ago, in Le Puy en Velay, I met a youngish Brit chap in the English pub there, the King's Head, who said he was on his way back from the Camino. He could have been lying but he had a suitably travel-weary look to him and was carrying his clothes and journal in a wickerwork backpack lined with oilskin. He said he wanted to replicate as far as possible the experience of one of the medieval pilgrims of the poorer class, who would have had it pretty rough. He also said he had started at Mont St Michel, walked down through central France to Le Puy and then picked up the standard route across to Santiago de Compostela, and was heading back to Chartres where he planned to finish.

In the cathedral at Le Puy there is an early morning service of blessing for any pilgrim who wants a blessing before setting out. I think it was done a couple of times a week when I visited, but it may be more frequent now as the Camino has surged in popularity in the past few decades.

I must admit, the idea of doing the Camino on horseback does appeal to me.

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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Wow, that sounds like an amazing trip.

August 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zuquita

It was. :)

This website is a great resource for anyone interested in how to make it happen: https://www.caminodesantiago.me/

August 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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Perfect, thank you so much!

August 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Quebec_Maple

Wow! I had no idea that this was a thing! Very cool.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/luke_shears
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I would love to run/walk/cycle from Nord Kapp in Norway to ❤❤❤❤❤ Tarifa in Spain as I would be crossing Europe's two extremes.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

If these are also biking paths or there are biking paths, I know where I'm going.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/turbofred
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Thanks for the map. The prospect of travelling through Europe on foot sounds very intriguing. I'm quite tempted. However, the thing I'm quite worried about is the logistics of such a trip. You know, where to sleep, where to wash/buy clothes... any ideas how these things really work on a long-distance trip?

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LittleCatz

A lot of European countries have "Freedom to Roam" laws, which state that it's legal to camp on almost any property, including private property, as long as you're nice and don't make a mess or destroy things or steal, etc. Just bring along a sleeping bag and a tent!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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Fantastic link, thanks for sharing!

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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I read about what some people said on Reddit and someone who is doing one of these trails around Spain said that there are hostels every 5-7 km along the path. He says most are rooms full of bunk beds, and you need earplugs because people snore.

As for the price of the rooms, he said he's been paying 5-10 euros per night, but he's met people who have payed a less.

August 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ElFFELTOWER

There is a man who is going to walk through Africa next year.

August 28, 2015
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