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Walk this way: Europe's great walking holidays - from the Camino to the Wild Atlantic Way

Craving a good hike and a taste of the great outdoors after lockdown? Jim Murty reflects on Europe's best walks, and why a simple stroll can mean so much

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Hiking boots and stone on the stone signal, Symbol of the way of St. James

Hiking boots and stone on the stone signal, Symbol of the way of St. James

Via Francigena

Via Francigena

Zugspitze Glacier

Zugspitze Glacier

Jim Murty

Jim Murty

The Teide Volcano

The Teide Volcano

Finisterre Camino

Finisterre Camino

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Hiking boots and stone on the stone signal, Symbol of the way of St. James

A sole bagpiper played a lament on the lighthouse rock. What else would you expect at the end of the world? At his feet was a tapestry of Celtic nation flags… Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Manx, Cornish, Breton, and his native Galician.

We were walkers, peregrinos (the Spanish word for pilgrims) - gluttons for punishment that had not only undertaken a Camino to Santiago de Compostela, but carried on walking from there.

A marathon 770.9km pilgrimage from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France hadn't been enough. We'd felt it necessary to attach an extra 122kms west to Fisterra/Finis Terrae ('the end of the world'). That was where we gathered to listen to the piper's music, by the rock above the village on Cape Finisterre in north-western Spain.