Our Appalachian Connection

The Appalachian Mountains are located on the eastern side of the USA stretching in a south-west to north-east line, roughly parallel to but inland from the east coast.  Along its length runs the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, enabling you to explore on foot from Georgia in the south to Maine on the Canadian border.

But the mountains don’t stop there.  They extend into Canada and on the other side of the Cabot Strait, continue in Newfoundland.  In 1994 the International Appalachian Trail was proposed to enable hikers to continue through the Canadian part of the mountains.

But it doesn’t end there either.  In 2009 it was proposed to extend the trail into the Appalachian-type terrain in the British Isles.  In April 2010, Greenland was added to the route and then in June 2010, the previously existing West Highland Way, between Fort William and Glasgow, became part of the International Appalachian Trail.

Since then, the network has expanded through Europe and into North Africa, often utilising pre-existing trails.  In the British Isles you can now join the route across the northern part of the island of Ireland, around the Welsh Coast Path or along England’s Pennine Way.  Numerous other trails have joined the network too. 

So, no need to go to the Appalachians for Appalachian-type terrain.  And in Britain you don’t need to watch out for bears either!