We all know there are still enough walks to complete in the UK to keep us occupied for several lifetimes, but what is available if you want to spread your wings a little. Here are a couple of ideas if you fancy getting into Europe this summer.

One of the best known pilgrimage walks in Europe is The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St James. Beginning at a variety of points across Europe they all lead to one place, Santiago de Compostela in Spain. One of the most popular routes is the Camino Frances, beginning in St-Jean-de-Port in France. To walk the entire route, all 780km takes around a month, but the route is well covered with places to stay and would make an amazing route.

For those who want something a little more civilized then head for the Alsace Wine Trail. This French route gives you the opportunity to wander through the Rue de Vin, mixing walking and wine. The whole route takes between four and five days, depending on the amount of wine sampled, and is well signposted. Taking you through Bergheim, Turckhelm, Riquewihr and Kaysersberg at a leisurely 17km a day this is a very relaxing walk indeed.

On the island of Crete, there are a variety of day long routes that will take you through necropolises, olive groves and offer both coastal paths and hill treks. Based in Kastelli Kissamos in the north-west of the island the one walk not to miss is the beautiful Sirkari Gorge. The walks offer choices for all abilities, but be aware of the high summer temperatures.

Nearer to home are the Kerry Hills of Ireland, with atmospheric hills full of mist and rain, eerie but wet. Most of the hills in this area offer what could be considered straightforward ascents but you will require good mountain walking skills if you are going to attempt the ridge line of MacGillycuddys Reeks. A long weekend or a fortnight, both are too short as you won’t want to leave.

On the other side of the North Sea lies Norway, and if you have always fancied a trip to the Rockies, then here is something as good and is a lot closer. The Jotunheimen National Park is a sub-artic wilderness with trails that will take you up and around glaciated peaks, including the highest in the country, Galdhoppigen. Just watch out for trolls.

So I hope this has given you a couple of ideas for future trips. All you need to do is to make sure you have the right equipment for the trip, whether it’s a full set from top to tail or just new socks you know where to find the best value for money, right here at Outdoor Look.