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Author meltwaterfalls
#1 | Posted: 17 Sep 2008 08:56 
Just wondering if the Cliff of Bandiagara should be included on this one?

Perhaps straying into dodgy teritory, but in the south of England there is the South West Coasal Path which runs along the Devon and Dorset coastline and also includes sites on the Cornish Mining inscription.Details here.
Canterbury is also on the Pilgrims way and the North Downs Way.

I would guess this may start to get a little silly if we include them as a huge amount of sites will be on some sort of walking route, and I think there is a fair bit of differnce between a walk and a trek.

Anyway I still think Cliff of Bandiagara is worth consideration.

Author elsslots
#2 | Posted: 18 Sep 2008 01:08 
We're talking multi-day treks here, which require some stamina (without having to be a climbing professional) and are known among tourists as good to do "for the experience".

And they have to be completed ON FOOT. So I'm discarding suggestions like Russia's Golden Ring and Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle Trail.

I'm a little in doubt about the Cliff of Bandiagara: it certainly is multi-day and popular, but not really a trek you do for the hiking aspect. It's just the only way these villages can be visited.

Author Solivagant
#3 | Posted: 18 Sep 2008 04:38 | Edited by: Solivagant 
When I suggested this connection I did consider Bandiagara but left it out on a"judgement call". Main reasons against - It isn't a trek with a standard route (or routes) or final "walking" objective (which could be in the form of to "reach A" or "circle B").
Els mentions that it isn't a trek you do for the "walking aspect" but then I suppose neither are The Routes of S de C! I wouldn't argue against its inclusion given its popularity (whatever "it" is)

The SW coastal path actually seems to hit more of the right buttons. It IS a walk with a specific "name" and a defined start/finish. A potential problem is that many countries are building up a portfolio of "long distance paths" - in Europe there are even transboundary paths with "E" numbers crisscrossing the continent
and in France of course the Grandes Randonees! This site has a worldwide list
So where do we stop- Just the "E routes" are likely to go through vast numbers of WHS. I feel that the path needs to be of a size which is likely to be done "in full" by people (OK there is probably someone who at this very instant is nearing a completion of all the E routes -there are always such exceptions (I understand that there are even people who collect WHS sites!) but that would not be the norm unlike eg The Inca Trail.

So, among the selection criteria I would add the following for consideration.
a. A specific name
b. Defined route or routes
c. Often/normally done in total

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