E8

Description

    E8
  1. Name E8 (E8)
  2. Length of trail 4,390 km, 2,728 miles
  3. Length in days 220 days
  4. Start of trail Dorsey Head (Irl)
  5. End of trail Rhodopen (Bg)
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

E8, NetherlandsE8: Dorsey Head (Irl) - Rhodopen(Bg), 4390 km

Irish Sea – Rhein – Main – Donau – Karpaten – Rhodopen

For 4390km this trail will lead you from the Atlantic coast of Ireland eastward, across the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland, where you will come to an abrupt halt on the Beskid Pass which is the Ukrainian border. Follows a gap in the trail: the portion through Ukraine and Romania and the first stretch in Bulgaria is non-existent. You can then continue again on the last 400km stretch through Bulgaria's Rhodope range to Mezek near the Turkish border.

As with all European long distance paths, the waymarking reveals the different national policies. This is Europe! And this is the best reason to love the continent!! Anyway, in Ireland, England and Holland the trail is made up of existing, well documented, and very good waymarked trails. Germany offers a mixed deal: the E8 partly uses some existing long distance trails, but mostly local paths. Austria again has a wide network of trails, also accommodating the E8. In Eastern Europe, local paths and roads are used, and generally the waymarking is very good, but often you have to knit the color schemes together yourself. Unfortunately, in Ukraine and Romania hiking facilities are largely extinct. In Bulgaria however, some good waymarking has been done.

Well, let's put things together now. This is the complete string of trails making up your complete E8-hike:

Ireland (620 km)

  • Dursey Head, start
  • Beara Way, Dursey Head - Kenmare, 100 km, 5 days
  • Kerry Way, Kenmare - Killarny, 40 km, 2 days
  • Local trail, Killarny - Shrone, few km
  • Blackwater Way, Shrone - Clogheen, 168 km, 10 days
  • East Munster Way, Clogheen - carrick-on-Suir, 75 km, 3 days
  • South Leinster Way, Carrick-on-Suir - Kildavin, 104 km, 5 days
  • Local trail, Kildavin - Clonegal, few km
  • Wicklow Way, Clonegal - Dublin, 129 km, 6 days
  • Ferry Dublin – Liverpool (United Kingdom)

United Kingdom (300 km)

Netherlands (276 km)

Germany (1.500 km)

Austria (500 km)

Slovakia (740 km)

  • Border Austria / Slovakia – Bratislava -  Baba Pass (527 m), hut (33 km)
  • Baba Pass – Chata Brezinky, hut (30 km)
  • Chata Brezinky - Dobrá Voda, village (23 km)
  • Dobrá Voda – Myjava, town (22 km)
  • Myjava - Holubyho chata (950 m), hut (18 km)
  • Holubyho - Nové Mesto nad Váhom, town (29 km)
  • Nové Mesto nad Váhom - chata pod Inovcom (840 m), hut (24 km)
  • chata pod Inovcom – Trenčín, town (19 km)
  • Trenčín - Trenčianske Teplice, spa (13 km)
  • Trenčianske Teplice  - Vápeč (955 m), (27 km), path to Homôlka hut (5 km)
  • Vápeč – Čičmany, village (23 km)
  • Čičmany - Vyšehradské sedlo (579 m), pass (30 km), bus to Nitrianske Pravno (8 km)
  • Vyšehradské sedlo - Kremnické Bane, village (33 km), bus to Kremnice (5 km)
  • Kremnické Bane - Kráľova studňa (1280 m), hotel (30 km)
  • Kráľova studňa – Donovaly, tourist centre (19 km)
  • Donovaly - Zámostská hoľa (1612 m), hut (22 km), path to Magurka (5 km)
  • Zámostská hoľa - Chata gen. M.R. štefánika (1727 m), hut (19 km)
  • M.R. štefánika - Honzovské (1171 m) (17 km), path to Dobšinskej hotel (4 km)
  • Honzovské – Skalisko (1293 m), hut (31 km)
  • Skalisko - Štós-kúpele, spa (28 km)
  • Štós-kúpele - Jahodná chata, hut (31 km)
  • Jahodná – Košice, town (10 km)
  • Košice  - Kysak, village (19 km)
  • Kysak – Cemjata, village (22 km), path to Prešova (6 km)
  • Cemjata - sedlo Čergov (917 m), hut (29 km)
  • sedlo Čergov – Bardejov, town (22 km)
  • Bardejov – Zborov, village (17 km)
  • Zborov – Svidník. town (31 km)
  • Svidník - Dukliansky priesmyk (502 m), pass, border Slovakia / Poland (26 km)
  • Last village in Slovakia is Vyšný Komárnik - Dukliansky Priesmyk

VKÚ maps

127 Malé Karpaty-Bratislava
128 Malé Karpaty-Záruby
129 Malé Karpaty-Bradlo
130 Považský Inovec-Piešťany
107 Biele Karpaty-Trenčín
119 Strážovské vrchy-Trenčianske Teplice
131 Vtáčnik-Horná Nitra
120 Malá Fatra-Martinské hole
132 Kremnické vrchy

121 Veľká Fatra
122 Nízke Tatry-Chopok
123 Nízke Tatry-Kráľova hoľa
124 Slovenský raj
125 Volovské vrchy-Krompachy
136 Volovské vrchy-Košice
115 Šarišská vrchovina-Branisko
104 Čergov
105 Ondavská vrchovina-Bardejov
106 Laborecká vrchovina-Dukla

Poland (195 km)

  • First village in Poland is Barwinek near Dukla, border Slovakia
  • Barwinek – Dukla, connecting trail (yellow), 20 km, 1 day
  • Beskids Trail / Główny Szlak Beskidzki, from Chyrowa to Wołosate, 171 km, 10 days
  • Wołosate to border Ukraine, 3 km. Here, the trail and markings end
  • Last village in Poland is Wołosate

Ukraine

  • First village in Ukraina is Lubnya
  • Trail is non-existent

Romania

  • Non-existent

Bulgaria (400 km)

  • First part non-existent
  • Start of current trail in Borovec, small town 80 km from Sofia in Rila Mountains, waymarked
  • Svilengrad near Greece / Turkey, finish

Turkey?

  • Currently no trail
  • Istanbul, future finish?
Select some tracks
(no name), 3.2km
.European long distance path E8 - part Ireland, 605km
European long distance path E8 - part Great Britain, 12km
.Trans-Pennine Trail (Liverpool to Warrington), 30km
.Trans Pennine Trail (Warrington to Ashton-upon-Mersey), 20km
.Trans Pennine Trail (Ashton-upon-Mersey to Stockport), 21km
.Trans-Pennine Trail (Stockport to Silkstone Common), 58km
.Trans Pennine Trail (Silkstone Common to Wombwell), 12km
.Trans Pennine Trail (Wombwell to Selby), 74km
.Trans Pennine Trail (Selby to Hull), 73km
European long distance path E8 - part Netherlands
Grote Rivierenpad - Hoofdroute
.Grote Rivierenpad - 01, 23km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 02, 18km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 03, 15km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 04, 18km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 05, 16km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 06, 14km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 07, 22km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 08, 19km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 09, 12km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 10, 22km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 11, 20km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 12, 21km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 13, 23km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 14, 22km
.Grote Rivierenpad - 15, 17km
Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Deutschland
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 442km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Odenwald West, 27km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Odenwald Ost, 23km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Baden-Württemberg, 286km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Fränkischer Albverein, 182km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Bayerischer Wald-Verein, 263km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8 Südvariante Speyer - Dinkelsbühl, 37km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8 - Österreich, 506km
.European long distance path E8 - part Czech Republic, 24km
.European long distance path E8 - part Slovakia, 751km
.European long distance path E8 - part Poland, 172km
.European long distance path E8 - part Romania, 1362km
.European long distance path E8 - part Bulgaria, 429km
Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Alternative), 2.6km
Europäischer Fernwanderweg E8, Odenwald
E8 - Ermsdorf, 6.2km
Eijsden-Margraten E8 Bloesemroute 3, 14km
Rundwanderweg Erbach 8, 7.9km

Map

Map European Long Distance Trail E8

Map European Long Distance Trail E8

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik Domino Map
  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from just west of the Uzana massif, the geographical centre of Bulgaria, eastwards to... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 2 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from just west of the Uzana massif, the geographical centre of Bulgaria, eastwards to... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rila Mountains Domino
  • Rila Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 50m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for scree, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and pine scrub and forests. An... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pirin Mountains Domino
  • Pirin Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 40m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for sandstone stacks, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and different types of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strandzha Mountains: Burgas to the Turkish Border Domino Map
  • Strandzha Mountains in the south-eastern corner of Bulgaria between Burgas to the Turkish border on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Domino showing local hiking trails and highlighting various interesting sites, with three more detailed enlargements at 1:25,000. Most place names are in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabet; map legend... Read more
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