The Great Walks April-May issue is out now! It's our Camino special where we look at everything to do with the world's best pilgrim trails.
We interview Aussie pilgrims who have collectively walked thousands of kilometres on some of the world's great Caminos - and their advice is invaluable for anyone contemplating taking on one of these classic long-distance walks.
"I made the decision to do the Camino on my own, so I left my husband and three boys back in Tasmania and flew solo to Europe," Leanne Prichard told Great Walks. "My focus was really on finding time and space for myself. What I didn’t realise was that the greatest blessing and gift that the Camino would give me was the friendship and support of other pilgrims from across the world."
Camino walks in the mag include the Way of St James, Japan's 88 Temples Walk, the Trans Bhutan Trail and two pilgrim walks right here in Australia - the Aussie Way and the Camino Salvado.
We also show you some of the best gear to take on a Camino and interview a man who struggled with depression much of his life and found solace in making bespoke walking sticks.
"When I’m having a rough day and I'm struggling with stress, anxiety and depression, I head to my little shed and create things,” David Roberts told Great Walks. "I don’t have a plan or an idea I just let the materials talk to me and after a few hours I end up with a piece of art that I created from nothing. Making these walking sticks lifts my mood and I have a sense of accomplishment and pride. Having these positive feelings has helped me to fight through some of the darkest moods I’ve ever had."
Besides our Camino special we explore Tassie's rugged South West Cape, the beautiful Barrington Tops in NSW, NT’s iconic Larapinta Trail and WA's mighty Mount Augustus, the world's largest rock.
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