E8 European long distance path

The E8 European long distance path or E8 path is one of the European long-distance paths, leading 4,700 km (2,920 miles) across Europe, from Cork in Ireland to Bulgaria.

Map of the European Long Distance Path E8
The European walking route E8


After Ireland it crosses the Irish Sea into the United Kingdom, where it follows part of the Trans Pennine Trail. After crossing the North Sea, it passes through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine and Romania. It finally crosses Bulgaria before reaching the border to Turkey.


It was the first European long distance path to be designated, and opened, in the UK. The section was opened in 1996.

Some of the eastern sections of the route are yet to be finalised.

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Coordinates: 48°54′23″N 19°52′10″E / 48.90639°N 19.86944°E

Bingen Forest

The Bingen Forest (German: Binger Wald) is part of the Hunsrück, a low mountain range in the Central Uplands of Germany. It is up to 638.6 m above sea level (NN) and is located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.


The Büchelstein is a mountain, 832 m above sea level (NN) high, in the southern Bavarian Forest near the higher peak of the Brotjacklriegel.

Its forested slopes rise above the bowl of the Lallinger Winkel in the east and the village of Grattersdorf to the north. Just below the highest point is a lookout rock with a large summit cross and wide panoramas over parts of Lower Bavaria. In föhn conditions in autumn even the northern chain of the Alps may be seen from the Dachstein to the Zugspitze. In addition there is a starting point here for hang gliders, that take off in suitable right thermal conditions. Several very short paths lead to the Büchelstein from Grattersdorf, Kerschbaum or Langfurth and the E8 European long distance path passes close to the lookout rocks.

The Büchelstein may have given its name to the local dish known as Pichelsteiner Eintopf. On 17 June 1839, on the initiative of the Grafenau Landrichter, Jakob Strelin, the first Büchelstein Festival (Büchelsteiner Fest) was celebrated. It later moved to Grattersdorf.

Dursey Island

Dursey Island (Irish: Baoi Bhéarra or Oileán Baoi) lies at the southwestern tip of the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork in Ireland. Dursey Island is 6.5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide. The island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water, Dursey Sound, which has a very strong tidal race, with the submerged Flag Rock close to the centre of the channel. The island has just six or so permanent residents, and is connected to the mainland by Ireland's only cable car. Dursey has no shops, pubs or restaurants. At one point there was a post office on the island; this has now closed

Eastern Beskyds

The Eastern Beskids or Eastern Beskyds (Ukrainian: Східні Бескиди; Polish: Beskidy Wschodnie; Rusyn: Выходны Бескиды; Romanian: Beskizii Orientali; Russian: Восточные Бескиды) are a geological group of mountain ranges of the Beskids, within the Outer Eastern Carpathians. As a continuation of the Central Beskids, this mountain range includes the far southeastern corer of Poland, the far eastern corner of Slovakia, and stretches southward through western parts of Ukraine, up to the border of Romania.In Polish and Ukrainian terminology, the range is commonly called the "Eastern Beskids" (Ukrainian: Східні Бескиди; Polish: Beskidy Wschodnie), while in Slovakia, the term Meadowed Mountains (Slovak: Poloniny) is also used. The scope of those terms varies in accordance to different traditions and classifications.

At the three-way border, portions of the Slovak Bukovec Mountains (Slovak: Bukovské vrchy), the Polish Bieszczady Mountains (Polish: Bieszczady Zachodnie), and the adjacent "Uzhansky National Nature Park" and Nadsiansky Regional Landscape Park in Ukraine form the transnational East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve.


The Gallner (Gallner Berg:710 m) is a mountain ridge near Konzell in the Bavarian Forest that runs from west to east between the valley of the Kinsach in the west and the Menach valley. The E8 European long distance path runs over it.

Hochspeyer station

Hochspeyer station – originally officially Neuhochspeyer or Neu-Hochspeyer – is the station of the town of Hochspeyer in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Deutsche Bahn classifies it as belonging to category 4 and it has four platform tracks. The station is located in the network of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (Rhine-Neckar transport association, VRN) and belongs to fare zone 100. Its address is Bahnhofstraße 1.It is located on the Mannheim–Saarbrücken railway, which essentially consists of the Palatine Ludwig Railway (Pfälzische Ludwigsbahn, Ludwigshafen–Bexbach). It became a junction station on 29 October 1870, with the opening of the Alsenz Valley Railway (Alsenztalbahn) to Winnweiler; half a year later this line was extended to Bad Münster. The importance of this line, however, fell with the opening of Kaiserslautern–Enkenbach railway a few years later. Since December 2003, it has also been a stop for lines S1 and S2 of the Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn.

Longdendale Trail

The Longdendale Trail is an English long-distance trail following the former Woodhead railway line, which used to run between Manchester and Sheffield (and closed east of Hadfield in 1981). It has shallow gradients and a smooth surface that makes it popular with families and cyclists.

The Trail, which opened in May 1992, forms part of the longer Trans Pennine Trail, NCR 62, that runs from coast to coast across the UK (Liverpool to Hull). This in turn is part of the E8 European long distance path, which runs for 4,700 kilometres (2,900 mi) from Cork in Ireland to Istanbul in Turkey.

Sonnenberg (Eifel)

The Sonnenberg, near Heimbach in the county of Düren in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a hill, 393.3 m above sea level (NHN), in the Rur Eifel, a northern part of the Eifel mountains in Germany.

Walking routes in the Palatine Forest

Walking routes in the Palatine Forest fall into two categories. The first are longer walking routes, most of which are maintained by the Palatine Forest Club (German: Pfälzerwald-Verein), or PWV, and which are linked to the national and international network of long distance paths. The second category are those local circular walks and themed walking routes, some of which are of wider regional importance, and which are maintained by municipal authorities. The Palatine Forest, as part of the Palatine Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve, is an important conservation area. As a result, the Palatine Forest, the bunter sandstone landscape of the Palatine Forest Nature Park, the castles in the Dahner Felsenland and the cross-border paths into Alsace and the Vosges make the region particularly popular with ramblers and walkers.

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