Had I had to walk any distance today it would have been in not a little pain and with some difficulty. Yesterday the pad of my left foot had been quite sore and a little swollen and today it’s much worse. I’ve even got a limp! A quick check with Dr Google last night suggests it could be metatarsalgia due to heavy exercise (definitely), poorly fitting footwear (a seam on the side of my boot has actually split) and possibly age related thinning fatty tissues (quite ikely!) Anyway, seems like a good enough reason for new boots.
This is such a magnificent and stimulating walk and one I can highly recommend. It’s not some manicured trail you should undertake lightly though. I was far too ambitious with my original route plan. Combining two of the full walking days proposed in Kate Clow’s book is maybe doable if you’re young, travelling very light and super fit but for most will be make for very, very long hard days. We’ve had plenty of 15 to 20 mile days with 1000 metres of climbing in the UK but on this trail 12 miles per day is more than enough to take on for most. The distances and accumulated ascent don’t characterise the walks properly. You have to take into account the surface conditions and terrain, then factor in the weather and navigational difficulties. Though the trails are very well marked it is all to easy to miss a turning and wander down a game track or other oft used path. So I wouldn’t want to do it without a GPS. At least you’ll always know exactly where you are, even it you can’t see the path which frustratingly may only be less than three metres away but the scrub and rock prevent you from locating it.
So my advice is to build plenty of contingency into your schedule and flex it to suit your progress. This means not booking your accommodation in advice which was fine for us but could cause difficulties during busy periods. The answer to that could be to take a tent and sleeping bad but that’s not for everyone. It also allows more time or sight seeing. There’s no point passing through these historic sites without taking a good look at them.
Some people do camp with very lightweight set ups. Check out this blog from Michele who we met in Gökçeören. He is walking the whole route.
We met several walkers who were doing the whole route which takes about 30 days. I’d say about 50% though were doing 7 to 10 days of walking which most people could manage within their holiday allowance.
We didn’t spend a lot of money. The whole trip apart from our flights cost us about £250 each including proper hotels at the start in Kaş and the end in Fethiye, and transfers to Kaş and our taxi to the airport. The pensions cost us around 300 lira per night including dinner, breakfast and a very simple picnic of bread and cheese. Bottled water was available in all of them too.
So, check this link out and get planning.
There’s also some good information in this link:
Distances 82.5 miles
Ascent 3874 m 12,900 feet (2.5 miles)
Descent 4400 m 14,700 feet (2.8 miles)