Special Quality Certification for Walking Trails.
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Walking is very popular. All over Europe more and more people tie their boot laces during their holidays and leisure time, and discover a variety of natural beauties on foot.
The special quality certificate of "Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe" offers a transparent system of criteria for the improvement of trail quality throughout Europe.
The use of the criteria system "Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe" renders the attractiveness of routes measurable and guarantees a high quality walking experience.
Such a system has to capture the complexity of different landscapes, infrastructures and route character in comparable dimensions. To allow for the variety and uniqueness of the landscapes and walking routes in the different regions of Europe, the criteria system has been constructed with maximum flexibility. It uses the years of practical experience in countries that already use quality criteria to plan and upgrade walking trails.
The rating/grading as "Leading Quality Trails- Best of Europe" is an award as well as a transparent method to optimise the overall route infrastructure. The criteria can be used as a checklist and help countries that have to build up their walking route network. In countries that already have a functioning route network, such a system can strengthen walking tourism further.
The logo "Leading Quality Trails- Best of Europe" is used on national as well as international trails. Certification is only available for complete trails. Prerequisite is a distance of at least 50km with three daily stages. Exceptions to the rule are the European Long Distance routes. They can be certified in part, as long as the minimum length is given.