It's official. Jeju Olle's 11th section in South Korea is now twinned with the Lycian Way's 17th section as part of the International Friendship Trail Program! This video celebrates the highlights of our respective trails.

New Friendship Trail

A Short Walk on a Long Trail
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Road to Konya-my Piligrimage
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Who are we?

Who are we?

ornament1We are a small Turkish not-for-profit society. Our members make and maintain long distance walking, biking and horse-riding routes. The society protects old roads, markets Turkish culture routes and helps villagers along the routes benefit from them.

Committee and Members

ornament1Our committee includes the creators of the finest walking routes in Turkey. Our members include trekking guides, travel agencies, accommodation providers, archaeologists, historians, nature-lovers and people interested in Turkish village culture.

Products and Services

ornament1To help you use our routes, we produce and sell guide-books, maps and iphone apps. We also list all our member agencies tours on the site (see tours) and will advise you about your adventure by mail, by phone or at our drop-in centre in Antalya .

Practical Ways to Help

ornament1The society relies on help from enthusiastic volunteers either with individual projects or in our office. Read more about our how you can help. If you like our work and want to contribute, you can become a member or make a donation.

Upcoming Events

What's new?

Lycian Way Patara-Kas Walking along the Lycia way – part of it – was a sort of last minute decision. We had thought about it when planning our Turkey trip but dismissed it as it would have involved lot of domestic travel and would take days away from other things. But true to our nature…

Useful source of info on boots for all occasions, plus other camping and trekking gear. You could read before you buy and pick up some useful tips. Boots have changed so much over the years – I used to wear really heavy boots like these here, but as my feet toughened up I switched to…

Members of the Culture Routes Society will soon start work in Van and Bitlis on a new project – an Urartu Cultural Route which will encircle Lake Van. The team will have a first meeting there next week with the mayors and officials of the area. During this part of the project, in summer 2017,…

The Interim Evaluation Meeting, which aimed at evaluating the plans produced by the associate organisations and local leaders and informing other national and local stakeholders involved, took place in Egirdir, Isparta on 04-05 August 2016. Although paticipation from local administrations was less than expected due to the ongoing state of emergency declared in July 2016…

As part of the Europe to Turkey on Foot project funded by the Civil Society Dialogue program a group of 8 representatives from the Culture Routes Society and its associates visited the Via Francigena between 23.05.2016-28.05.2016. The participants were Kate CLOW and Hüseyin ERYURT (CULTURE ROUTES SOCIETY), Ensar MACİT and Önder KILIÇ (İNEGÖL MUNICIPALITY – EVLİYA ÇELEBİ WAY), Süleyman ATEŞ…

This is Yann Rochard’s story of his walk of the whole of the Lycian Way in autumn 2015. It’s a 15-page detailed description with photos that you can download as a .pdf file and take with you to enjoy as you explore. You can also use it as a guide to the pensions he stayed in. Download…

  The photo above is of a group of Turkish trekkers from İzmir, who are planning to walk the whole route. Kate (turquoise t shirt) met them above Kabak Bay. On 17th April, the Antalya Conservation Commission called a meeting at which the route of the Lycian Way, its extension by the addition of several new routes and…

  This is the story of a group walk organised by Andrew of EWP, who led a group from Şahin Tepe, above Finike, north across Avlancıgeçiti and down a river valley to Alacadağ village. The intention is to make a link to Gökbük and from there to Arycanda. The group took a minibus from Kumluca to…