Take the Long Road
I once read a story about an author who hiked the Inca Trail in Peru. He said his guide stopped his group along the trail and told them they could take one trail and reach Machu Picchu in just six hours. The other route would go along the Inca Trail, the same way ancient pilgrimages would have been taken. And it would take four days.
Their guide told them the emperor used to make newcomers take the long route because, "the more painful the journey to Machu Picchu, the more the traveler would appreciate the city, once he got there." Needless to say, they took the long route.
Don't skimp on your walking adventure. It might be a little painful at times. And it might be a little uncomfortable. But that's why you're there. You're there to experience everything that's around you and to see something amazing. So do it. Take the long route and don't look back.