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  1. Pauline

    Hiking Walking Easy in Europe

    In the 1990s Chet and Carolee Lipton wrote a brilliant set of books about hiking in Europe: Walking Easy in the Swiss Alps Walking Easy in the Italian Alps Walking Easy in the French Alps Walking Easy in the Austrian Alps In the 2000s these books were updated and combined into two books. New...
  2. Dennis

    Spain Albarracin, one of Spain's most beautiful villages

    Albarracin, Teruel Province, Aragon - one of Spain's most beautiful villages. Location: about 40 kms. West of the City of Teruel Albarracin is always included in travel columns' “top 10” lists. Its designation stems from its location, harmonious architecture and historical significance. We...
  3. Pauline

    South West Exploring the Seaside Town of Lyme Regis

    Lyme Regis, a popular tourist and beach destination in South West England on the Dorset coast, is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site that stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. It is a good base to explore West Dorset and East Devon and it is a fun town to...
  4. Pauline

    Cotswolds Long Distance Trails in the Cotswolds

    Several long distance footpaths run through the Cotswolds. Some of these are part of the National Trails system with trail signs marked with their acorn symbol. Many of the popular walking trails in the Cotswolds will include part of one of these long distance paths. The benefits of walking on...
  5. Pauline

    Cotswolds My Favorite Walks in the Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds is one of the best areas in England for walking and hiking. The public footpaths are plentiful, well signed and well maintained. They range from short, easy walks to longer, vigorous hikes. Note that in most cases Brits don’t use the term hikes or hiking but instead use walks and...
  6. Eleanor

    Isle of Man Impressions of the Isle of Man

    We first visited the Isle of Man in 1997. We'd been talking about visiting for several years so expectations were high and there is always the risk of being disappointed. We took the overnight sailing from Heysham and I'll always remember my first sight of the island around 4.30 on a crystal...
  7. Eleanor

    Yorkshire Haworth, West Yorkshire

    The Brontes and the Railway Children. A hilltop village set above the steep Worth Valley on the edge of the windswept Pennine Moors, you can almost feel the spirit of the Bronte sisters here. The cobbled streets of the old town climb up to the Church and Parsonage at the top of the hill. Below...
  8. Eleanor

    North East Northumberland, God's Own Country - Part 3 (North Tyne Valley)

    The North Tyne is off the main tourist beat and gets few foreign visitors. Many British tourists only manage a day visit. This is a shame as the area warrants a longer stop. There are lots of ideas in this guide to the area There is information about walking trails here. Kielder is also the...
  9. Eleanor

    North East Northumberland, God's Own Country - Part 2 (Hadrian's Wall)

    To many people, Hadrian's Wall IS Northumberland and the main reason most people visit. Hadrian’s Wall is a world heritage site and snakes across some of the most dramatic scenery in England. This map shows the major sites along the wall. There is a footpath along the length of the wall...
  10. Dennis

    Miscellaneous A Geocaching Primer

    What is Geocaching? Geocaching is an electronic treasure hunt. One finds caches at listed GPS co-ordinates. Why Geocache? Many geocaches are in interesting or picturesque places. I would have missed once in a lifetime views had I not hunted geocaches. Most memorable is the panoramic view I was...
  11. Dennis

    Travel Note A Walker's Holiday: Parque Natural Sierras de Cazorla, Segura, y las Villas

    Location: Cazorla is a mountain gateway town about 50 km. southwest of Ubeda, Jaen Province, Andalucia. (37.908375 N, 2.986858 W) The Town: Outdoor activities dominate the the economic life of the own. The Yerda Castle museum exhibits the usual small town pride in local artifacts, household...
  12. Pauline

    Walk1000Miles 2017

    Walking is an important part of traveling in Europe. Walking to the top of hilltowns, walking through narrow streets, walking in the cities, walking in the countryside. Some of us are retired and able to do more travel now that we have more time, and we have to keep ourselves fit to enjoy that...
  13. artnbarb

    Base For Walking In Austria

    Our travel plans for 2018 have morphed once more, and we're now considering a visit to Austria. Because this trip seems to defy all efforts to follow my direction, I'm going to just throw out some ideas here and see what you all think. @Kathy and @jonathan , Pauline tells me you both know...
  14. PatrickLondon

    A week in Madeira, February 2015

    When a friend was offered the free use of someone else's timeshare in Madeira, and asked me along, it would have been churlish to refuse. Madeira's an island of mountains, ravines and rocky inlets, out in the Atlantic between the Canaries and the Azores, with narrow coastal strips that don't...
  15. Pauline

    Article Religious Walking Trails in the UK

    In today's Guardian there was an article about religious trails in the UK (No Religion Required, Britons Lace up their Boots as Pilgrimages Make a Comeback) but I cannot find the article on their website (I read the Daily Edition on my iPad). I am posting this here to remind me to find the link...
  16. Dennis

    The Alt Emporda: More Brava than Costa

    Why the Alt Empordà? After a week in the urban bustle of Barcelona we were ready for open spaces and rural activities. We are walkers and this part of Catalunya, abutting the French border, fits the bill. We chose to stay inland at Palau-Saverdera, a small village about 15kms from Figueres and...
  17. Pauline

    Article - 20 islands good for walking

    Good list of places worldwide to go hiking. I think we will go to the Isle of Wight this summer (it is not far from us). I would also like to go to Guernsey. The Telegraph- 20 incredible islands you must explore on foot, 24 March 2017
  18. Eleanor

    North East Northumberland, God's Own Country - Part 1 (Overview)

    Northumberland is one of England’s hidden secrets. Most people rush through on their way to Scotland. This is a shame as they miss so much. There are glorious empty beaches stretching for miles as well as the largest man made lake and man made forest in the country. Over the years, we have...
  19. PatrickLondon

    Mountain walking in the Austrian Tirol

    About the village and the Tirol For the last few years, I have been joining my brother and sister-in-law on their annual walking holiday in the Austrian Tirol (they’ve been going to the same hotel in the Stubaital, near Innsbruck for the best part of twenty years, and I think visited there for...
  20. Cotswold Way National Trail

    Cotswold Way National Trail

    On the 102 mile Cotswold Way trail, near the mid-way point, looking at the Painswick Valley.