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001 Refuge de Larribet (2072m) in the Central Pyrenees

Feature · 28 Apr 2019

Writing a guidebook in a mountain hut on the Pyrenean Haute Route

I wasn’t even planning to stop at the Larribet mountain hut, but on an early July morning in 2014, mist came in and reduced my view. Eventually, I got into trouble and needed help. This is the story of how I got to know one specific mountain hut and its wardens very well. Until then, I hardly ever stayed at mountain huts and I didn’t realise that the events that unfolded would change my...

Banner Pico De Fogo Volcano On Fogo Island

Feature · 10 Apr 2019

Walking in the Cape Verde islands

Sitting in the Atlantic, 600km from the west African coast, the 10 islands that make up the tiny country of Cape Verde offer an interesting variety of options for walkers. Mike Wells spent two weeks visiting six of these islands, walking up volcanic craters, along dizzying coastal paths, through deep gorges and across sandy deserts.

North Japan Alps

Feature · 7 Apr 2019

Trekking down the spine of the North Japan Alps

Early last summer Tom Fay headed to the Northern Japan Alps to do some final research for the Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji guidebook. This is where the trails took him.

Running on Pen-y-ghent’s southern slopes (photo: Alice Ellwood)

Article · 30 Mar 2019

How do you decide on your favourite run?

Everyone has a favourite run, right? And surely that question is easy to answer for Pete Ellwood, who has just written a running guide, Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales. Actually, it’s not.

Pulsatilla anemones

Article · 27 Mar 2019

Spring flower walks in the Haute Savoie

A visit to the mountains of the Haute Savoie is always an enjoyable experience, but is especially so in spring and early summer if you are a lover of alpine flowers, says Pamela Harris.

Traversing

Article · 23 Mar 2019

Above the waves: via ferrata in Catalunya

Following a via ferrata (iron path) is a popular activity in some mountain regions, and Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig tried two in Catalunya during their walking holiday. Although equipped with all the necessary safety equipment, nothing could prepare them for the danger of an angry seagull.

Mt Ossa's summit plateau

Feature · 17 Mar 2019

Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania

Living in Melbourne has given Rob Houghton ample opportunity to visit his favourite state: Tasmania. At the start of the year he and his wife, Jess, set off on one of the island’s iconic hikes.

009  Part of the Promenthouse Line, also known as the Toblerone Trail

Feature · 10 Mar 2019

War Walks on the Swiss Jura Crest Trail

The Jura Crest Trail is the perfect starting point for exploring Swiss escape routes and World War II historical locations. Ali Rowsell describes some of the highlights.

Limestone Way in Derbyshire

Feature · 23 Feb 2019

Has England's trail system lost its way?

In little more than half a century Britain has developed a remarkable long-distance trail network that now numbers around 1500 paths and ways of all description. Like Scotland's 29 Great Trails, the 15 National Trails in England and Wales are held up as the gold standard, but how did these routes come about, where do they go and what does their future look like? Andrew McCloy recounts the story...

1 Strathcarron

Article · 20 Feb 2019

The Great Outdoors Challenge: Prep and planning

Peter Aylmer prepares for the annual event that stretches coast-to-coast across the Scottish Highlands, where one of the first challenges is to make it into the ballot. Here he shares his preparation and planning process for his hard-won place on the TGO Challenge 2019.

Purple heather moorlands give way to green fields and the coast

Feature · 16 Feb 2019

North York Moors – now available in purple

The North York Moors offer a huge variety of walks and landscapes to explore, most notably its famous purple heather moorland, as Paddy Dillon describes.

Looking past the village of Tejeda from Monte Constantino

Feature · 10 Feb 2019

A winter camino... On Gran Canaria

After finding the summer heat insufferable on his first trip along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Paddy Dillon decided to try a cooler alternative on Gran Canaria.

Mike Wells Event Poster 2018 1

News & Events · 30 Jan 2019

Cycling the Camino event with Mike Wells

Cycling the Camino de Santiago is an experience enjoyed by over 21,000 riders each year from all corners of the world. Join Mike for his illustrated talk as he takes you through northern Spain, covering the essentials of logistics and fascinating highlights of this journey.

Cube Stereo Hybrid Pro at a cairn on Cam High Road during our Pennine Bridleway ride.

Feature · 19 Jan 2019

E-bikes: Innovative, fun and controversial

The mountain bike world loves its trends: 29-ers, 650b, 1x transmission and fat-bikes have all stirred the pot in recent years. But Jon Sparks doesn’t think any innovation has stirred up as much talk – and controversy – as e-bikes.

 Chatel

Feature · 29 Dec 2018

Snowshoeing in the Swiss Jura: a perfect weekend winter wonderland

Not far from Geneva, the opportunities for snowshoeing in the Jura mountains of Switzerland are superb. Accessible even for a weekend of winter walking, these mountains can be reached by train via L’Isle, and boast superb views and great food too.

We explored the ruins; walked among the crumbling walls

Article · 23 Dec 2018

A forgotten castle in Northern Cyprus

While exploring the trails in Northern Cyprus, a forgotten castle in the Kyrenia Range grabbed the attention of Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig, and a narrow trail begged to be explored.

The Uig Hills seen from Ardroil

Feature · 19 Dec 2018

Helicopter Rescue in the Hebrides

A routine walk on the Isle of Lewis turned into a terrifying experience for Peter Edwards and some visiting friends when one of them fell 200ft off a cliff. It could have been a fatal accident, but for the commitment and bravery of the emergency services.

15 Pangong Lake Panorama Made Of 15 A And 15 B

Feature · 16 Dec 2018

Ladakh: beyond the Khardung La

The long-forbidden lands north of the Khardung La were beyond the wildest dreams of Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons when they first met in 1983 in Leh, Ladakh. Now easily accessible, this area, nestling in the shadow of the Himalaya and the Karakoram, hides many startling secrets and is dotted with magical monasteries that reveal a fascinating culture.