South Downs Way – Walker’s snacks, accommodation and the Telscombe Youth Hostel

We were on the South Downs Way, one of England’s fine walking paths and staying at the Frog Firle Youth Hostel. For an interesting description of this youth hostel see the article: South Downs Way – Frogs and White Horses Breakfast with youth hostellers Alan and Jane. Alan mentioned that he made … [Read more...]

Welsh Castles: Carreg Cennen Castle

December 27, Wales. It was getting cold. I was staying with Jerry, a friend from Ammanford in  Wales. We had placed a thermometer outside overnight and this morning it gave a conservative reading of 0°C. Apparently it had dropped to -8°C overnight. Needless to say much of the outdoors was … [Read more...]

Torres del Paine – the "W" walk

The Famous Torres del paineOccasionally I like to include other world walks to give you a perspective. So here's our article on the famous Patagonian walk - the "W". We were at Refugio Chileno in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, Patagonia.    The weather looked great. Mike, Matt and Liz got … [Read more...]

Robin Hood’s Bay – destination for Coast to Coast Walkers

Final Destination for the Coast to Coast Walk: We woke to a cold morning. This was to be our final day of walking. We enjoyed our last English breakfast, ate the boiled eggs with lots of tasty homemade wholemeal bread, a variety of local jams, and finished with hot tea. Outside the weather … [Read more...]

Offa’s Dyke – walking on the Dyke (760AD) to Discoed

We had been walking for half the day and were enjoying the Welsh countryside enormously. Next was Burfa Bank Forestry Plantations and of course, another hill to climb. I had the feeling that we were out in the middle of nowhere, with the last farms far behind us. I guess it was the accumulation of … [Read more...]

London: Step by Step – Old Curiosity Shop

  Walking around an ancient capital city like London is a pleasure. As well as enjoying the sights, smells and sounds, you still have to have your wits about you. And be ready to take in the enormous amount of history around you. The weather was perfect for walking. No rain and intermittent … [Read more...]

The oldest Hotel in Scotland – and it’s on the West Highland Way

Bridge of Orchy- Kings House Hotel (21.5 km)  - Glencoe, Argyll We were staying at a B&B near the village of Bridge of Orchy. The overnight rain had brought about an overcast morning. It was time to pay for dinner and order lunch. Dinner turned out to be £10 each instead of £9 and a packed … [Read more...]

Offa’s Dyke – Gladestry –Kington with the highest golf course in Britain

Overnighted at at B&B at Gladestry on the historic Anglo-Welsh border. A good breakfast in the dining room and an extra slice of cake for good measure. It was going to be a long walk today. A blustery wind forecast for today. We followed the road down to Gladestry and walked through the quiet … [Read more...]

Via Francigena – Siena and Saint Catherine

We had happened to be in Siena on the day of the Palio, a fiercely competitive horserace. After visiting Il Campo where preparations were being made for the race later in the day, we found ourselves back at the piazza in front of the Duomo where the procession of the Contrades, representatives of … [Read more...]

Via Francigena – Montefiascone and a legend

We were on the Via francigena and had arrived in the small Italian city of Montefiascone, built on an old volcanic ridge, a wonderful place to rest after the walk from Bolsena. We walked up the main road to a secondary winding road that led to the very top of the volcanic rim and to the remains of … [Read more...]