The English Coast to Coast Walk – Classic Walks

Ennerdale Water, at the edge of the Lake District, UK

Coast to Coast: A Classic Walk across the North of England: Britain’s Coast to Coast Walk is one of the best known walks in England. This walking route across the northern part of England takes walkers through three of the country’s most famous and scenic national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales […]

Coast to Coast, UK, Grasmere-Patterdale 1

Grisdale Tarn on Coast to Coast walk

We were on the Coast to Coast walk across northern England and had overnighted at Grasmere in the Lake District. The fifth day: Our fellow breakfasters were an American couple who had walked the Coast to Coast path three years ago. Every year they return to Grasmere for a couple of weeks to indulge their […]

Assisi and St Clare

St Clare in the crypt

A brief detour from the Via Francigena, the 2000 km pilgrim path which joins Canterbury to Rome. We had arrived in Assisi, the home of St Francis, Italy’s patron saint, and checked into St Anthony’s Guest House. St. Anthony’s was well designed for pilgrims and travelers; a coffee machine, white and red wine in the […]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 3

Dove Cottage at Grasmere

We were in the Lake District on the Coast to Coast Walk across England, a 307 km journey. We were visiting Dove Cottage, one of Wordworth’s home. Read on: Around this time the five Wordsworth children were born in the Lake District and the second eldest, William was to leave an indelible mark on English […]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 2

Tiny figures up on the ridge (Lakeland,UK)

We were in the Lake District on the Coast to Coast Walk across England, a 307 km journey. The story continues: After this pleasant interlude at Greenup Edge, there was further to go. The ridge walk continued alongside Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag. From here another surreal view presented itself. Down below were […]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 1

Stone walls near Greenup Gill, Lake District

St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay – To Grasmere Part 1: We had overnighted at the wonderful small village of Stonethwaite in England’s Lake District. This was day four of a seventeen day walk from St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. For any of you who want to […]

The second most visited church in Italy

Basilica di San francesco.

Assisi’s Basilica San Francesco: We had been walking around the fabulous ancient hill-top town of Assisi as part of our journey along the Via Francigena. We followed the cobble-stoned road up to Piazza S. Francesco and entered the Lower Church of the Basilica San Francesco, the numero uno site in Assisi. This basilica ranked as […]

Travel Europe – meet a guidebook writer & Charlie Chaplin

A classic Lake Leman steamer.

Lausanne, Switzerland. On the Via Francigena When on the Via Francigena, there are precious few opportunities that come your way in regards to being ferried about instead of walking. Such an opportunity arose in travelling from Lausanne to Vevey – by ferry. In the morning, with the bright sun beaming in the sky, we walked […]

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

At the cosy 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 bike wheels for […]