Welsh Castles: Carreg Cennen Castle

View from 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 frozen. Today’s plan was to visit […]

What were medieval Pilgrim's motivations and gear?

Medieval pilgrim's gear

Le Puy – Conques, Les Faux to Aumont Aubrac This was the fourth day of walking and we knew that tomorrow was a rest day. The walking had been challenging but not too tiring. A grateful pilgrim appreciates a good rest when it presents itself or is planned for. We left the efficient and pleasant […]

Cornwall Coast Path – St. Piran, Poldark and surfers

The surprising surfing beach at Perranporth

Newquay to Perranporth – 11 miles about 6 hours It was May and I was in Cornwall, Britain. I arrived at the charming Cornish seaside village of Newquay in the afternoon. Very popular with visitors. One of Newquay’s beaches is home to ‘The Cribber’ a wave of up to 9 metres high that attracts the […]

Torres del Paine – the "W" walk

The Famous Torres del paine

The Famous Torres del paine Occasionally 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 up early […]

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

Coast to Coast Walk

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 didn’t look […]

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

Through the country of the Magicians

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 […]

London: Step by Step – Old Curiosity Shop

The 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 sunshine. I […]

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

Kings House Hotel

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 […]

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

Cosy Kington in the Welsh woods

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 village. […]

Via Francigena – Siena and Saint Catherine

Siena's memorial to St 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 Siena’s seventeen […]