Via Francigena: Martigny to Orsieres

Suddenly the mists parted, revealing the valley

Suddenly the mists parted, revealing the valley Via Francigena: Martigny, Switzerland. After a filling breakfast we donned our packs and walked out into the wet, overcast weather which was rather pleasant after the past few hot days. We arrived at a park where there was a fork in the track. Decisions. Decisions. One track zig-zagged […]

Via Francigena: St Croix in Switzerland

Baud Brothers Mechanical Museum

Baud Brothers Mechanical Museum Via Francigena: We arrived in St. Croix which was situated on a terrace sheltered by the slopes of Mont Chasseron. It was an attractive centre for skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. While Canterbury and Kent had been shielded from the most uncomfortable weather of this hottest of […]

Road to Aghavannagh – an Irish walk

The Irish road to Avagannagh

The Irish road to Avagannagh From the diary – Monday: Glendalough – Aghavannagh Glenalough Youth Hostel. 8.30 am, quick wash, breakfast. The four of us leave the hostel to go our separate ways. Me – off to Aghavannagh; about 10-12 miles down the road. It’s a clear day and I feel good about being healthy […]

South Downs Way – Frogs and White Horses

The lovely Cuckmere River on South Downs Way

The lovely Cuckmere River on South Downs Way Some time ago…. From London’s Victoria Station we board the bus and head off to Eastbourne, a 3 hr trip to the south coast. Most of the time was snoozing time. At Eastbourne, we then walked the 1and ½ miles to the Beachy Head Youth Hostel (no […]

Monmouth Bridge – Offa’s Dyke

Monmouth Bridge on Offa's Dyke

Monmouth Bridge on Offa’s Dyke Offa’s Dyke Walk:  There was a gradual ascent through a series of beech-forested slopes named Quicken Tree Wood, Wyeseal Wood and Creeping Hill. . The sky remained overcast without threat of rain. Once Keith and I had reached the top, we had occasional glimpses of the Wye and again walked upon the Dyke […]

Santiago Compostela – escorted tour: Leon to Santiago

Leon's marvellous Cathedral

Leon’s marvellous Cathedral Life provides some fine opportunities, and it’s up to us to accept them and enjoy! I will be returning to the Camino in March 2010 and lead a comfortable group of walkers and pilgrims along the fabled and historic Camino de Santiago. We have the minimum amount of members booked in already, […]

To Santiago

Pilgrims through the ages

For over a thousand years people have found their way to the Camino and followed it to Santiago de Compostela. The fascination with this medieval journey continues. Many who undertake it do not know why they feel drawn to it. I didn’t for a long time after. The main questions are: am I capable of […]