December 24, 2018

Moors (excerpt) 

Are a stage for the performance of heaven

Any audience is incidental

Ted Hughes

For a while I have been pondering the reasons we ascend the hills and mountains, 'the tang of height' as Nan Shepherd called it. I found this poem by Ted Hughes brought togethe...

November 7, 2018

It was with excitement that we crowded into the large cable car waiting to take us to the summit of the Zugspitze. Glazing all around, including the floor, gave vertiginous views of the stately ascent. The cabin appeared to hang almost motionless in the air as it pulle...

September 15, 2018

The weather was improving and fine when we set off to cycle the 8 miles to Solden. This was along a newly installed bike track that run up the valley alongside the main road. We were travelling up the Oetz valley so going slightly uphill. Very swish with bridges to tak...

September 10, 2018

After meeting up with Vicky and Martin (friends from our travels in France), we spent a few long days in the mountains around Garmiche, Southern Bavaria with them. One of the most spectacular was the climb of the North wall of the Alpspitze, one of the highest mountain...

August 28, 2018

We have now been in Bavaria for almost a week, having left UK on the ferry Dover to Dunkirk at 2 am, Tuesday 21st August.  We are going to stay here for a few more days before heading for the bigger, snow topped hills we can see in the distance when we are walking arou...

August 10, 2018

We had been talking about staying at a mountain hut for some time, to enable a longer day in the mountains. This was something I had never done before. I imagined, from descriptions in old tales of climbing in the Alps, that I was going to have to sleep on flat wooden...

August 1, 2018


We are in the Parc National de Pyrenees. This is a place where the animals and the environment take first place over humans. The animals wonder all over the road and you can’t hassle them.  You must patiently wait whilst a herd of gentle, horned cows wonder aimless...

July 29, 2018

When we did research for this trip one of the things I was keen to do was visit the Pic du Midi de Bigorre in Summer. I had been here a few times before, but only in the winter and I wanted to see what lay under the impressive deeps of snow seen as you pass high above...

July 26, 2018

On the way to the Pyranees we stayed for a few days at Sérempuy. This is the village where my family have a little house. We have sold the house but we are still waiting for the sale to complete. A sad thing was witnessing the decline of the house since it had not been...

July 26, 2018

On our travels around the most beautiful Gorges du Tarn in the Cevannes National Parc, we stopped at a typically picturesque village of Le Roziet.  Here we purchased the ‘world’s most expensive cheese’ or at least the most expensive cheese either of us have ever purcha...

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