Category: Travel

Ireland – The Wild Atlantic Way, Into the West

Connemara, County Galway situated on the edge of Europe, the place where I spent my childhood, worked, lived and emigrated from, due to the lack of work.  Steeped in memories for me, happy and sad, yet always rewarding from a travel and photography point of view. Since relocating back home from overseas, Connemara is the place my husband and I go and spend time out in nature cycling the long and winding roads, a place to relax and unwind.  It is also the place I explore extensively with my brother taking photographs and boy does it reward us no matter the season or the weather. My grandfather and his family worked the bogs in Connemara for many generations; the hand cut turf was the main source of fuel for heating homes. His old...

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A Yorkshire Walk Through Malhamdale

It was the first walking day of a weekend break in Malhamdale with HF Holidays. Looking out the window first thing was rain and sleet but as many of you know, the Yorkshire Dales is a fabulous place to get the boots on and walk and hike, whatever the weather. Plus, they have a range of walks to choose from daily. Today’s choices ranged from 6 to 9.5 miles. I chose the latter… bring on the miles to enjoy. Plus, with the walk being through Malhamdale it was done straight from out the door of the accommodation at Newfield...

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Walking in Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park

In the far north western corner of Catalunya lies its best kept secret; Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. It is a land of enchanted mountains, sparkling glacial lakes, and some of the best walking routes in Spain. The park takes its name from the network of nearly 200 mountain lakes and waterfalls scattered throughout, and it is these water features which help make the park so beautiful. Aigüestortes translates from Catalan as twisted waters and Lake Sant Maurici dominates the eastern end of the park and is enjoyed by most day trippers. However, those willing to...

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36 Hours in Amsterdam

The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, and it is a pristine and picturesque city. The city is not only known for it’s artistic heritage, but also its 17th century colorful gabled homes and beautiful canals. We visited in the winter right after Christmas, on our way home from a fun New Year’s trip.  Amsterdam is of the most friendly cities in Europe, and you can walk everywhere. The primary language is Dutch, which is somewhat similar to German, but not always. There are three official languages in the Netherlands: Dutch, German, and French. In Old English Dutch, Amsterdam simply meant “people or nation.” ...

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Dark Skies and Shooting Stars on the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly: famous for white sandy beaches, turquoise seas, fields of flowers and delicious cream teas… but how about stargazing? 28 miles away from the bright lights of the mainland, this offshore archipelago has some of the darkest skies in England; yet the amazing stargazing is often a surprise to even the seasoned Scilly visitor.   In October, I was back on the Isles of Scilly for the Walk Scilly Autumn Weekend, the sister event to the annual Walk Scilly walking festival (4-14 April 2018). I’d been to the Isles of Scilly once before; but whilst I had soul-soaring memories of unbelievably blue seas, steaming hot pasties and the most seals I had ever seen in my life, I...

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Sweden – Stockholm, A Family City Break

When you stay in Stockholm there are a lot of great choices. Our first time we stayed at The Grand Hotel. A lovely place that overlooks one of the many waterways. Whether you stay there or not – it’s has a great bar with the perfect view of old Stockholm. It over looks the water, but beware it also has courtyard rooms, which are uninspiring, luckily the only time we spent in the room was to sleep and shower. The bellmen are ready and willing to help, and to point you to great sights and great restaurants. But we hope to help you with a little of...

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Pots and Pans, Saddleworth – A Memorable Walk

This must be one of the very first walks my father took me when a young child. I am Oldham born and bred and if you have ever passed through Saddleworth you will perhaps not have missed the sight of Pots and Pans. A hill that stands amongst the valleys and above the villages of the Saddleworth area, standing out as well to the fact it has a war memorial standing proudly at the summit. Pots and Pans is not the largest hill in the land by any account, but, extremely memorable. For me I have lost count how...

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Hiking in the Aragonese Pyrenees

The sunny side of the Pyrenees is without a doubt in Spain, and the most dramatic, rugged and wild section of the Spanish Pyrenees is in Aragón. A stunning national park, majestic canyons, abundant wildlife, and some jaw dropping walks are all part of the package which should make a trip to the Argonese Pyrenees high on any walker’s to do list. Aragón is neatly placed in-between Navarre and Catalunya in the north east of Spain. A few hours drive from Bilbao, or Toulouse or Pau on the French side. Or if you are lucky, you can fly directly...

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