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Cares Gorge – The Best Walk in Spain?

If you are anywhere in the region of the of the Picos de Europa then you have to walk the ‘Garganta del Cares’ – the Cares Gorge. Is it the best day walk in Spain? I don’t know the answer as I’ve not walked them all (yet!), but it’s a walk of staggering beauty with breathtaking views. Cares Gorge is 12km long and is bookended by the villages of Caín in the south and Poncebos in the north. The gorge was created by the river Cares and splits the western and central massifs of the Picos range. The scale...

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Hiking in the Picos de Europa

It was during a trip to the Isle of Skye a few years ago that I decided that precious days off work on walking holidays may be better spent somewhere where I wasn’t going to get soaked to the bone, battered by wind, and having to do the fandango across waterlogged paths so as to avoid treading on a hundred frogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking in Britain and the west coast of Scotland and the islands are magical places. It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of sun on your back and not...

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Special Highlights from El Camino Hike with G Adventures

In the previous two posts on this topic we covered the 3 Main Stages of the El Camino Itinerary and the Overall Sentiments of the experience along the famed pilgrimage route. In this post I want to delve a little deeper and share with you my personal highlights from the trip and what I believe are some of the most stunning and amazing locations along the final 6 days of The Way. Now I want you to bear in mind that I often work as a travel photographer and absolutely love taking photographs (and making videos), so this selection...

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A Walk in The Cleveland Hills and The Lord Stones

This area is one of the prettiest I have seen with acres of heather, fern and pine trees greeting you as soon as you leave the main road. It lies north east off the A172 and is well worth a visit to hike the many different walks these beautiful hills have to offer. The name ‘Lord Stones’, derives from three landowning Lords whose estates met at this point on Carlton Bank. The stone itself is typical of ancient waymarkers and boundary stones that are found across the North Yorks Moors. The landscape here is stunning but has been shaped...

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The Three Main Stages of an Eight-Day Camino Hike

Two weeks ago I set out to walk 116km over 6 days through the final stretch of the famed El Camino, or The Way, in north western Spain. It was a big undertaking and even though I am in relatively good shape, love hiking and being outdoors, 116 in 6 days is a big push. The trip had been organized through a company called G Adventures, and prior to taking off they sent me a detailed itinerary with an outline of how the hike was going to be. This was a great planning tool and allowed me to gain...

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Walk The Camino de Santiago

Lace up your boots, we’re in for an adventure! 116km by foot kind of adventure. Over rolling hills of lush grass and past golden fields of wheat, through ancient stone villages and with greetings from friendly locals at every turn. El Camino de Santiago, or The Way, is an absolute classic European pilgrimage and a perfect hike for those looking to get out and explore. Our trip began from the quiet town of Sarria with six days and 116km to go. The morning was fresh and clear, not too cold but just not quite warm enough for shorts. I...

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