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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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Kitted for Summer with Simply Hike

Hiking. My hobby, my passion, as well as my job to a large extent. Add in all the dog walks you can imagine I spend most of my life in hiking gear so I do need gear that firstly, does the job, secondly, will last over testing conditions and of course looks good. That is where I was pleased to be asked by Simply Hike to test out a few items of their range and boy have I been testing it. I had heard many many great reviews re Simply Hike. From the range of top brands to the...

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Walking Tenerife – Above The Clouds Amongst Ancient Rocks

It was the fourth day of walking on this Tenerife Walking Festival and what a magnificent way to finish! Walking a route above the clouds amongst ancient volcanoes and volcanic rocks. Starting beneath the peak of El Teide on the South West side it was a shorter walk but absolutely no less spectacular. With much variety. Spectacular? Yes, this is the real Tenerife. Away from the small section of bars and pools. Volcano peaks in every direction you look. Rocks of ancient times beneath your feet and nature in all its colour fighting the elements. As it was my...

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Walking Tenerife – Across the Volcanic Ash of Chinyero Volcano

Tenerife, a land of many volcanoes. Most people, whom have not learnt about the island think of just El Teide. It is easy to assume the island was caused by just that one volcano chimney but over the last 10 million years or so, Tenerife has been shaped by many volcanoes and varying eruptions. You only have to walk around at all heights on the island like I have to appreciate this in great detail. Today was day 3 of the Tenerife Walking Festival and time for a new walk. A walk through the solidified lava and ash of...

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Season Tested: Hi-Tec Ravine Waterproof Boots

It is something that is drilled into me from my Army days and carried on into my hiking day. ‘Look after your feet and they will look after you’! Above all my outdoor clothing I must admit that I give my footwear top thought. I do miles and miles per week over all terrains. Dog walks, muddy walks, day rambles and dry rugged mountains home and abroad. The boots I wear get hammered so I am not able to get just any old pair for any price. I was kindly offered a pair of Hi-Tec Ravine Waterproof boots to...

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