Tag: trek

Walking In Dentdale

I absolutely love cottage holidays. A converted farmhouse in the middle of lush countryside, roaring fires, home cooked food, fine wine, and good company. You cannot beat it. And best of all is the walking which is on tap every time you open the front door and step out into the great outdoors. The Yorkshire Dales has so many options for exploring and walking. There are some great long distance trails; the Yorkshire Three Peaks is ever popular as walkers try and complete the 24 miles and peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside in under 12 hours. The Coast...

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The Magic of Machu Picchu

In my previous blog about the Salkantay Trek – the arduous but amazing walk to Machu Picchu – I said that Machu Picchu deserved a blog in its own right and it does… so here it is. Any photographic preconceptions of Machu Picchu don’t do justice to the sheer majesty of the ancient city, set high up in the cloud-covered peaks of Peru. Tumbling agricultural terraces are jewel-bright green, clinging to the edge of the mountain as lamas graze on them and Incan temples are a historian’s delight. The one hour guided tour at the beginning of our day...

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Grand Canyon – Trail of time

In all my travels throughout the U.S. and outside it, I’ve never seen anything as beautiful as the Grand Canyon. My favorite national park may always be Yellowstone because of the diversity that’s contained in one park (it even has the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone) but for pure beauty there’s nothing that compares to Grand Canyon National Park. This park is located approximately 90 minutes north of Flagstaff, AZ and whatever time you have to spend there is well worth it. There are many trails that intersect and even go down into the canyon. This hike is an easier...

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Newfoundland – Signal Hill’s North Head Trail

Hiking in Newfoundland is always a fun time. You are subject to instant weather changes, gusty winds, and a barrage of black flies in the heavily wooded areas. But, if you take to the coastal trails, you are greeted with views surpassed by few. The majestic North Atlantic is always a treat to watch as you get lost in its beauty. The Ocean breezes can be a treat on the warm days or a reminder of where you are on the colder days. This day I was out taking photos in the lower battery area and “accidentally” found myself...

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Milford Track Day Four – Paradise To The End

Alas it was the final day of this most beautiful walk. After the beauty in all directions walking up the Clinton Valley on days one and two, over the Mackinnon Pass on Day three it was time to head down to the final stop at Sandfly Point, where the trail meets Milford Sound! A taster for this side of the pass was given on day three heading down from the pass. Stepping back into the fairy-tale like scenes within the forest canopy the path may have been heavily downward but the river beside did too. Producing some spectacular waterfalls...

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Milford Track Day Three – Up And Over The Mackinnon Pass

It was time for the big and grand day three of the Milford Track. A day to get high out of the forest and up into the alpine scenery. Wandering up the Clinton valley on day two you got your first sighting of the saddle between the mountain tops that is known as Mackinnon Pass. The highest point of the track at 1154m (3786ft). This is the pass over which you tramp over and head down and down into the Arthur Valley and more beauty below. The name of the pass sounds very scottish doesn’t it? Well it is named...

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