“Hitting the spot on trails less trodden

The Trips - Most recent first, Click on images to enlarge

Inner Hebrides

Ardnamurchan - Coll - Tiree - Muck - Canna - Rum - Eigg

Ireland

Clare - Wicklow - Mourne Mts. - North Donegal - Antrim Coast - Rathlin Island

Iceland One

Snaefellsnes - Hornstrandir - Fimmvorduhals - Skaftafell - Seydisfjordur

The Faroes

Gjogv - Famjin - Tjornuvik - Vidareidi - Saksun - Sandoy - Trollanes

Norway

Jotunheimen - Innerdalen - Kystriksveien - Lofoten - Vesteralen

Eskdale

Muncaster Fell - Blind Tarn - Eel Tarn - Stony Tarn - Lingcove - Scar Lathing - Green Crag - Hardknott - Devoke Water - Boat How

NW Scotland

Summer Isles - Lochinver - Drumbeg - Scourie - Sandwood Bay - Reef - Uig - Rhenigidale - Luskentyre - Hushinish - Trotternish - Glendale

Shropshire Hills

Hope Bowdler Hill - Caer Caradoc - The Long Mynd - The Stiperstones

Iceland Two

Kerlingarfjoll - Myvatn - Borgarfjorthur eystri - Lonsaraefi - Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell - Landmannalaugar - Vik

Ennerdale Water

Crag Fell - Floutern - Angler's Crag - Bowness Knott

Odds & Sods

Gower Peninsula - Purbeck Coast - Upper Teesdale - Brecon Beacons - Vale of Ewyas - Rhinns of Galloway - Lee Valley Walk - Gun Hill, Norfolk - Isle of Portland - Audley End - My Most Heavenly Hikes - Book Reviews

Isles of Scilly

Holy Vale - Bryher - Bant's Carn - Tresco - St.Agnes - St.Martin's - Toll's Hill - Peninnis Head

The Dolomites

Bec de Roces - Monte Averau - Lago di Misurina - Valparola - Marmolada - Alpe di Siusi - Alta Badia - Viel del Pan

Spanish Pyrenees

Parc Nacional d'Aiguestortes - Gerber - Les-Bausen - Morrano - Ratera - Monestero - Montanheta - Colomers - Baciver

Madeira

Ponta de Sao Lourenco - Boca do Risco - Pico Ruivo - Boca da Corrida - Balcoes

Valle d'Aosta

Valtournenche - Valnontey - Valsavarenche - Valsesia

Stelvio National Park, Italy

Suldental - Trafoiertal - Valfurva - Valle dei Forni

Aldeburgh, Snape and Orford

Around Aldeburgh - Around Snape Maltings - Around Orford - Orford Village

The Loweswater Fells

Low Fell - Down by Crummock Water - High Nook - Mosedale - Around Mellbreak - Low Ling Crag

Corsica

Parata - Spelunca - Calanches - Girolata - Tavignano - Cap Corse

Macugnaga and Valmalenco

Belvedere Glacier - Pecetto - Lago delle Fate - Staffa - Campagneda and Prabello - Lago di Gera - Fellaria - Campo Moro - Musella - Forbici - Marinelli

Nivolet

Around Rifugio Savoia - Lakes Rossett and Leita - Gran Collet - Basei - Ferauda - Alpe Comba

Monviso

Pian del Re - Lakes Superiore, Lausetto and Fiorenza - Via del Sale - Lake Chiaretto - Lake Grande di Viso - Lake Alpetto - Costa del Vallone - Crissolo  

 

A Few Scottish Glens

Glen Affric - Glen Strathfarrar - Glen Cannich

La Gomera and La Palma

Imada - Garajonay - Chipude - Vallehermoso - Epina - Alojera - Agulo - Hermigua - Caldera de Taburiente - Barranco de las Angustias - Ruta de los Volcanes

Anglesey Coastal Path

Llanddwyn - Rhosneigr - Trearddur - Holyhead Mountain - Carmel Head - Cemaes - Amlwch - Moelfre

The Slovenian Alps

Slap Savica - Ukanc - Mostnice - Vogel - Jezero Jasna - Zelenci - Slap Martuljek - Vrsic - Zadnja Trenta - Sleme - Kriski Podi - Izvir Glijun and Slap Virje

Gavarnie

Cirque de Gavarnie - Saugué - Vallée de Pouey Aspé - Bayssellance - Petit Vignemale - Espuguettes - Col du Pimené

Upper Medway Valley

Tonbridge - Penshurst - Ashurst - Forest Row - Turners Hill - source

Pendle

Barley - Pendle Hill - Black Moss - Wycoller - Pendle Way

Ouessant, Raz and Camaret

Kermorvan - Porz Doun - Pern - Corn Here - Veilgoz - Baie des Trepasses - Raz - Van - Pen Hir

Ouessant, Raz and Camaret

Although I had toured around Brittany before by car, there were still places to visit that I had missed on that first trip in the 1970s. So I bought two books which covered the coast from Mont St Michel to Benodet to find out which bits to walk. I chose the three areas which appealed to me the most: the Ile d’Ouessant, the Pointe du Raz area and the end of the Crozon Peninsula around Camaret. The last two are covered in Wendy Mewes, “Walking the Brittany Coast”, Volume 2, 2008, henceforth referred to as ‘Mewes’. She has very detailed path directions, which I find rather irritating as the path is usually obvious, but she gives a good idea of the terrain with lots of pictures. I had hoped that spring would have arrived by the time of my visit in March 2020 but the main thing that had arrived was the Covid 19 outbreak (about 200 cases in France when I arrived, 600 the next day and 10,000 by the time I left two weeks later). Fortunately for me, Brittany was one of the least affected areas; nevertheless, I kept to myself as much as possible and did a lot of hand-washing.

 

I planned my trip by public transport, which meant a bit of hanging around near Gares Routieres, the French bus stations, and a lot of consulting timetables in the planning stage as the buses are less frequent in the winter (September to June) but that’s OK by me. As you probably know, Brittany, like Cornwall, sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean and gets the first taste of whatever weather is coming from that direction: wind, showers and sun in variable proportions, particularly around the coast where I was going.

 

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