“Hitting the spot on trails less trodden

The Trips - Click on images to enlarge

Inner Hebrides

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


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


Jotunheimen - Innerdalen - Kystriksveien - Lofoten - Vesteralen


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


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


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


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


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

Spanish Pyrenees

Not having a car or wanting to hire one, I chose to go to an area where I could access trails without one in a beautiful part of the Spanish Pyrenees. My choice was the Val d’Aran, a part of Spain that should really be part of France because it contains the headwaters of the River Garonne that flows northwards to reach the Bay of Biscay north of Bordeaux. I chose the Val d’Aran because it is near to the Parc Nacional d’Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, a typically long-winded Spanish name for a lovely area rather like our Lake District, except that the mountains are higher and more pointed and the lakes are smaller and more numerous. The name means “National Park of Twisting Streams and the Lake of Saint Maurice”. Why St. Maurice’s Lake was singled out for special attention I have no idea. Anyway, my choice was a fortunate one because I discovered there is a public Bus Parc which ferries hikers round the perimeter of the Park in both directions twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, enabling us to walk in the Park for at least four hours and return to our lodgings or to walk through the Park, stay at a mountain refuge and catch a bus on a subsequent day.


Here is a map of the Val d’Aran and the Park with the location of my trails marked with the numbers given in the text.


Click on the map to enlarge.

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