“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 - 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

Stelvio National Park, Italy

The Stelvio National Park doesn’t get much publicity in the UK – I’d heard of the Stelvio Pass but not of the Park. It stretches from near Livigno and the Swiss border in the west to St Gertraud in the east and from near Mals in the north to near Ponte di Legno in the south. The nearest large town is Bormio. I decided to go there because I like National Parks, because it’s mostly high, because there are accessible valleys with lots of trails and because there’s a handy guide-book describing the various trails to choose from. My choice of valleys was Suldental and Trafoiertal in the north and Valfurva in the centre of the Park.


I expected this trip to be my ‘last hurrah’ to steep mountain trails but I’ve discovered I can still do them – it’s just a question of fitness (after 3 mountain trips this year, I’m fitter than when I said in June that this would be my last such trip) and allowing enough time. It also helps to get high (in terms of metres) before the trail starts, either by using a summer cable-car or chair-lift or by staying in a high place – in Italy, that means choosing a suitably-placed rifugio. I used this expedient for 9 out of the 11 trails trodden on this trip.


As it turned out – I did not foresee this – this trip is my first featuring some snowy trails since it took place in September (2017) when rain falls as snow above about 2,500m in the Alps. Here is a map showing the location of my trails:



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