“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

The Slovakian High Tatras

Zelene plese - Mala Studena dolina - Velka Studena dolina - Popradske pleso - Velke Hincovo pleso - Strbske pleso

The Slovakian High Tatras

For a change, I thought I’d try the Tatras Mountains on the border between Slovakia and Poland. My first visit to a post-communist society (Slovenia) was an enjoyable success so Iwanted to try another. I bought the obvious guide-book (“Walking in the High Tatras” by Colin Saunders and Renata Narozna, Cicerone, 4th Edition, 2017 – hereafter referred to as “S & N”) and planned my trip from there and the best map I could find at Stanford’s (Kompass, “Tatra”, 1: 25,000, 2019).    I chose the Slovakian side of the Tatras because it sounded more varied and looked more beautiful in the pictures in S & N.

 

My trip was in September 2020, at the end of the first wave of the Covid 19 pandemic. Trips to Scotland and Ireland had already been cancelled earlier in the year but this trip was possible as Slovakia had been doing better than Britain in combating the virus.

 

A few general points: don’t be put off by the apparently complicated format of S & N – it’s very useful once you get the hang of it; a mountain hut in Slovakia is called a “chata”, which I shall use; proper names of landscape features are not routinely capitalised, e.g. lake or peak, but the distinguishing name is – hence “chata pri Zelenom plese” is “Mountain Hut at Zelenom Lake”; the Slovakian High Tatras is crossed by the “Tatranska magistrala” long-distance path, off which paths shoot north into high valleys (“dolinas”) and south down to the plains; lastly, the food in the chatas is pretty lousy- usually a choice between goulash, dumplings and frankfurters, none of which I like, with few vegetables – however, the soups are good and do contain vegetables.

 

Click to enlarge the map.

VIEW TRAILS AND SPOTS HERE + The Slovakian High Tatras DSCN3797[1] Edit