How to Get the Most Out of a South West Coast Hiking Trip

Whether you are spending 2 days or 2 weeks in the Southwest of England, there are a few things you should consider before tying up your walking boots 1. The South West Coast Path appears to be made for long-distance hiking, but …

… while a strategy of lining up several consecutive stages may be the ideal way of experiencing the beauty of the trail, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most

How to Get the Most Out of a South West Coast Hiking Trip

South West Coast Path Thurlestone to Bantham

From the sublime to the ridiculously picturesque is but a few steps on Devon’s premier hiking trail Coastal walks come in one of two varieties: there are the idyllic ones, featuring gardenlike landscapes full of picturesque little villages. The Italian and French Riviera is full of such calm and civilized walks. This is nature on a human scale: truly the small outdoors.

But there are also coastal trails that are

South West Coast Path Thurlestone to Bantham

First Impressions of the South West Coast Path

Encounters with scenic views and low-flying objects on our walk from Thurlestone to South Milton Sands Our trip to South Devon has started with a series of pleasant surprises. Firstly, the trip from London was a lot shorter and more convenient than I had expected, clocking in at roughly three hours. I had always assumed that “the West Country” was roughly as far away from London as America, in terms of “felt distance” at least,

First Impressions of the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path: Britain at Its Best

Whatever type of walk you may fancy, even one to the nearest pub: this trail has exactly what you want When we still lived in Britain, we made one big and – in hindsight – regrettable mistake: that was treating the M25 motorway (which, in practical terms, separates London from the rest of Britain) like a frontier to another country, a country that was alien and unsafe, full of incalculable risks and dangers. It’s not

The South West Coast Path: Britain at Its Best

A Country Walk in Turin

The Piemontese hills may provide a picturesque backdrop, but it is in the flat countryside where the city’s lifeblood flows To the casual observer, it may seem that the countryside in and around Turin is mainly Alpine in nature. The Alps indeed seem to be everywhere …

… but while they undoubtedly attract the eye, even at a distance, they provide no more than a picturesque background, and it is

A Country Walk in Turin

A Town Walk in Turin

Meet two of modern Italy’s founding fathers, a two-faced royal mansion and the world’s tallest museum

In addition to the San Michele hike from our last post, we have prepared two more tours in Turin for you: one “town” walk and one “country” walk, both of them relatively short (with lengths of two to three hours) so you could do them, if you wanted to, back-to-back on the same day.

A Town Walk in Turin

An Easy Hike in the Italian Alps of Piemonte

Hiking in Turin The Sacra di San Michele near Turin is Northern Italy’s grandest and most sacred abbey Italy’s industrial heartland lies within a triangle formed by Genoa, Milan and Torino, but, this being Italy, these three great industrial towns are hardly the equivalent of Dortmund, Manchester or Cleveland and pack a powerful “triple punch” of beautiful architecture, atmosphere and history.

Of these great northern towns, Turin was the last we had the

An Easy Hike in the Italian Alps of Piemonte

The Grand Finale in Finale Ligure

If you want to accompany us on the last stage of our Ligurian hill walk, you’d better be ready for some serious climbing In our most recent post, (perhaps a little misguiding) headlined The Five Walks of Finale Ligure, we ultimately gave you only three: a beach promenade, a stroll through the historical centre, and a short hike to the fortress that looms over the Old Town.

Today, we are taking it further

The Grand Finale in Finale Ligure

The Five Walks of Finale Ligure

This small Riviera seaside town has something for every hiker: two legs, three legs or four This past winter, we have been exploring hiking trails on our local coast, on either side – French as well as Italian – of the Riviera, and what better place to end this series of walks, as the winter draws to a close, than in Finale Ligure: a town whose very name suggests closure.

The Five Walks of Finale Ligure

Want to See the Russian Churches on the Riviera?

Elsewhere in the world, the word may be that “the Russians are coming”; in the coastal region between Nice and Sanremo, they have arrived long ago and been part of the local communities for well over 150 years Once upon a time, before the advent of satellite TV dishes and the world-wide web, immigrants, even the very richest ones, felt the need to huddle together in the cold environment of an alien culture. What they

Want to See the Russian Churches on the Riviera?