Drake’s Country: The Smiling Face of the Moors

Dartmoor National Park may be famous for its high security prison and the Hound of the Baskervilles, but it also has its gardenlike features And now, as they say, for something completely different.

After the South West Coast Path with its perfect blend of the majestic and the bucolic, Dartmoor National Park provides a sharp and fascinating contrast.

It’s only a brief journey from the

Drake’s Country: The Smiling Face of the Moors

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

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

The Queen of the Ligurian Hills

Apricale is not only picturesque but also a great base for hiking trips into the Riviera’s mountainous hinterland Apricale may well be the most beautiful but is certainly the most visually stunning of all the towns on the Ligurian hills. Growing out of the cliffside like something perhaps not altogether benign …

… the town has preserved much of its ancient, medieval atmosphere …

The Queen of the Ligurian Hills

Ancient History Between Cannes and Antibes

Easy Hikes in the South of France What have the Romans ever done for the French Riviera? Not much, it appears. For our first proper walk of the year – one involving a forest, “big sky views” and mud under our feet – we picked a theatre of ancient local history.

You would be surprised how difficult it can be to find real “history” on the French Riviera. Don’t get

Ancient History Between Cannes and Antibes

The Castles of La Napoule

Easy Hikes in the French Riviera The French Riviera would be as beautiful, culturally much poorer without its long history of eccentric Anglo-Saxons The French Riviera is a truly blessed spot – with its richly articulated coastline, its pretty coastal villages, its bays and its boats, its nearly perennial sunshine and pleasant temperatures all year round.

But just to prove that nothing is perfect this side of paradise, there are also a few

The Castles of La Napoule