Overseas Walks

A number of guest writers have described their experiences of walking abroad in some of the best or most popular countries. Hopefully their thoughts and photography will offer some ideas and inspiration for a walking holiday overseas.

The Alpes Maritimes, France

The Maritime Alps offer one of the great outdoor playgrounds of Europe with high Alpine mountains almost stretching to  the coast – those who live or stay there can easily enjoy a good walk in the morning and within an hour be swimming in the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Having spent much of his life enjoying the delights of the Yorkshire Dales Peter has been living in Grasse for...

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Jebel Toubkal, Morrocco

In November 2008 I was between jobs and filled a week of the time with a visit to Morocco and a winter climb up Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in the Atlas mountains. I headed off to Morrocco with no idea of what to expect and it turned out to be a fantastic experience. I joined a trek organized by Exodus Travel for a 4 day trek in to the Atlas Mountains and an ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167...

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Yosemite

Yosemite is a superb walking area. There are a number of excellent ‘trails’ which are well signposted, clear to follow with wonderful views. We had an excellent day walking up to Nevada Falls and along the John Muir Trail in very hot conditions, Barry climbed Half Dome and JP trekked up El Capitan. Hopefully these 3 separate walks (described below) and their accompanying photos will...

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Chamonix & Mont Blanc

Chamonix is widely recognized as the centre of Alpine climbing; the mountain scenery unsurpassed at least in Europe. Climbing Mont Blanc is certainly the most sort after peak in the area (at least amongst mere mortals, different if you are an experienced Alpine climber!) but there are other wonderful walks/climbs which are achievable either with or without a guide. I have included 3 blogs on...

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Aconcagua, Andes

I have included 2 excellent stories of mere mortals attempting one of the most difficult mountains in the world (for hikers not climbers) and the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. The first was James’ (my nephew) climb in November 2017 and the second was Sean’s over 10 years earlier. Both describe the hardships and pleasures of the climb and their thoughts certainly bring the...

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‘Must Do’ Overseas Walks

Often when travelling abroad there is a well known mountain, hill or walk which simply have to be done. In this section I have included some of these. They are all straightforward, not difficult and mainly serve the purpose of describing any complications on the walk, getting to the walk or advice about the walk. For example, did you know you needed a permit to climb Mount Teidi and best sort it...

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Tasmania

Barry headed off to Australia in January 2013 for a visit to the wonderful island of Tasmania, famous to most people as the  bit at the bottom nobody normally visits, bush fires and the birthplace of that archetypal Australian cricketer David Boon. Here are his thoughts… When it comes to walking (and for a holiday generally) Tasmania is a hidden gem and the weather, at least when I went,...

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Slovenia & the Tatras Mountains

Walking in the Tatras Mountains in Slovakia and other areas of Eastern Europe including walking in Slovenia has always appealed to me but I have never actually got there. JP did visit , and his mutterings are below but it would be good to hear from other people who have walked in the area – I know many go back year after year so there must be some great opportunities to enjoy the...

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The Himalayas

JP and Ella headed off on their first visit to the Himalayas in November 2003. They were both experienced walkers in UK conditions and just felt the Himalayas had to be done – if they could bag a peak great but the main purpose was to simply experience trekking in the greatest of all mountain ranges.  Trekking in the Himalayas – Ella Climbing in Nepal – JP Trekking in the...

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High Pyrenees

It is only recently that my brother Barry has broadened his horizons beyond the UK and has made 2 visits to the Pyrenees climbing the 1st and 3rd highest mountains in the area.  Starting with Perdido (the 3rd highest) then Pic d,Aneto (the highest) and finally the beautiful circuit of Pic Marbore Perdido (3,355 metres) I climbed Perdido late in June 2010 as part of Jo Bradwell’s 65th...

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Machu Picchu Trek

Macchu Picchu is one of the ‘must do’ walks for anyone visiting South America, rightly world famous. I have included 2 stories of colleagues trekking experience on one of the Salkantay routes.  2430 metres (7,979 feet) above sea level but the actual climbing is much less. It is a walk not a climb but the altitude is what makes it more difficult. Salkantay Route, Macchu Picchu –...

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St Helena Island

Having spent 20 years living in a the small village of Wigglesworth, a small North Yorkshire village, Mike up sticks and sailed forth to St Helena Isalnd in the South Atlantic. The walks look terrific and he has outlined his favourites below. It may not be part of your summer holiday plans but enjoy the photos for somewhere that is genuinally very very different.  Given that getting to Saint...

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New Zealand

Barry took a few months away from our mild and sunny winter (well that is what we told him)  to venture south to New Zealand and try the mountains down under. Here are his thoughts. For those who enjoy walking in the mountains, New Zealand is one of the best places in the world and any chance of a trip there during the British winter should not be missed I recommend ‘202 great...

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