Driving to Italy via England, France, Germany and Austria

View of Sciliar from the Brenner Pass when driving to Italy

It is rare that guests drive to Chamonix for our French Alps walking holidays as Geneva is so accessible by air from the UK. However driving to Italy is a different story. The Dolomites is not as easy to fly to, and many of the airports are still a reasonable drive away. Every autumn we

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Whether to Walk with Walking Poles or Not

A True Mountaineer uses Walking Poles

If someone asked me; “What is something you could not do without on a walk?” I would have to say my Leki walking poles. Not everybody likes them, but if you’re concerned about pain, especially in your knees or back, then think seriously about investing in a pair of walking poles. Telescopic Walking Poles There

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Wet Bank Holidays in the UK; dream of Alps and Dolomites

Monsal Dale one of many Peak District walks close to Monsal Head

This weekend sees another one of those times in the UK where the weather looks chilly and maybe a little wet, as usual. Dreaming of the Alps and Dolomites So, no for us as we are starting to get ready for our walking breaks in the French Alps, making sure we have everything in place

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Rifugio Bolzano in the Dolomites

The castle in the Dolomites and the symbol of South Tyrol.

They call Rifugio Bolzano the castle in the mountains: it sits on the Sciliar/Schlern plateau and has become the symbol of South Tyrol. Our walk of the month is the Rifugio Bolzano; it’s a difficult walk but has the most rewarding views. It’s not on the Pinnacle Walking Holidays itinerary, but on day off if

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Best Photo of the Month | Ortisei

Out best photos of Ortisei, the best photo from a Dolomite Walking Holiday

Mike and I always feel a little flat at this time of year as we try to choose our best photo from this year’s Dolomites and Chamonix walking holidays. As things slowly return to normal back in Bollington in the Pinnacle Walking Holidays office we have lots of lovely photos and happy memories. These images

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Best Hikes in the Alps

Mer de Glace seen on a French Alps walking holiday is one of the best hikes in the alps

The walk between Plan de l’Aiguille and Montenvers Chamonix is one of the best hikes in the Alps. Walk Description. Take the first stage of the Aiguille du Midi to Plan l’Aiguille. Here is a great place to linger and gaze at the surrounding mountains, maybe the chance to see a marmot. Follow the Grand

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Avalanche Risk is a Real Threat in the Alps

Avalanche risk is always a threat in the Alps

The number of avalanche deaths in Europe is at its highest for five years. The problem goes back to the snow drought: In many European resorts nothing really falls until January. When new snow eventually arrived – as it did – it sits precariously on top of this weak layer, which can collapse at any

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Christmas Time with Snow

Christmas Snow in the Peak District

Well the clocks have gone back. With it comes a long stretch of dark nights and very short days. It’s not all bad news though as Christmas time is approaching and it seems to lift everyone’s mood. Rather than getting too downhearted about dark evenings we tend to focus on the positive and look forward

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French Alps Walking Holidays

Walkers and sightseers love Chamonix

A walk which is a big favourite with guests on our French Alps Walking Holidays is the Grand Balcon Sud. It is one of the classic walks of the Chamonix valley, with stunning views across to the Mont Blanc massif: A Pinnacle Walking Holidays favourite. We start from the top of the Flegere cable car

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