Cold Crisp Days Are Great

Dovedale

Although it may not be the best weather for getting out and about, cold, crisp days are great, and a good time to get outside. What could be better than frost-covered hills seen against a clear blue sky? In the UK, we have such a variety of scenery, all inhabited by an equally diverse range

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Outdoor Clothing Repairs, try Lancashire Sports Repairs

Mike and Paula of Pinnacle Walking Holidays

When we ran the walking lodge in Wensleydale winter was harsh. So I bought a Mountain Equipment down jacket from the Walking Shop in Leyburn. It’s been so good and toasty and kept me warm in the winter for the last 6 years. This year it was looking a little worse for wear – faulty

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St Magdalena Winery in the Dolomites

A view of Sassolungo in the Sunshine, close to the St Magdalena winery

Not only do we love to run our Dolomites walking holidays and hike in some of the most stunning mountain scenery to be had, but we also have a passion for the region’s delicious wines. The St Magdalena winery has been at the pinnacle of Alto Adige’s production for a very long time. The current

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Ventian Spritz

The Venetian Spritz, the drink of Italy

Venetian Spritz is THE drink of the Dolomites The Venetian Spritz is not, shall we say, an ‘important’ drink. However, it’s red, for crying out loud, and composed of any unassuming white wine, sparkling water, and your choice of mixer. Although the first Venetian Spritz filtered down to Italy from Austria, they were only made

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Two Sad People Looking Forward to Next Season

Nearly at the Top; walking in the Italian Dolomites

Well our four wonderful Dolomite hiking breaks and the last two Peaks cancelled we are two very sad people are now back and missing the stunning views of the mountains. The Italian trekking breaks would have been a great success and everyone would have been was blown away by the Hotel Digon with its amazing

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Buying Rucksacks for a Walking Holiday

Coming down off Sassolungo with rucksacks

The first thing to consider when buying new rucksacks is the size. We would recommend considering rucksacks between 35 to 45 litres. This will assure you that you will have enough space for everything (including your all-important butties and cake). Remember in the winter in the UK, you will be carrying more equipment with you

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Ortisei Italy

Ortisei Italy A Street Scene

Ortisei Italy is famous for its ornate woodcarvings and the lovely pedestrian area with great shops and cafés. This idyllic part of Val Gardena in the Italian Sud Tyrol is a wonderful place for a walking holiday. Ortisei is 1,236m above sea level and is the largest village in Val Gardena; it has a population

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Walking Boots

Cleaning Walking Boots need not be a chore; your choice of footwear for walking, especially winter walking

I have been going on walking holidays for many years and walking boots have been my biggest bugbear. I have tried so many different types and the only boot which has felt really comfortable is a Brasher. The leather is so soft and they never need breaking in, it’s a really great walking boot for

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Choosing Walks from Walking Books

The Mont Blanc range overlooks Chamonix, home of the climbing world cup

People often ask us how we choose our walks on Italian and French walking breaks, it’s pretty easy to decide as we have spent many summer holidays in both places. But of course, we also bought lots of walking books along the way, some better than others, some calling a twelve mile walk with several

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Guest Blogging for Piste Maps

Petit Balcon Nord

It’s so nice for me when someone asks if I could to do a guest blog for their website. It makes me feel as though all my typing is not in vain. This one was for Piste-Maps and is all about Chamonix and what it has to offer in summer and winter. Guest Blog on

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