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Smoked Haddock Risotto

Smoked Haddock Risotto is a very popular in the French Alps

We think smoked haddock risotto is a  really tasty supper; the flavours of the fish and white wine are great together. I have never tried to buy smoked haddock in France but in the UK it is readily available and well-priced. Served with some baby tomatoes roasted in honey and olive oil finished off with

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Four in a Bed

Grattondale where Four in a Bed winners are situated

How pleased we both were that Dale End House won Four in a Bed. This is a lovely place to come and relax and we are lucky to have it as our chosen accommodation in the Peak District. The Lodge It is so cosy and has everything you need for your stay. The view from

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Chamonix Walking Breaks

Chamonix Walking Breaks

If you’ve seen our Facebook posts, you will know we are now in Les Houches and half way through this year’s Chamonix walking breaks. Chamonix is a French town It has a  big international reputation, as the home of extreme sports. Of course it is also home to the famous landmark Mont Blanc, the largest mountain

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Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake is very popular in the Peak District

Chocolate Biscuit Cake has to be the biggest favourite with all our guests. I make it on all our catered holidays in the Peaks and Chamonix. It is perfect to eat whilst sat on the top of a mountain. Most recipes use cooking chocolate but I don’t – I only use Cadburys; it seems to

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Pack an Alpine Flower Book when out Walking

One to look up in your Alpine Flower Book

It happens to so many visitors to the Alps, out of the corner of your eye you spot an unusual flower, mentally storing the image, or taking a photograph you think: “I’ve forgotten my Alpine Flower book, I’ll look that up when I get back”. How often do you later forget? We do it often.

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Afternoon Tea Favourite of our Guests

Pinnacles Afternoon Tea Favourite; Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

An afternoon tea favourite of our guests; not necessarily the best but certainly in the top ten. Courtesy of Jamie Oliver, well his Nan actually, it is a scrummy version of lemon syrup cake with the addition of ground almonds and poppy seeds. You can make it in a loaf tin. I have also made

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Swiss Alpinist Ueli Steck

Swiss Alpinist Ueli Steck

Swiss Alpinist, Ueli Steck died on Sunday, April 30th. He was climbing alone on the 7,861metre high Nuptse Peak. Because we love the mountains so much, Pinnacle Walking Holidays always followed the steps of Ueli Steck an amazing mountaineer. Steck was acclimatising for a new route where he and Tenji Sherpa would attempt to create

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JESS; a poem for our loyal dog; RIP

Jess the Pinnacle loyal dog

This week Pinnacle Walking Holidays said goodbye to our loyal dog Jess, she was 15 years old – what a milestone. She has been a great support to Mike on our UK walks; always making sure the guests were safe and stayed together. We first met Jess when her owners Maggie & Paul came to

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Pinnacle’s Favourite Walking Trails

Views from the Prairion one of our Favourite Walking Trails

Summer in Chamonix is all about being outside – whether that’s trekking in the mountains on one of our favourite walking trails, or shopping in town. Here is one of Pinnacle’s Favourite Walking Trails. Alpage de la Charme. A short walk from the Prarion gondola brings you to the aptly named alpine pastures of La

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Tomato Goats Cheese Crumble

Tomato Goats Cheese Crumble. A tasty vegetarian dish

I love vegetarian food; it’s so colourful and tasty. That’s why I like to make Tomato Goats Cheese Crumble. We have quite a few veggie friends and they seem to think the choice in restaurants and pubs is quite poor. We get a lot of vegetarian guests which gives me the chance experiment with different

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