Thursday 25th May. Mike writes. Our early afternoon flight landed in Turin at 4.30 pm for a 2 hour coach transfer to Cogne. This took us on motorway up the Aosta valley, a principal route between Italy and Northern Europe via the Mont Blanc tunnel. Turning off just beyond Aosta, the last stretch was on a sinuous local road in the Cogne valley, high above the rushing Grand Eyvia river with some extremely scary unprotected drops. Those brave enough to have their eyes open caught a glimpse of the famous Roman bridge at Pondel, way below. Continue reading Spring Bank Holiday in Cogne and the Aosta Valley
The Polyramblers were back in Portland after our last trip in 2004; this time, we rented the Youth Hostel for the weekend. After a nice train journey, we took a bus to Fortuneswell and took possession of the Youth Hostel. We checked the facilities and chose our beds while waiting for the Tesco delivery. After tea and cake, we did a short walk and ended up at the Cove House Inn in Chiswell where Continue reading Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March 2017: Portland YHA Weekend
Although we travelled on Friday 13 to Oberammergau, it was a very smooth journey by plane and train via Munich. After settling in our hotels we did an exploratory walk as night was falling and drank our first gluhwein/beer. Meal in the hotel and off to bed.
After a nice breakfast – and discovering that the hotel has 2 cats -we set off to walk the Altherrenweg, a trail with panoramic views which follows the Ammer valley. We saw a black squirrel and a hare. We had lunch at Gasthaus Stern in Unterammergau before returning to Oberammergau, following the river Ammer while the snow fell. The Amblers went back to Oberammergau by bus. Once back from our 8 mile walk, options included visit of the interesting museum, shopping or swimming. Dinner was at Gasthof zur Rose.
On Sunday, we could see some blue sky when we started our walk, passing beautifully decorated houses. We walked along the river Ammer for a short while and then followed a country road through the Weidmoss nature reserve. We continued on a path with a forest on one side and fields covered in snow on the other side. The Amblers took the bus to Graswang and walked to Linderhof. We reached Graswang where we had a light lunch consisting of dessert and jäger tee or gluhwein. A wide path which started flat and then gradually climbed through the forest took us to Linderhof castle in a heavy snow shower. We had a guided tour of the castle in English. The rooms, inspired by the castle in Versailles, were richly decorated with sculptures covered in gold leaves. Although the heating system was very advanced for its time when King Ludwig lived there, we felt colder in the castle than outside. After our visit, we went to the nearest and only cafe for cups of hot chocolate. We went back to Oberammergau by bus and met later for our last dinner, followed by schnapps in the local bar (for some).
More snow had fallen during the night and continued to fall after breakfast so it was decided that, instead of taking the cable car to the summit of Laber where there would be no view, we would walk to Ettal. The Amblers decided to go on the cable car for the experience and had a drink in the café at the top of Laber. For the ramblers, it was a lovely walk along the river Ammer with pristinely white fields and trees covered in snow. Once in Ettal, we went into the abbey shop and the baroque church and then had a hot drink while we waited for the bus to take us back to Oberammergau. Then it was time to leave Bavaria to return to London.
Another really enjoyable trip to enchanting snow-covered Bavaria. Thanks to Dominique for organising
Contributions from Hilary, Sandy, Gillian, Pam and Sunita
After many years of enjoying walking breaks with the club. I decided that my turn had come to organise a walk weekend. There was just one obstacle to my good intention a complete inability to lead a walk as I have no sense of direction!
Luckily my sister came to the rescue and agreed to lead the longer walks including a walk with her walk club the Nomads. Many thanks to my sister Janet and the Nomads for all their hard work in leading the walks for so successfully.
We all stayed in Lodges in Darwin Forest Park which proved very popular venues for two parties to celebrate both Rochelle and Geoffrey’s birthdays. Continue reading Peak District walking weekend – near Matlock
The Strollers’ report – By Sandy
For the Strollers’ first outing we caught the train to Settle to walk from there to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. On arrival in Settle there was the usual demand for a coffee stop from the subversive element but our leader enforced discipline and we made our way out of Settle into the beautiful, green Yorkshire Dales countryside. Before long we came to a steep hill, which surprised us because we were expecting a leisurely riverside walk. Nevertheless we made our way up the hill with true Strollers grit and determination. Continue reading AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES