New Year, New Adventures.

Now 2016 has dawned it is high time we set out some plans for the upcoming spring and summer, and what better way to spend our time and energy than long distance hiking…again! Yes, our GR11 experience has left us more keen than ever to get back on the trail, and we have spent a…

GR11 Week 1: Baptism of fire in the Basque hills

Sunset over the Atlantic from Cabo de Higuer Week 1: Cabo de Higuer- Irun- Bera- Elizondo- Burguete (7 days) Distance: 98km.  Altitude gain: 4400m Our 500 mile long journey along the length of the Pyrenees on the mighty GR11 trail began at dawn from Cabo de Higuer on Spain’s north coast.  After plucking a stone from the Atlantic…

Preparations for the Cumbria Way.

Only 5 days to go before we start our Cumbria Way adventure, a 74 mile trail that cuts a swathe through Cumbria from Ulverston to Carlisle. We will wild-camp along the route and carry all our gear on our backs.  We will be using the new Cicerone guide by John Gillham (supplemented by OS Explorer…

The White to Dark Trail: Easter weekend training

After what seems like an endless winter in the Fens, we were raring to go for our first hike of 2015, part training (for the GR11 in August) and part pure enjoyment. The 4 day weekend lent itself to a 3 day hike and the White to Dark (W2D) trail fit the bill nicely.  The…

Introducing the GR11…

Excited today to receive our GR11 maps….all 46 of them! And with the maps comes the sense of reality, and mild panic- only 3 months to go until we hit the trail on 1st August. Although not as well know as the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trails in America, the GR11 is major long distance…