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In Summer 2018, I hosted walks for walkers on flower holidays in the Picos de Europa with Collett’s Mountain Holidays. When I got there in mid-May there was snow up high and the valleys were warm and arid with an unusual scarcity of flora. This was a problem, as May in the Picos is usually a festival of flora. What was I going to do? Well, I was let off the hook by the rain, which precipitated a quick and wonderful explosion of floral development and snowmelt. But it remained a unique May from the flower lover’s perspective. The daffodils were not as abundant as usual – and the same applied to the wetland orchids. But the Mediterranean orchids that thrive in warm and dry conditions blew my socks off and I had never seen such an abundance! That said, the Pink Butterfly orchids (Orchis papillonaceae) in their thousands took the biscuit.

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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Sawfly orchid Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Sawfly orchid
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Knapweed fritillary Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Knapweed fritillary
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Saxifraga Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Saxifraga
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Rebecco Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Rebecco
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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Bartons orchid Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Bartons orchid
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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Schriebers Green Lizard Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Schriebers Green Lizard
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Lebana Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Lebana
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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Spiny Toad Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Spiny Toad
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Pink butterfly orchid Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Pink butterfly orchid
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - White Storks at Vanes Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - White Storks at Vanes
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Daffodils Peurto San Glorio Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Daffodils Peurto San Glorio
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Spring Gentian Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Spring Gentian
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Any flower walking holiday in the Picos de Europa with Collett’s is likely to feature Lebena in the Hermida Gorge and in 2018 it was a real winner. In exquisite low-lying woodland we were overwhelmed by Mediterranean flower species, thriving in the gorgeous weather. Further up, another wood accommodated deep pink Peonies (Paeonia mascula), which I had never seen in flower previously. Another first for me was the yellow Pyrenean lilies (Lilium pyrenaicum) that typically flower In July. The pastures were unbeatable in their offerings and we stood in awe in front of a backdrop of impressive rock formations. Experiences like these gel a group of like-minded, flower-appreciating strangers very quickly and we were soon a close-knit bunch, bonded by the heartwarming power of a flower holiday.

Fuente Dé is a ‘must-visit’ location for alpine flower lovers – superlative in almost every way. Here the trumpet daffodil Narcissus asturiensis took our breath away because it was so abundant. The Pasque flowers were impressive too. The first to bloom are the Spring Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vernalis) with pretty white petals tinted with purple outside and golden stamens within. After these, we saw the Common Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris, a rare British native) with flowers of deep purple. We also saw Pulsatilla hispanica subspecies rubra, endemic to the Picos with maroon flowers that seem black in sunlight.

I left the Picos at the end of May and made my way to the carpet of Gentians, Saxifrage and Primulas in and around Panticosa, where I was to host flower holidays in the Pyrenees for Collett’s. Nevertheless, my visit to the Picos had confirmed to me that they represent one of the best places in Europe to enjoy high alpine flora simultaneously with profuse meadow flowers, woodland species and an unrivalled display of orchids.

For upcoming dates and holidays – see Flower Holidays in the Picos de Europa for more information.

“…there is a lot for the naturalist to discover and enjoy in the Picos, and we look forward to finding more interesting species next year” – John & Jo Morris

We were delighted to be invited by Collett’s to lead ten wild flower walks in May 2016. We stayed in the very comfortable Posada El Corcal in Tama run by the Soberon family, with meals in their friendly restaurant just nearby. It was our second visit to the Picos, having been shown a number of good flower sites by David Charlton during our stay the year before. However this year we started a couple of weeks earlier in mid May. It had been a cold winter with quite a bit of snow, so some flowers were later to appear than we had expected.

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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Saxifraga Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Saxifraga
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Rebecco Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Rebecco
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Dogs tooth violet Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Dogs tooth violet
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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Man Orchid Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Man Orchid
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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Bartons orchid Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Bartons orchid
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Angels Tear's Narcissus Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Angels Tear's Narcissus
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Grass Snake Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Grass Snake
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Schriebers Green Lizard Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Schriebers Green Lizard
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Lebana Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Lebana
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Flower rich meadow Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Flower rich meadow
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Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Spiny Toad Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Spiny Toad
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Pink butterfly orchid Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - Pink butterfly orchid
Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - White Storks at Vanes Wildflower walks in the Picos de Europa - White Storks at Vanes
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David suggested we visit Lebena early on to see the wild peonies. We found them in full flower during our first walk, along with lots of sword-leaved white helleborines and tall violet limodores in the woodland. All had finished flowering when we went back just a week later, but we were then treated to flower rich meadows with pink butterfly orchids, robust marsh orchids, so many serapias, and my first ever bug orchid.

A similar story of rapid flowering was seen elsewhere. We went up by cable car to the heights of Fuente Dé twice during our stay and the first time there was still lots of snow so few species of flowers to be seen. But we did see numerous tiny Asturias daffodils flowering in the melt areas and we had great views of rebecco, a local form of the chamois, and of choughs and griffon vultures. When we went back to Fuente Dé for our last flower walk at the end of May, the bright blue spring gentians and various pasque flowers all opened during the day. We also found the yellow Saxifraga fellineri , Saxifraga conifera and a tiny Daphne shrub Thymelaea dioica.

There are some spectacular mountain views from the high passes, making the windy drive up to Puerto de San Glorio with its impressive bear statue worthwhile. Here a pine plantation, thinned since our visit the year before, had a carpet of dogs tooth violets Erythronium dens-canis in full flower, along with Hepatica nobilis, to be almost completely replaced by wood anemones by our second visit. Other highlights of this area were the delicate forms of numerous white angel’s tears daffodils Narcisuss triandrus and of the beautiful sand crocus Romulea bulbocodium. There were also good numbers of Pyrenean fritillary and elder-flowered orchids in both pale yellow and purple forms. During our lunch break on this walk we enjoyed a thrilling view of a hovering short toed eagle and later saw red backed shrikes in the scrub.

In the beech woods below Fuente Dé were many plants that I am familiar with from the Chilterns where I work, but with plenty of extra species. These included large pale blue Scilla and other plants which are rare back home but growing in good numbers here, such as red helleborine, herb Paris and Solomon’s seal. In the lower meadows we found a good mix of showy orchids including sawfly and very fresh dull orchids, only to find on a second visit that cattle had been allowed in to one flower rich area, including a sizeable bull, so our exploration was more limited than expected! Nearby, Bartons and Man orchids were in full flower. In wet flushes were colourful masses of purple insectivorous large flowered butterwort, golden marsh marigolds and the tight yellow heads of globe flowers.

In the fields around the fascinating old town of Potes just up the valley from the Posada, where Collett’s is based, there were many other species to see, including lizard, green winged, bee and woodcock orchids. Birds such as swifts, redstarts and black redstarts can be seen flying around the old buildings from the cafes in the centre of town.

In this part of Spain as well as an amazing range of alpine and lowland flowers, birds, butterflies, and amphibians can all be seen in good numbers. We found reptiles such as the spectacular blue headed Shreiber’s green lizard, grass snake and slow worm. Walking the mountain paths we were lucky to come across a rare fire salamander and a spiny toad sitting in a perfectly clear mountain stream. We enjoyed a drive to Vanes to see white storks on their nests on the roof tops of the village by the lake, their comical displays of clacking bills contrasting with their beautiful soaring grace in flight. At a mirador viewpoint overlooking the spectacular Hermida gorge we shared our packed lunch with an abundance of swallowtail, scarce swallowtail and other butterflies, with close views of Griffon and Egyptian vultures.
So there is lots for the naturalist to discover and enjoy in the Picos, and we look forward to finding more interesting species next year.

John & Jo Morris

For next year’s dates – see Flower Walks in the Picos de Europa for more information.

Early snow started to fall heavily at the beginning of November which enabled Dolomiti Superski to open their pistes early this year. Snow continued to fall throughout November and early December.

Overnight we have had another 20cm in Badia & Corvara and nearly 30cm in Arabba – with our winter season starting tomorrow, we are, of course, delighted! There is a further 30cm of snow forecast for Monday – this really is turning into a bumper spell of snow for the winter season and those arriving next week dreaming of a white Christmas will find the reality of a magical winter wonderland!

Current temperatures are between -3° to -14°c which are optimum for piste preparation. The Sella Ronda is open in both directions and there are already 1000 kilometers of piste open throughout Dolomiti Superski. For the last two weeks, our team of ski hosts, snowshoe organisers and chalet hosts have been preparing everything for our first guests imminent arrival. Routes have been studied and checked, snowshoeing itineraries have been enjoyed and glühwein sampled! You can see from our photos and webcams below, just how spectacular the conditions are for this winter in the Dolomites.

We still have some availability for the first two weeks of January on our winter skiing and snowshoeing holidaysClick here for availability.

Photos from the 10th – 15th December 2017

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Live webcams from the Dolomites

Santa Croce

Santa Croce - Badia

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Badia

Corvara

Corvara

Passo Gardena - Looking towards Corvara

Passo Gardena - Looking towards Corvara

Santa Croce

Corvara

Bioch - Pralongiá Plateau

Rifugio Bioch - Pralongiá Plateau - Looking towards Badia

Bioch - Pralongiá Plateau

Piz La Ila - Between Corvara & Badia

Arabba

Arabba

Piz Sorega

Piz Sorega

Santa Croce

Santa Croce - Above Badia

Col Alt & Sassongher - Above Corvara

Col Alt & Sassongher - Above Corvara

Piz la Ila & the Pralongià  Plateau - Marmolada in the distance

Piz la Ila & the Pralongià Plateau - Marmolada in the distance

By Cliff Booker and David Charlton

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new pocket field guide to the beautiful flowers of the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa, written by two of our experienced and well-known Flower Walk Organisers, who will be organising wildflower walks for us in the Pyrenees in June this year.

A sequel to their successful book Mountain Flowers – The Dolomites, also published in association with Collett’s Mountain Holidays, Mountain Flowers – Pyrenees & Picos will contain more than 170 species, beautifully illustrated and arranged by flower colour and habitat, avoiding technical language where possible. It will appeal to those with little botanical knowledge but will be sufficiently detailed to be enjoyed and used by the more experienced.

Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
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Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book

David and then Cliff will be leading Flower Walks for us in the Pyrenees from 4 – 23 June and will visit many of the locations in which the images in their book were taken by David last year. Spring arrives earlier in the Picos de Europa and John and Jo Morris will once more lead flower walks there from 21 May – 9 June, also to places in which photos in the new book were taken by David and Cliff.

These mountains hold a wonderful mixture of flowers from northern Europe and the Mediterranean region. We are proud to be able to offer unique flower guides and walks, not offered by any other publisher or holiday company, that will enable you to enjoy and appreciate these lovely places.

Order your copy today

For a wildflower walking holiday with Collett’s in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa and Dolomites – see Wildflower & Botanical Walks with Collett’s for more information.

It’s almost 20 years since Dee and I welcomed our first guests to the Dolomites. It was a sunny June evening in 1998. We opened a bottle of prosecco, while Dee put the finishing touches to dinner. There were only four of us around the table that night, but Collett’s Mountain Holidays was up and running! Now we are the UK’s genuine specialist for European mountain walking holidays with a unique formula in five majestic destinations. In addition to the exceptional walking options we provide, we also offer flower walks, painting strolls, cycling tours, glacier treks, via ferrata and much more.

We also run a range of other holidays: trail walkers can hike the Camino de Santiago, the GR11 or walk from hut to hut in the Dolomites and Austria; for off season walking try our Spring and Autumn breaks in sub-tropical Andalucia. In winter, we provide our ever-popular skiing and snowshoeing holidays in the Dolomites. Finally, for some UK walking, our gorgeous guest house in Wensleydale is the perfect springboard for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Walk with us: A look back over the last 20 years

Contact us now by phone on 01799 513331 or enquire here.

With half-term and the school holidays over, here in the Dolomites we have had time to reflect on perhaps the most tiring but in many ways the most fun and rewarding weeks of the winter. It has struck me just how rare it is to find an activity that bridges the gap in generations so well. With several parties containing children, parents and grandparents, all enjoying the same wonderful days out on the mountain. We hope that these families have written some priceless memories that they can share together around the fire or over the dinner table in the years to come.

At the end of each day, the sense of achievement on the faces, albeit the tired faces, of the young ones was a joy to behold. What makes the Dolomiti Superski area so perfect for this is the sense of travel. Rather than just going up and down the sides of a valley, in the Dolomites, skiing itineraries usually consist of a recognised route like the Sellaronda or a trip to a particular mountain such as the Marmolada. This means at the end of the day, with the extended family gathered together over dinner, stories of completed routes and journeys pass around the table. More evocative than simply which run and which area, these tales are special memories that can be shared by the whole family.

Family Skiing (& Snowshoeing) in the Dolomites

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The Hidden Valley deserves special mention in this regard. The sense of journey and adventure, capped off by the unique experience of the horse tow, make this route a special one for families to savour together. The ski schools in the area have got hold of this idea too, with the last day of any ski school week reserved for a full day’s trip on one of these itineraries.

With numerous events and ski shows going on around the villages, all with a friendly family atmosphere, coupled with a variety of activities such as snowshoeing and ice skating, a winter holiday in the Dolomites can make for a truly memorable experience to be shared by the whole family.

March 6th, 2017 – Snow fell over the weekend, setting the scene for a great end to the season in the Dolomites. The skiing and snowshoeing is superb, a fantastic treat for all our guests who arrived on Sunday.

We still have some rooms remaining in our Chalets at the end of March on our winter skiing and snowshoeing holidays, starting on the 19th and 26th March – Click here for Special Offers and Availability. Or call us on 01799 513331 to reserve a room!

In 2009 the Dolomites mountains were made into a UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (See more at: https://www.dolomitiunesco.info/) world heritage site. Consisting of nine separate natural park areas covering a total of 142,000 hectares, the Dolomites fall across five Italian provinces. This vast area is now protected and managed for future generations.

The Dolomites are widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world. Their intrinsic beauty derives from a variety of spectacular vertical forms such as pinnacles, spires and towers, with contrasting horizontal surfaces including ledges, crags and plateaux, all of which rise abruptly above extensive talus deposits and more gentle foothills.
– Unesco, https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1237

Skiing & Snowshoeing in a UNESCO National Park

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Unique both in terms of scientific value and beauty, these mountains offer a special backdrop to a winter holiday. For the skier, the views add a new level of enjoyment. For those lucky enough to have skied through the Hidden Valley, passing directly through one of the natural park areas, the Dolomites’ dramatic towers of rock will always stand out in the memory. For those snowshoeing and walking, the chance to take in the panoramas on offer at a slower pace means an opportunity to get more intimately acquainted with the dramatic rock formations on display.

The difficulty in this area is maintaining the economic benefit of tourism to the area whilst sustaining the environment of the mountains. Hopefully the UNESCO status goes some way to maintaining a balance between the economy and the environment, allowing visitors to enjoy the outstanding beauty on offer, knowing it will be preserved for future generations.

Want to experience snowshoeing or skiing in the Dolomites UNESCO National Park for yourself? Join us on a Winter Holiday with Collett’s.

The Dolomites are undoubtedly blessed. With countless stunning walks and snowshoeing routes taking in fantastic views, unique culture and remarkable history, it is hard to mention any one place that sums the area up to a new visitor. With that said, Cinque Torri stands out as location that brings together many of the elements that make a trip to the Dolomites so rewarding.

Meaning five towers, the rock formations here jut from the rolling hillside and woodland of the Falzarego pass. Silhouetted against the skyline as you approach, they make for an imposing sight, jagged fingers pointing to the sky. Up close the towers are even more impressive. The paths wind in between the rocks, the scale of the cliffs and towering pinnacles never more apparent as when you are stood at their feet. They stand above the valley like watchtowers, looking down to Cortina way below in the East, and up to the mighty peaks of the Tofana group.

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It is this commanding view that contributed to the fame of the rock formations here, as they were used by the Italian army as the location for their artillery during the tragic battles of the First World War. As you follow the paths through the towers you come across the ‘open air museum’, reconstructed and preserved trenches, dugouts and gun emplacements leftover from the conflict. Exploring the network of trenches and shelters is especially poignant in the winter. The snow and ice that fill the emplacements reminders of the harsh conditions endured by the soldiers here.

Returning to the rifugio near the towers for a plate of the local delicacy of beetroot and pasta, you can reflect on the mix of features that make this area so special. History, culture, cuisine and outstanding natural beauty all combined into one fantastic walk.

Want to experience snowshoeing in the Dolomites and the Rifugios for yourself? Join us on a Winter Holiday with Collett’s.

February 6th, 2017 – Snow has been falling over the weekend, all through today and is set to continue throughout the week with up to 60cm more by Friday. The skiing and snowshoeing is superb, a fantastic treat for all our guests who arrived yesterday.

We still have some space on our winter skiing and snowshoeing holidaysClick here for availability.

Snowfall in the Dolomites – February 6th, 2017