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Organised & Self-guided Walking with a Genuine Specialist

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
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
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 was all hands on deck at our offices in Saffron Walden this morning as we took delivery of our new brochure for 2015. We all left our desks to unload 3000 brochures packed in boxes of 100. It is not always easy to park near our offices but thankfully the sun was shining, so the short walk from the delivery van was OK. Last year we did it in driving rain. Brochures will be landing on your doormats soon if you are on our postal database. Look out for two new features: firstly, self guided walking holidays on a majestic coastal section of the Camino di Santiago and secondly, the addition of local road cycling tours to our daily programme of organised itineraries in the Dolomites.

You can view the online version of the brochure here

For Collett’s Holidays in the Dolomites, Austrian Alps, Pyrenees, Picos de Europa & Yorkshire Dales

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Winter Availability in the Dolomites
Arabba, Badia & Corvara
More snow is forecast in the Dolomites over the next two days. We currently have the following offers in February and March including one apartment in Arabba at Half Term. Snow conditions have improved greatly with a couple of heavy snowfalls over the last few weeks. So if you fancy a week in these magical mountains – on skis or snowshoes – please browse the offers below or visit our late sale page here. Also, we still have just one space left on our Ski Safari for the 7th – 14th February – see the relevant link below.

7 – 14 FebSki Safari – One Place Available – £1395 £1195 £1050pp HB
14 – 21 FebHosted Apartments, Arabba – One Apt. Available – from £610 £495pp HB
Self catering at Half Term in Arabba available form £495 £445pppw
14 – 21 Mar Hosted Apartments, Arabba – One Apt. Available – from £550pp HB
Self catering in Arabba available form £395pppw
22 – 29 MarHaus Valentin, Badia – Four Doubles Available – £610 £549pp HB
22 – 29 MarChalet Angelo, Corvara – One Double Available – £660 £594pp HB
22 – 29 MarChalet Verena, Corvara – One Double Available – £660 £594pp HB
29 Mar 5 AprHaus Valentin, Badia – Three Doubles Available – £610pp HB
29 Mar 5 Apr Chalet Verena, Corvara – Five Doubles Available – £660pp HB
5 – 12 Apr Chalet Angelo, Corvara£660pp HB
5 – 12 Apr Haus Valentin, Badia – Three Doubles Available – £610pp HB

Click here for all our latest winter availability and offers.

Also, we still have just one space left on our Ski Safaris on the 7th of February – Click here for more information.

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At Eastfield Lodge in the Yorkshire Dales – Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April

Click here for more information about our Easter Walking Break in the Yorkshire Dales.

You are invited to beautiful Wensleydale for a walking break in the Yorkshire Dales over Easter. Spend four nights at our luxurious guest house, Eastfield Lodge, which is 300 yards from the traditional market square of Leyburn, the principal town of Wensleydale and gateway to the Dales National Park. Read on…

Each day after a good breakfast, we will venture out on a beautiful walk. Over the three days we will walk in Wensleydale, Swaledale and Wharfedale. After each walk there is time to relax in the hospitable atmosphere and comfort of Eastfield Lodge, where we have 8 delightful en suite bedrooms, a cosy guest lounge and an attractive dining room.

This year our Eastfield Walking break will be hosted by Henry Collett and Jen Sutton. Henry will take care of things at Eastfield Lodge whilst Jen will be organising the walks. As yet her itinerary has not been finalised but here is an example of what you might expect over the four nights.
Thursday 2nd April
Meet at Eastfield Lodge in the afternoon for tea and cake. Then join us in the evening for a pre-dinner drink and canapés before a two course supper.

Good Friday 3rd April
Pennhill Circuit – 530m of ascent – Distance 11 miles
After a good breakfast, we will fill our flasks with warming drinks to see us through our first walk with stunning views of Wensleydale. A circuit of Pennhill with a taste of three dales, Coverdale, Bishopdale and Wensleydale and visiting the waterfalls at West Burton and Redmire Force.
Evening – Two course supper at Eastfield Lodge with wine included.

Saturday 4th April
Fremington Edge – 500m of ascent – Distance 10 miles
Starting from the village of Reeth, we traverse Fremington Edge which provides us with a view across the landscape of Arkengarthdale before dropping down into the valley then back over Reeth Low Moor into Swaledale. This day usually incorporates a soup and sandwiches pub lunch, for which guests pay individually.
Evening – Henry & Jen will book a local pub / restaurant for guests to enjoy a meal together (pay individually).

Easter Sunday 5th April
Gunnerside Gill and Swinner Gill – 550m of ascent – Distance 11 miles
Contrasting scenery from woodland and limestone scars to a dramatic landscape created by the old lead mining industry.
Evening – Three course supper at Eastfield Lodge with wine included.

Easter Monday 6th April
Depart at your leisure anytime after breakfast.
Or extend your stay by one night for £30 including another walk on Easter Monday!

Prices
£345 per person (based on two people sharing a room)
£495 per person (where single occupancy is required)
Price includes bed, breakfast, informal supper (Friday & Sunday), packed lunches (Friday & Sunday). Guests are required to pay for their dinner on Saturday 4th April and a pub lunch on the same day.

A Special Offer to stay an Extra Night on Easter Monday
If you would prefer to stay with us on the night of Easter Monday instead of making the journey home, we are offering this extra night at just £30 per person. Also, this includes a walk hosted by Jen Sutton on Easter Monday. Simply tell us this is your intention when you book.

Interested?
Please book by contacting us on 01799 513331 or by emailing admin@colletts.co.uk

Collett’s Blogs

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer, walker and skier, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a walk, snowshoe itinerary or ski day with her you are sure to be included in her photographs in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here. You can keep up to date with Kelly on Twitter here.

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With so many activities on offer during the summer months, it comes as no surprise that chalets, apartments and hotels alike are bursting at the seams during peak season here in the Italian Dolomites; But what about the low season? Despite a somewhat ‘sleepy’ atmosphere, the Alta Badia comes to life in June as the snow smelts and the South Tyrolean’s prepare to open their doors for another memorable season.

Group hiking on the GR11
The GR11
hike the GR11 in the Pyrenees with Collett's Mountain Holidays
Group hiking on the GR11
Group hiking on the GR11
Group hiking on the GR11
Hiking the GR11 in the Pyrenees
Group hiking on the GR11
hike the GR11 in the Pyrenees with Collett's Mountain Holidays
High level walking in the Pyrenees with Collett's
Walking in the Pyrenees with Collett's Mountain Holidays
Self Guided Walking Holidays in Spain with Collett's Mountain Holidays
Walking holidays in the Pyrenees - Hotel Sabocos, Panticosa
The GR11
High level walking in the Pyrenees
Group hiking on the GR11
Group hiking on the GR11
Group hiking on the GR11

There are a few things that define the Dolomites during June which create a contrasting atmosphere to the rest of the summer months. Patches of snow remain high upon the peaks that glisten in the sunshine; the melting run-off keeps rivers flowing high, filling the natural lakes whilst providing deliciously chilled drinking water found in troughs along the walking paths. The snow capped peaks against the fresh bloom of wildflowers creates a photographer’s playground; add to the scene with vast protruding mountains, quaint wooden huts and a friendly Marmot and you have a recipe for endless photo opportunities.

It is safe to say that temperatures are still quite low during this time and that most people come away on holiday to enjoy hot days and warm evenings outside. It has to be said however, that these cooler temperatures make for perfect walking conditions, especially in the mountains. Whether venturing out on an easier, moderate or high level walk, ascent is non-avoidable whilst exploring the alpine world, and with ascent comes a rise in core temperature – that’s when you can be glad it isn’t reaching over 25⁰!

Imagine yourself immersed in the Dolomites Mountains; do you see vast open meadows, an endless rim of peaks, and quiet towns with hardly a soul in sight? Perfect! June sits outside the annual school holiday and as most people will wait for peak season to take a break, cheap flights and discounts are blindly slipping away. Collett’s offer a 10% discount for the first two weeks of June and offer a full programme of walks in low season for people who wish to join organised days at a time when the mountains are quiet. Self-driving is much more enjoyable at this time of year as the roads are practically empty and the freedom to go further afield opens up a variety of locations. Later openings of mountain huts encourages a memorable picnic out on the hills, something which can we particularly enjoyed amongst the flora and fauna without much disturbance from other walkers.

Local events kick off the summer season with exciting music festivals and cultural activities. Corvara host presentations and exhibitions about the mountains, whilst Badia promote sports events and focus highly on cycling in the run up to the Sellaronda on the 23rd June. The Sellaronda bike day, a 55km ride conquering 4 of the main passes, is free for all to take part starting anywhere on the course, for as long as you want (or can physically manage!) – A fantastic personal challenge for the avid cyclist out there. With one starting point in Corvara, it is possible to sit and observe those partaking whilst enjoying a gelato or a fresh Italian coffee. Let’s not forget to mention the Maratona dles Dolomites, a well-known cycling race which sees serious riders from all over the world take on the mountainous roads. This end of the month event brings with it a ‘pasta party’ and evening music entertainment, not something to be missed.

Arguably the main attraction for a June holiday in the Dolomites is the explosion of colour in the wildflower meadows. The mountains come alive with some of the best floral sites in Europe, with a possibility of seeing hundreds of rare species. A range of habitats including upland meadows and rocky outcrops home beautiful orchids and an impressive composition of mauves, pinks, yellows and reds; creating a botanical array which would come as a struggle to recreate in a typical garden back home. The alpine pastures are at their best during early/mid June and it is the perfect opportunity to head out with one of Collett’s flower walkers. Organised walks are on offer 5 days a week, free of charge – a perfect way to spend a day (or maybe even two!) seeking out the rare Lady’s slipper Orchid, increasing your flower knowledge and practising your photography skills in capturing such delicate subjects. With a perfectly positioned mountainous backdrop and quiet paths at this time of the year, you will practically have the enjoyment of the wildflower meadows all to yourself.

So, if you intend to self-drive during your holiday, wish to enjoy the vast array of mountain paths to yourself and are keen to experience some exquisite wildflowers unique to the area, then booking your holiday in June is a good a time as any.

Thank you letters and testimonials from Winter 2015

To see all of our latest reviews and testimonials click here.

We have enjoyed a fantastic start to this winter season. Thank you for the many photographs and letters you have sent to our office in Saffron Walden and to all the resort teams. If you would like to update us on your recent trip, please feel free to email admin@colletts.co.uk with your letter and photos shared on our facebook page.

If you would like to submit feedback via our questionnaire on every aspect of your winter holiday with us you can do so here – You will also be sent an invite to respond to our questionnaire just after your trip.

Trea Simpson
09-09-2019
Fabulous walking holiday in beautiful Erhwald August 2019

My husband and I have returned from yet another fantastic holiday with Collett's. Outstanding location in Erhwald Austria. Colett's staff team were excellent in their local knowledge of walks and various other pursuits as well as ensuring all guests expectations were met. A fantastic team thank you Kate Ben Anna and Andy for the challenges laughs and stories. A massive thank you to the team at the Sonnenspitze Hotel who provided a first class service. We will be returning to Collett's next year.

Mike Podmore
13-08-2019
Outstanding Winter Holiday

A fantastic holiday with excellent value for money!

John Bennett
26-04-2019
Excellent

Bracun was a great apartment. Marcus was very helpful, and the maid was very good. We liked the sauna, steam room too.

All the team were very helpful, friendly and welcoming.

We’d our own thing most of the time, but enjoyed ski days out with Sandy and Robin, and Julia enjoyed her snow-shoe day with Alex.

Yes.

We have been walking in the Dolomites with Colletts, and we have also enjoyed many ski trips in the same area, so we thought we would try your offer in the area.

Thanks to all the team for our great holiday.

Ingrid Holmes
26-04-2019
Excellent

Very welcoming considering how late we arrived! Friendly and efficient staff and excellent cook. They made skiing without my family most enjoyable.

Joy Middleton
26-04-2019
Repeat Customers

Nothing could’ve been better - Your staff were amazing this year. All of them.

David Giddons
26-04-2019
Outstanding

Ski guiding was fantastic, staff were always available, knowledgeable and eager to help. The whole setup was conducive to a great atmosphere in the chalet and led to easy social interactions with other guests.

Judy Dadak
26-04-2019
Repeat Customers

Clare, Bolton Ben and Ben were all excellent and we skied with each of them twice, they were a pleasure to be with and our holiday was made by them. We were lucky as the resort was very quiet and we had some of the slopes to ourselves! Everything was organised to suit us so we consider ourselves very lucky. Rob did our transfer which was excellent.

We are repeat customers - We have always found the staff to be excellent in the resort so you have definitely got it right with your recruitment!

David Wayne
25-04-2019
Outstanding Holiday

I made a late enquiry. Your staff (esp Peter Critchlow) most helpfully found me a room in Chalet Gumina near to Haus Valentin, with access to the skiing programme and meals in HV.

Have travelled with Collett's several times before and know that I am likely to meet compatible people with whom I can ski - as I come out on my own. Also that the chalet/ski staff are always most pleasant and dedicated.

Michele Corley
25-04-2019
First time skiing in the Dolomites

This was our first time skiing in the Dolomites - the skiing is extensive and the slopes are very well maintained. The local Collett's team were excellent. Their professionalism and enthusiasm greatly enhanced our holiday experience.

Karen Coppen
22-04-2019
A huge thank you

A huge thank you to your staff, Millie, Alex, Ollie, Jim, James and Justin at Haus Valentin. Despite it being a difficult week for them personally with illness and injuries they ensured all guests were well looked after and their holiday expectations met.

Thanks also to Caroline your area manager who managed a large ski group to Cinque Torri and The Hidden Valley with great skill as well as being a delight to be with.

We have had one or two cancellations recently and subsequently we have the following offers in January, so if you fancy a week in the magical Dolomites – on skis or snowshoes – please browse the offers below or visit our late sale page. Also, we still have just two spaces left on our Ski Safaris – see the relevant link below left.

Click here for all our latest winter availability and offers.

Also, we still have just two spaces left on our Ski Safaris on the 31st of January – Click here for more information.

We have enjoyed a fantastic start to this winter season. We still await major snowfall at village level but only for the aesthetic reasons! Thanks to low temperatures and amazing snow making facilities at all levels, skiing conditions on lower slopes are excellent. Higher up everything is snow covered and pistes (and views!) are normal from a skiing perspective.

We have had one or two cancellations recently and subsequently we have the following offers in January, so if you fancy a week in the magical Dolomites – on skis or snowshoes – please browse the offers below or visit our late sale page. Also, we still have just two spaces left on our Ski Safaris – see the relevant link below left.

11-18 JanuaryChalet Angelo, Corvara – One Double Room Available – £660 £399pp
18-25 JanuaryHaus Valentin, Badia – Two Double Rooms Available – £610 £450pp
17-24 JanuaryHosted Apartments, Arabba – Three Apts. Available – from £550 £425pp
17-24 JanuarySki Safari – Two Places Available – £1395 £1195pp

Click here for all our latest winter availability and offers.

Also, we still have just two spaces left on our Ski Safaris on the 17th of January – Click here for more information.

Skiing & Snowshoeing in the Dolomites – Arabba, Badia & Corvara
Upcoming availability and Special Offers

Snow has been falling over the last couple of weeks in the Dolomites and as we gear up for departure from the UK we look forward to the start of the Winter season on the 13th of December in Arabba, Badia and Corvara. We have a few pockets of availability in December and early January that may be of interest to skiers and snowshoers alike!

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Chalet Haus Valentin
Badia
Snowshoeing on the Pralongià Ridge Ramble above Corvara

Over the last two weeks we have been incredibly spoilt with fun and fascinating local events across the Zugspitze Arena. For the midsummer solstice the hills were literally alive; each year local families create incredible images out of fire that burn high in the mountains after sunset. This years ‘Bergfeuer’ was dedicated to the ordination of a local priest, so the mountain fires were of a religious theme with altar tables, crucifixes and even the face of christ appearing on our highest peaks! The ordination itself was a huge event in the village, where a parade was held in the church square accompanied by a large brass band in traditional dress.

Accommodation in the Picos de Europa with Collett's Mountain Holidays
The Picos de Europa
Accommodation in the Picos de Europa with Collett's Mountain Holidays
Organised or Self Guided Walking Holiday in the Picos de Europa with Collett's Mountain Holidays
Potes
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa

Plenty more lederhosen were to be seen later in the week at the ‘Tirolean Abend’ at the Zugspitzsaal, the local community centre. Staff and guests sauntered down after dinner to enjoy an oom-pah-pah band, traditional dance, wood chopping and of course…plenty schnapps consumption! And for those that hadn’t had their fill of schnapps, there was a healthy sized group in presence the following day for the free tour of the local schnapps factory (with tastings!).

To round off the week, we were treated to the Alberg Classic Car Rally, where an amazing array of vintage vehicles were driven through Ehrwald’s main square by well known Austrian racing drivers and other celebrities. The Hotel Sonnenspitze’s sun terrace was the prime location for watching the cars drive by whilst enjoying a nice drink in the sunshine!

Do not worry that you have missed out on all the fun! There is an entire programme of local events that is produced weekly by tourist information- we will always have copies readily available here for you to look at.

Many thanks to Kate for the words and photos. She’ll be sending in pictures and blogging for us regularly from the Austrian Alps! Dafydd has also been supplying us with some beautiful landscape shots of the walking and mountains for our blogs, website and Facebook page – Thank you!

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