Journal

Chasing spring skiing in the Dolomiti Superski

As spring beckons and the piste bashers power down until December, we look back at the closing weeks of the winter ski season in the Dolomites. While I am always excited to hike out and discover fresh powder in the depths of Winter, spring offers great skiing and a far more relaxed holiday. March is a great time to go skiing....
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The Mountain Pass for Switzerland’s Engadine

Musings on the Mountain Pass & walking in Switzerland’s gorgeous Engadine Since a child I have always been a keen walker and I am grateful to my parents for the camping trips and walking holidays, which led me to an Outdoor degree and then to Collett’s Mountain Holidays with whom I’ve been working for 4 years now. I am a firm believer...
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Walking for the Health Benefits

In Summer 2018 I decided to go on a walking holiday. I had recently turned 50 and a recent visit to the doctor had revealed I had high cholesterol. I had heard much about the health benefits of a good walk and so a walking holiday in the mountains was to replace my usual beer and beach extravaganza. My goodness,...
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Skiing the Sella Ronda

The Sella Ronda Ski Tour is 42km long and allows you to explore 4 different mountain passes, the Campalongo, Gardena, Sella and Pordoi, as you wind your way around the imposing Sella Massif. You can ski this circuit both clockwise (orange) and anti clockwise (green), allowing you to take in a great variety of runs and views and cover 4...
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Cycling ithe Dolomites

I’ve just got back from a week at Haus Valentin in Badia and was lucky enough to spend the whole week road cycling in glorious weather. We went on a family holiday with Collett’s in Corvara a couple of years ago, but this time I went on my own, rented a car at Venice Marco Polo and a bike for...
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Walking in Wensleydale:Dales Challenge for our Tuscan Guests

This stoic bunch never failed to walk on their scheduled days remaining a little lower than we had planned but nonetheless getting an honest flavour of Wensleydale, Wharfedale, Swaledale and Coverdale. These hills are not green and lush by accident! Walking in Wensleydale – Eastfield Lodge B&B Each year, the mix of English and Italian friends find a location to host each...
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Tuscany & the Val d’Orcia

Exploring the Val D’Orcia This is just one reason why this area is so special. The Val D’Orcia is steeped in history, from ancient pilgrimage routes to Etruscan hill top towns, this area has it all and the best way to see it, is undoubtedly on foot. Predominantly on easy gravel and clay farm tracks the walking on offer here makes for...
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A Mediterranean walking break

Include bed, breakfast, three course dinner with wine (6 nights) often eaten al fresco, airport transfers to and from Malaga airport (1hr) – and 5 stunning days venturing out on foot in the spectacular Sierra de Tejeda on either an easier/moderate walk or a harder hike. Spring & Autumn Walking Breaks Based at Posada La Plaza in picturesque Canillas de Albaida in...
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A night in a hut with Collett’s

With so many different hut-to-hut routes on offer, and hearing all the tales being recounted by returning hut-to-hut guests each evening, giddy with excitement from their adventures, we decided to find out what all the fuss was about and stay in a hut ourselves. After a little planning we were decided; Rifugio Croda da Lago was going to be our hut...
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Austrian Foodie Favourites – Tyrol

A big part of any holiday and experiencing a new culture is the food and the Tyrol region of Austria certainly has plenty to offer! During a week’s walking in the Zugspitze Arena you are sure to work up an appetite, fortunately the routes pass by some fantastic mountain huts and restaurants to keep your energy levels high. Here’s some...
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