Taking to the Hills with North East Guides: Part Two

Having spent the previous evening recovering at the YHA Honiston with hearty slices of chocolate cake and bottles of cider, we returned early the next morning to Scafell, to explore one of the more mysterious-sounding mountains in the area: Glaramara.

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Taking to the Hills with North East Guides

Having spent years hiking along popular trails in the UK, I thought it was time to take things up a notch and start exploring ‘the road not taken’, as Frost would say. To prepare for these new explorations however, we signed up on the Mountain Skills course with North East Guides, ready to learn the ropes – or should that be maps?

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Summiting Snowdon Via the Rhyd Ddu Path

With Mt Snowdon literally on our doorstep, it seemed only right to pay its summit a visit on a trip to Snowdonia National Park. But with a dizzying array of paths to choose from, we went on the advice of our B&B hosts and chose the Rhyd Ddu path to the summit. And it was a wise choice, as getting there was turned out to be as adventurous as summiting Snowdon itself….

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Alternative Walks near Mt Snowdon

Most people flock to the Mt Snowdon area to reach its summit, but just a stone’s throw from the foothill of the mountain lies Lon Gwyrfai. With quiet pathways, panoramic views and abandoned mining quarters waiting to be discovered, Lon Gwyrfai valley offers an excellent alternative to the Disneyland-esque queues going up Mt Snowdon.

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Exploring Snowdonia’s Abandoned Historic Sites, from Castles to Quarries

 

 

If climbing one of the many peaks in Wales doesn’t take your fancy, then why not explore one of its historic sites? With literally hundreds of remains spread across Snowdonia National Park, and some in remote areas,  it is easy to channel your inner Indiana Jones and head into the hills.

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Weekend Walks from London: The Ridgeway National Trail


Once a popular route used since prehistoric times by shepherds and merchants, today The Ridgeway National Trail is traversed by hikers, families and their furry friends – and Londoners. With only a 40-minute train ride between the trail and London Euston station, this 87-mile route features some calf-burning hills, panoramic countryside scenery, and plenty of stops for ice cream and pints – enough to make city dwellers satisfied they have left the Big Smoke.

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Beer, Wine and History in Freiburg’s Old Town

With an abundance of hiking trails and other opportunities for adventure sports in Freiburg and the Black Forest, it is easy to get carried away – but with Freiburg’s Old Town, you will find yourself actively blocking out a rest day to explore the city.

Combining Old World charm with stunning scenery, Freiburg offers the perfect setting for lazy meanderings, sampling delicious delicacies and unexpected finds on every street corner.

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A Lazy Sunday Morning Climb in Kostgefall, Germany

After a weekend of sampling every beer and wine the south of Germany has to offer, we were in dire need of some fresh outdoor air and exercise to clear the hangovers cobwebs.

Luckily our friends had an ideal spot in mind with easy climbs, beautiful scenery and icy mountain water to refresh ourselves afterwards – Kostgefall nature preserve.

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An Outdoorsy Weekend in the Black Forest in Freiburg, Germany


Famed for its environmentally friendly credentials and quaint old town, Freiburg is also an ideal place for a laid-back, active weekend in the Black Forest, as I soon discovered.

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Weekend Walks from London: Grand Union Canal Trail

Only 40 minutes away by train from London lies the Grand Union Canal Walk, a trail that incorporates picturesque English landscapes, weird and wonderful canal boats and more pubs than you can shake a pint at along the route.

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