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the heart of an incredible region of lakes, forests, meadows and mountains that are waiting for you to explore them by foot or on a
bike (electric or regular) this summer.
A DIFFERENT WAY TO ENJOY CYPRUS Located in the Eastern Med, Cyprus may be best known in the UK for its beach resorts, but head inland a little and you'll find green mountains, a richness of birds and plants and a summer full of festivals to enjoy.
EPIC DESTINATIONS The world is full of incredible places that it’s always a pleasure to look at in a magazine and to hope visit one day. Some take it a step further and achieve extreme sporting firsts at these places, so we thought we’d combine the two.
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You may think you know the amazing city of Salzburg, but it’s at
IN THIS ISSUE OF LTMOUNTAINS
SALZBURG: THE PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY
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GET ACTIVE THIS SUMMER IN THE AUSTRIAN TIROL A wonderful region to visit at any time of the year, the Austrian Tirol is chock-full of fantastic places to visit for a hiking or biking holiday. Indeed you can hike or bike right across the region should you wish.
SUMMER GEAR GUIDE
ever better ideas using the latest materials and innovations to produce kit that takes the level up yet another notch. Here we profile the best of the latest on offer in the shops.
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you could multiply the number at least 100 fold, but with limited space we’re focused on five of the best.
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SUP (that’s a ‘stand-up paddleboard’ for those not in the know) and get out into the great outdoors. At Love The Mountains we’re all about the outdoors from spring to autumn, and we aim to give you loads of ideas about where to go and what to do in the UK and abroad, as well as bringing you the latest news from some of the top athletes in outdoor sports worldwide. In this issue look out for our feature spread on Epic
attractions, we decided to take a look at some of the achievements of extreme sports people who have climbed
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up them, dived off them or wing-suited from the peak. If you don’t like your sports too extreme we have less intimidating options too. There can’t be much that's more enticing than the idea of SUPing around the coast of Lake Garda in Italy, stopping whenever you feel like it for an ice cream or a coffee, as Love The Mountains team member Anne was lucky enough to do. We also have a feature of 10 of the best lakes in the UK and abroad if you’re looking for more ideas for water-sports destinations. Or perhaps a trip to the beautiful lakes and mountains of
Austria might suit you better. Here you can go as hard or
take it as easy as you like with a choice of strenuous multi-
day hikes or perhaps a couple of hours on a nice gentle path through the valley on an e-bike. Of course, you don’t have to be super-active to get the adrenaline pumped up. Zip-lining is getting ever-more popular and the lines ever longer and faster with the latest world record breaker some 2km in length and your ride on the fastest reaching over 160kph. You don’t need much stamina for that, just the nerve to let yourself go. We also have other great destinations like CransMontana in Switzerland and the other side of Cyprus from the beach holidays. The choice is yours, but whatever it is, have a great summer!
BRITISH TEA ROOM GOES ON 6000 MILE ROAD TRIP A group of British adventurers have launched on an epic road trip with a difference across Europe. The team have spent less than £500 on their transportation for the month-long, 6000mile journey to Georgia, and as if that wasn’t a novel enough approach, they’ve also converted their vehicle, an aged Renault Espace, into a travelling “British Tea Room”.
The British Tea Room Item List Purchased on Gumtree
Convoy” (GlobalConvoy.com), and has been designed
£425 Renault Grand Espace
to encourage people from all over the world to join the
£15 Tea set
convoy in their own budget vehicles with the aim of
£12 2x Tea cake stand
travelling through Bosnia, Turkey, Slovenia, Ukraine and
£11.45 White bunting
across the Black Sea and through Transnistria before
crossing the finish line in Vama Veche, Romania. The transformation of the back seat of the Renault Grand Espace into a travelling “British Tea Room” also involved a further expenditure of £59.95 on a tea set, two cake stands, bunting, a chandelier, a
£7.50 Table cloth £4 Candelabra £0 Corner Cabinet TOTAL = £484.95
table cloth and a candelabra while a corner cabinet was obtained free of charge. This took the total
The ultra-low-budget tea-room road trip is the
spend to £484.95.
idea of Max White, who describes himself as a
It’s not the first time Max and the Global Convoy
“tea enthusiast” and found the Espace for sale on
team have headed out in budget vehicles. They
Gumtree for £425.
made a successful trip around the world in two
“The amazing seven-seater Renault Espace was real
budget vehicles purchased on Gumtree in 2016–17,
value on Gumtree at only £425 and was sold by an
visiting 46 countries around the world, and have
owner who no longer needed it but wanted to give
continued to hit the road with no plans of stopping
the vehicle a new lease of life! We’re excited to see
the adventure anytime soon.
the places it will take us, and what better way to meet
“We can’t wait to start our epic journey and take the
new people and get to know new culture than over a
British Tea Room on an adventure like never before.
nice cup of tea!” said Max.
Global Convoy is all about breaking down barriers
The trip will see the British Tea Room travel across 25
and showing people that travelling can be both
countries through Europe, beyond and back again. The
exciting and challenging, and our mobile British Tea
28-day journey is part of Max’s wider vision, the “Global
Room is the perfect vehicle to do that in.”
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MORE EXOTIC TREKS BOOKED FOR 2018 Trekking experts Walks Worldwide is seeing a bounce in exotic, long-haul walking trips for 2018: the brand-new small-group walking tour of Japan, meeting the exotic eagle hunters of Kyrgyzstan and the Spice Trails of Kerala are popular choices with adventurous travellers. Key to the success of its long-haul trips is the ability to create varied trekking itineraries without any hidden extras that are rich in nature and culture. JAN KASL / RED BULL CONTENT POOL
NEW SATIAM YOGA FESTIVAL There will be three days dedicated to practising yoga in the “Satiam yoga spirit”, for a well-being weekend in an exceptional setting in the heart of the Aravis mountains. Participants can detox
HIGH HOPES FOR BRITISH RIDER AT MTB WORLDS
and relax with yoga teacher and inventor of this new yoga technique, Katy Misson. There’ll be four yoga classes per day plus workshops and activities. laclusaz-satiamyogafestival.com
LEARN TO KITE SURF IN MAURITIUS
British rider Tahnée Seagrave burst onto the UCI Mountain Bike scene in 2014 with a bronze medal at the World Championship in Norway aged 19.
and five times out of seven in 2017
can separate the winners from the
including her first-ever victory at
losers,” said Seagrave.
“I did make sacrifices of my own
Seagrave, 22, went on to win the
as a teenager, but looking back it
final two races of the season in
was quite an easy choice. When
Canada and Italy last year and is
you want something that badly, the
known as one of the best kite-surfing spots on earth
The 2013 junior world champion
now ready to shine in 2018.
hurdles don’t seem like hurdles.
and is a regular fixture on the annual Kite Surfing
has been a powerhouse on the
“Downhill is so much more of a
The crazy thing is, I’m still in the
Pro World Champion Tour, but the calmer waters
World Cup circuit in recent years,
mental game than it is physical.
early years of my career. I’m still
An endurance athlete has started running
of Kite Lagoon on the western side of Le Morne
making the podium three times in
Some deal with it better than
learning and I don’t think that’s ever
marathons in all 196 countries there are over an
peninsula is perfect for those looking to try kite
2015, four times the following year
others, and I think that’s how you
going to stop,” she added.
The crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean at Mauritius offer ideal conditions for an array of water sports. “One Eye” on Le Morne Peninsula is widely
MAN RUNNING MARATHONS ACROSS THE EARTH
Nick Butter is aiming to raise at least a quarter
surfing for the first time. lemornekiteschool.com
of a million pounds for cancer charities and
Road cyclists targeting the greatest Alpine sportives can now book a Kudos Performance Improvement Training package with ex-pro cyclist coaching that starts eight weeks before they arrive in the Alps, as part of their cycle training camp in Switzerland’s Valais region. After the
set a world record for the fastest time to run a marathon in every sovereign state on earth by HENK MEIJER / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
TRAIN WITH A CYCLE PRO IN SWITZERLAND
the end of 2019.
POUND RISES IN VALUE
goal itself – whether it’s the Etape du Tour, the Marmotte or a charity ride. kudoscycling.com
10KM RUN AFTER HEART SURGERY
the world to form a global community. “My goal is to raise £250,000 and loads of awareness for prostate cancer. Inspire young people to live their dream and make a difference,” said Nick, who recently reached the 1,000th day of his 550-day quest. “I believe we all have a chance to leave the world better than we found
training camp in the Swiss Alps, Kudos Cycling will follow the rider’s progress right up to their season
He also plans to link up with other runners all over
ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE SEA ADVENTURES TO THE SCOTTISH ISLANDS
it, and this is my way of making a mark. Besides from running, I will use my love of photography to capture the trip and share my story.” Nick is making his way around the globe, spending an average of just 60 hours in each
St Hilda Sea Adventures have
and marine ecosystem. The onboard
Signature ship St Hilda is a traditional,
country, documenting everything from race
announced they’ll run more than
policy is that all rubbish is brought
beamy, 16.4m wooden ketch that
prep to the people he meets, and the culture he
40 cruises to the Scottish islands
ashore with a strict recycling policy
was originally built for a crew of 20
experiences as he goes.
of all non-organic waste.
but has been converted for cruising
Nick says he met a man in his early 50s called
heart was fixed by surgeons aged three months,
The company, which recently
St Hilda Sea Adventures offer sailing
with a capacity for only eight people
Kevin who had a cancer diagnosis while
will participate in The University of Manchester’s
celebrated 10 years in business, is
and Scottish wildlife cruises, from
– six guests, a skipper and chef –
running the Marathon Des Sables out in the
Purple Wave one year on from her second open-
an environment-friendly business
Arran to St Kilda from Oban, the
making her very spacious.
Sahara Desert last year, and it was he who
heart surgery. Imogen Davies, from Birmingham,
operating all their cruises on a strict
gateway to the Hebridean isles,
St Hilda is one of the smallest of the
inspired him to undertake his epic challenge.
will complete the 10km race as part of the
“leave only a wake” policy as well
aiming to share their knowledge and
“tall ships” ever built, and prior to her
Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, despite her
as a strict “look and leave alone”
passion for the sea – and life above
St Hilda Sea Adventures days she
numerous health problems. The organisers hope
approach with regard to the wildlife
and below the waves.
competed in several Tall Ships Races.
A second-year physics student, whose hole in her
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GREAT HIMALAYA TRAIL RECORD SMASHED
BIKE BEATS HORSE IN RODEO EVENT
South African Ryan Sandes (36) braved extreme weather conditions
One of the world’s best MotoGP riders took on one of the world’s
to smash the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) record with a new mark of 25
best rodeo riders in a unique challenge.
days, three hours and 24 minutes at the Nepal finish. The trail runner
The “ultimate test of horsepower” saw professional barrel racer
was confident of beating the previous mark of 28 days, 13 hours and
Jackie Ganter on four legs taking on MotoGP rider Marc Marquez
56 minutes set by compatriot Andrew Porter, but had to dig deep
on two wheels. The unlikely high-paced challenge took place at
mentally and physically to do it. The GHT is a combination of high and
Dripping Springs Ranch in the state of Texas. Jackie Ganter is a
cultural route trails with a gruelling 70,000m of elevation gain and loss
professional barrel racer. Barrel racing is a traditional rodeo event
over the Himalayas. Sandes endured sub-zero temperatures, frostbite
in which horse and rider have to ride around three barrels in a
and starvation in Nepal along Porter’s earlier 1,504km route.
cloverleaf pattern in the quickest time possible. She is arguably the
“This has been the biggest adventure of my life but incredibly
sport’s biggest up-and-coming star and burst onto the scene as the
challenging, especially mentally, to just keep going day in and day out
sport’s female rookie of the year back in 2015. At the age of just 25,
for so long. It has been humbling to meet these incredible people. I
Marquez already boasts four MotoGP world titles. Ganter walked
doubt anyone back home would have opened their homes to strangers
Marquez through the sport of barrel racing and then proceeded to
as easily as the Nepalese citizens we met along the way,” said Sandes.
run her way through the course on her horse Gatsby, allowing the
In 2010, Sandes became the first competitor to win all four of the
Spanish motorbike rider to try his hand at beating her time on two
Deserts races across Chile’s Atacama Desert, China’s Gobi Desert, the
wheels on a Honda CRF450 dirt bike. Marquez was the fastest.
Kudos Cycling offers performance focused training camps and guiding based in the Valais region of Switzerland.
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In echoes of a futuristic spaceship, BMX riders Courage Adams (22) and Paul Thölen (19) recently unleashed their array of tricks on a bike park made of mirrors.
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“It looks like a spacecraft. That place looked
Oop 360 among other tricks despite a crash
nothing similar to how it was before,” said
Adams, as he performed unlikely lines playing
“As soon as I saw Mirror Park, I thought it was
with manuals, nose manuals, double peg, crank
surreal and that I wouldn’t be able to perform a
The Mirror Park, built in Pamplona, Spain,
arm and bar-spins in the park.
single trick. Riding in a place like this can only
has been one year in the making, a visually
“It’s a real challenge which has enabled me to
happen once in a lifetime. The real difficulty was
spectacular backdrop to the duo’s stunts.
see my limits and evolve a lot, improve my self-
to isolate my mind from my own reflections on
The park is described as “Your usual tailor-
control and my actions in the street, and keep
the ramps because it was hard to calculate the
made bike park with all the twists and turns
me motivated. I’ve learned there are no limits in
distances. It has not been easy to ride Mirror
you might expect, only that it is completely
BMX, just the ones you create,” he added.
Park but, in the end, it was a lot of fun,” he said.
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SALISBURY TO HOST OVO ENERGY TOUR GRAND FINAL
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Salisbury will proudly show the world that it is open for business by hosting the Grand Final of the OVO Energy Tour, Britain’s leading televised cycle race series, on Thursday 31 May.
clockwise lap of Salisbury also takes in Minster
when the Series titles will be on the line. It promises
Street and Silver Street, passing in front of the
to be a fantastic evening of entertainment – and it’s
historic Poultry Cross, as well as New Canal,
completely free for spectators!”
Catherine Street, Ivy Street and Brown Street.
As well as being an unticketed, free-to-attend
Commenting on the Series’ visit to Salisbury, Race
event, the OVO Energy Tour Series is unique in the
Wiltshire’s first-ever round of Britain’s leading
Director Mick Bennett said: “Given the grandeur
world of cycling, as the focus in both the men’s and
televised cycle race series, the 10th edition of
and the history of Salisbury, not to mention the
women’s competition is on the teams, who battle
which is taking place in 2018, forms part of the
stunning backdrop of the city’s Guildhall that riders
for the overall title based on the performance of all
cathedral city’s recovery from the nerve agent
will pass repeatedly, I cannot think of a more fitting
five of their riders in each round.
attack there in March.
place to host the Grand Final of the 10th edition of
Cycling fans and local residents are guaranteed
Riders will tackle an iconic 1.2km circuit through
the OVO Energy Tour Series.
an evening of fast and thrilling action; in the nine
the city, starting and finishing adjacent to the
“I’m excited to see how Britain’s best teams
previous Grand Finals to date, the men’s Series
market and Grade II listed Guildhall. The anti-
respond to the challenge of a new circuit, especially
title has been up for grabs at six.
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“The fact that you can choose
Dolomites have announced they’re
varying levels of difficulty makes
unveiling three new Bike Beats
the Bike Beats Trails suitable both
– Alta Badia Trails circuits – this
for families with children and young
summer, set up at 2,000m in the
people and all those who wish to
Piz Sorega area, in the heart of
try the thrill of a descent on a trail
the resort’s Movimënt area. The
entirely dedicated to cycling,” said
new tracks are suitable both for
Alta Badia’s Nicole Dorigo. All tracks
mountain bikes and e-bikes.
start and then re-converge at the
Cyclists can decide the level
of difficulty of track they want
Mountain bikes can be hired at
to tackle, as they are divided
the Piz Sorega rental, and an
by colour: green (easy), blue
innovative e-bike sharing scheme
(intermediate) and red (difficult).
means cyclists can hire electrical
These are Country Flow circuits,
Pinarello bicycles at one of several
so trails with no traffic, side railings
rental spots and return the bikes to
and easy/medium difficulty jumps.
a different rental spot. moviment.it
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FOREST HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR DOG
In the wake of its recent agreement regarding the Olympic qualification
Holidaymakers no longer need leave their four-legged family
pathway with World Skate (the IOC-recognised international
members behind, thanks to the introduction of seven new dog-
federation), the world’s most prestigious skateboarding competition
friendly woodland lodges at Landal Darwin Forest near the rugged
makes its London debut at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth
moorland and rolling hills in the neighbouring Derbyshire Peak
District. The Coppice is a luxury collection of seven pooch-tastic
Hosting the opening event of this prestigious tour is a major coup
lodges designed to make holidaying with your favourite hound
for London, as Street League Skateboarding (SLS) and World Skate
as relaxing as possible. Each lodge comes with its own spacious
prepare street skateboarding for its inaugural appearance in the
enclosed veranda, complete with outdoor washing and drying
Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020.
facilities that will prove a godsend for rinsing down boots and
“British skateboarding has held some incredible contests in the past
enthusiastic family members of all shapes and sizes after a muddy
that have gone on to grow and shape the skate scene in Europe – and
woodland walk. For added peace of mind, the outdoor furniture
worldwide. It’s great to see the city of London embracing that rich
is dog- as well as weather-proof. Stable doors separate this pet-
culture by bringing SLS to the city,” said British skateboarding legend
friendly utility area – which also doubles as a doggie bedroom and
feeding zone – from both the decking and internal living space, so
As well as showcasing the world’s best street skaters, the SLS Pro
guests know their animals are safe and secure at all times. There’s
Open London shines the spotlight on the capital’s rich street skating
even a special feature for the human guests: a hot tub.
scene, challenging negative perceptions of the sport and celebrating
A stay at Landal Darwin Forest starts from £749pp based on four
the creativity, physicality and sense of community at its core.
people and one dog. landal.co.uk/uk/landal-darwin-forest-darw
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“BIGGEST RUN IN THE WORLD” SETS NEW RECORD The Wings for Life World Run, back for its fifth year in 2018, attracted more than half a million participants this year.
Welcoming participants of every ability, from
their race is over. One man and one woman will
beginners to ultra-runners, the event has boomed
be crowned Global Champions, but thanks to this
year by year. This year not only did the 500,000th
moving finish line, everyone completes the race!
person to register take part – but also the total
The start of the race is announced via an
Ever since the first edition in 2014, there’s never
kilometres run surpassed five million.
app across the world with everyone starting
been anything like the Wings for Life World
The Wings for Life World Run pioneered the
at the same time, whether day or night, and
Run, where runners and wheelchair participants
concept of people around the world starting at
all with the same goal – to raise money for
across every continent all start together – at
exactly the same time. That scope of participation
the Wings for Life Foundation, a not-for-profit
exactly the same moment – and are chased by a
is what’s made it the world’s biggest run. The
spinal cord research foundation with the single
moving finish line called the Catcher Car. So far
innovative Catcher Car starts “chasing” the
mission to find the cure for spinal cord injury.
participants from 193 countries have taken part.
runners 30 minutes after they start. When passed,
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an amazing playing field !
With more than 8000 kilometers of trails and 300 days of sunshine a year, Valais is a dream destination for bikers looking for thrills. From jagged peaks to wild alpine pastures, picturesque valleys to beautiful larch forests, get ready for a truly unforgettable mountain biking experience!
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MONTANA Hotel +Restaurant Guide
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Once upon a time, gondolas swung into the building, but today it is one of the most spectacular mountain hotels in the world. This former cable-car station offers space for 200 people and bright, ultra-modern conference rooms. Activities such as yoga, mountaineering, biking or meditation are on offer, and there are wellness facilities and a swimming pool under the open sky. The restaurant has 12 Gault&Millau points and is recommended by the Michelin Guide.
Family-run 4★ hotel with a genuine family welcome. There are 24 bedrooms and a suite with balconies and every modern convenience. There’s a wonderful wellness centre including a steam bath, sauna, swimming pool and extensive fitness facilities too. Its unique location in between Crans centre and Montana makes it the perfect place to enjoy the resort. The restaurant is rated 13 by Gault&Millau and offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of local flavours.
Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps is chock-full of fantastic hotels and restaurants. Here are some of our favourites.
CRANS AMBASSADOR The Crans Ambassador is a privileged haven of serenity located in a cosy, timeless setting. Combining luxury, friendliness, vibrancy and the highest levels of service, this prestigious hotel welcomes guests in search of wellness. CRANSAMBASSADOR.CH
LECRANS At LeCrans Hotel & Spa, the landscape takes centre stage. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the resort, it is surrounded by spectacular scenery with magnificent vistas of spectacular mountain peaks from Matterhorn to Mont Blanc yet facing the warm sun. Altogether it’s a haven of peace and refinement. LeCrans’ chef Pierre Crepaud holds a Michelin star. This place is ideal for a treat or a special occasion. You will be thrilled.
Facing Lake Moubra and only a few metres away from the ropes park, this cosy restaurant has a very relaxing terrace with a view embracing the whole resort and the mountain tops. Dining on raclette paired with a beautiful Petite Arvine white local wine is a must here.
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Next to the Crans Cry d’Er gondola and the finish lines of the MTB Downhill trails, Zerodix transforms from one of Crans-Montana’s best après-ski venues during the winter into a lively beach house in summer. The eclectic menu includes beautiful salads and creative wraps as well as burgers and great meat dishes. One of the best is a delicious sirloin steak cooked on hot stone.
A typical chalet restaurant covered in summer with planters filled with blooming flowers and the charm you can only find in the Swiss Alps. Located up on the hill at Aminona, diners can enjoy the scenery and the calm of the beautiful summer while enjoying delicious local cheese dishes and charcoal-grilled meat. After a day hiking or biking, this place is heaven.
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LE MEMPHIS Located right at the heart of the bustling shopping street of Crans, this lounge bar with beautiful terrace is the place where everyone meets. Enjoy cocktails, freshly made sushi and delicious pasta, served until 9pm. It’s a great place for people-watching and seeing the luxury cars go by – it’s all part of the charm of Le Memphis. LEMEMPHIS.CH
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What’s not to love about Cyprus? There are those great beaches, the lively nightlife, the welcoming locals and even a great foodie scene, all at very reasonable prices. But it is a mistake just to think of Cyprus as a beach holiday destination, because there’s much, much more to this great island in the eastern Mediterranean if we stop looking out to sea and instead look to the hills and Troödos mountains rising to nearly 2,000m behind us!
At these, visitors can attend the making of palouzes
Akrotiri Peninsula, Cape Greco, Oroklini Marsh, Larnaka
and shoushoukos, enjoy various grape delicacies, and
Salt Lakes, Troödos and the Pafos Forests.
Cyprus is an island where there’s always something
have fun participating in competitions, wine tasting and
Cyprus has two endemic species: the busy,
happening, and up in the Troödos region the local
“chatty”, Cyprus warbler, Sylvia melanothorax,
villages and tourist board work together to organise
The Apple Festival, from 13 to 14 October in
which can be found all year round, but more
themed events and festivals all year long.
Kyperounta, includes an open-air market with fresh
prominently during spring and summer, in scrub
It’s at one of these fun-filled events that you can learn
seasonal apples, traditional products, fresh apple
and forest areas all over the island; and the Cyprus
more about the rich history and culture of the area
juice, apple pies, apple vinegar, etc., an apple
wheatear, Oenanthe cypriaca, a migratory species
while indulging in the great gastronomy of Troödos.
exhibition featuring all the types of apples that grow
spending the winter in Africa but breeding only
The Dora Village Revivals Festival in the Dora
in Cyprus, competitions for the best apple pie, and
in Cyprus. The wheatear can be best enjoyed in
community square on 27 May is one of the first of the
many more activities.
spring and in summer, “buzzing” from prominent
season, with musical and dance events alongside
Finally, the Zivania Festival in the village squares
song-posts all over the island.
demonstrations of traditional crafts and products like
of Alona (4 November) and Pelentri (11 November)
Unfortunately, due to the persistent problem of illegal
halloumi, palouzes, trahana and local bread.
celebrates this traditional alcoholic beverage made
bird trapping in Cyprus, there are many birdwatchers
The Aromatic and Healing Herbs of Cyprus Festival
only in Cyprus, made there since the time the
who choose to avoid/boycott Cyprus as a form of
follows a week later – the Conference and Exhibition
Republic of Venice ruled the island, around the end of
protest against this issue.
Cyprus may be a small island (although it is the third-
at the Platres Cultural Centre is from 2 to 3 June. Here
the 14th century.
An organisation called BirdLife Cyprus works to
largest island in the Mediterranean), but it has a long
you can learn about the 674 different types of herbs
The two consecutive weekends include
promote Cyprus as a birding destination and in so
history and a rich culture that spans 10,000 years of
on the island and try out herbal food products and
demonstrations of the distillation of Zivania,
doing helps to discourage the problem of illegal bird
human habitation, resulting in a mosaic of different
teas. There are also guided herbal walks, seminars,
promotional kiosks with traditional products, and
trapping on the island.
workshops and more.
folklore, music and dance programmes.
“Birdwatchers visiting Cyprus helps locals realise the
Hidden in the countryside and mountains there are
The Lavender Festival takes place every first
importance of preserving Cyprus’s nature and wildlife
remote monasteries to be discovered, dating back to the
weekend of July, in Platres again; this year it’s
and adds an economic value to protecting birds,” said
fourth century, plus sleepy villages with welcoming locals.
on 7/8 July. This event includes seminars on the
A varied landscape offers a range of habitats to
healing properties of lavender, and there are
enjoy and routes to explore, all within easy travelling
workshops for lavender distillation and bouquets,
distance of wherever you choose to stay during your
culinary delicacies and organic cosmetics, as well as
Cyprus is a really important and special place for
deeper appreciation of Cyprus’s nature and what it has
time on the island.
guided walks with herbalists in lavender plantations
birds on a European and international level. Over 400
to offer to both locals and tourists.”
Of course, you can enjoy the countryside with a
species have been recorded there, so, in short, it’s an
If you’d like to find out more about birdlife in Cyprus
glorious mountain hike or a high-paced, exciting bike
These are followed by various food- and drink-
before leaving the UK, BirdLife Cyprus takes part in
ride – Cyprus has plenty of opportunities for you
themed festivals through the summer.
The rich variety of habitats, from coastal areas to
the RSPB’s annual Birdfair (birdfair.org.uk), taking place
there, along with lots of locations to enjoy some SUP
If you like nuts then the annual Hazelnut Festival in the
wetlands to mountain forests, ensures great variety
from 17 to 19 August at the Leicestershire and Rutland
(stand-up paddle boarding). For all the details go to:
beautiful village of Platanistasa, where you can try the
in bird species all year round. Cyprus has 34 areas
Wildlife Trust, where visitors can also learn about
visitcyprus.com, but it can also be fun to really immerse
year’s freshly cut hazelnuts on 5 August, is for you.
identified as Important Bird Areas, covering wetlands,
exploring nature trails and traditional accommodation
yourself in the traditions and rich natural heritage of a
Local pastry and baked goods are celebrated in the
forest, scrub and farmland habitats in both inland and
options as well as get to know more about Cyprus’s
place you visit, sometimes known as slow, or soft tourism.
village of Galata’s square on 2 September, followed
coastal areas and peninsulas, ranging from sea level to
history and culture.
And there are few place on earth, if any, with more
by the annual Grape Feast – Wine Villages during
the highest peaks of the Troödos range.
traditions and a richer natural heritage than Cyprus.
September and October.
Birdwatching hotspots include the Akamas Peninsula,
Birdwatching in Cyprus
Elena Markitani of BirdLife Cyprus, adding, “We believe that when people visit Cyprus for its nature and its birdlife, they contribute towards cultivating a
Zip lining – what is it exactly? Well, essentially, it’s that most exciting ride in the children’s playground, where you hang on to a pulley beneath a cable as it rolls down the wire, taken to XL dimensions.
You head up to the top of Rainbow Mountain in a custom 4x4, then at the top a series of four dual zip lines take you back down, the fastest reaching speeds up to 100kph as you fly through spectacular scenery. I “don’t do heights” very well and previously bottled out of a treetop ropes course, but I was determined not to do that again, and my nerve actually strengthened when another chap decided to go no further at the
Well, XXXXXXL to be more accurate. Over the past
initial “how you use your harness” instruction session
few years, the wires have been getting longer and
before we even started going up the mountain, and I
longer, hanging higher and higher off the ground, the
experience ever-more exciting as operators around the
The ascent was slightly reminiscent of the ratcheting
world seek to outdo one another.
up of your car at the start of a roller-coaster ride, but
They’re all fairly similar. Apart from being much longer
once my trolley was connected to the cable I actually
(some are now more than 1.5km long) and much
felt very secure, especially with the super-professional
higher (200m above the ground is quite common),
staff explaining everything and checking everything
the big difference from the playground version is that
for me. So I was able to enjoy the ride, which truly
(thankfully) you’re hanging in a safety harness beneath
deserves the description “awesome.”
the wire, not “hanging on”. You can also go much
If you are afraid of heights like me, the best advice is,
faster, with some zip-line companies claiming you can
“Don’t look down, just enjoy the ride.”
reach up to 160km an hour, so those childhood dreams
In the end, the only upsetting thing was that it was all over
of going ever faster can finally come true.
far too soon. All I could do was scream, “Again! Again!”
Indeed, Zip World Velocity in Wales (zipworld.co.uk), which claims to have the longest zip wires in Europe, also claims to have the world’s fastest wires at up to 200kph –
World’s longest zip line opens in UAE
you ride in a superman-style horizontal position. A few years ago, Val Thorens in the French Alps
The UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais (1,680m), has
opened the highest wire in Europe, more than 3,000m
become the new holder of the title “world’s longest
above sea level, and equated the experience to flying
zip line”. Earlier this year, Guinness World Records
like an eagle, and just a few months ago the longest
confirmed the length of the new zip line at 2.8km –
zip line yet opened in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),
the equivalent of over 28 football fields. This beats
at 2.5km long. There’s bound to be an even longer one
the previous 2.2km world record in Puerto Rico by a
full 600m of extra heart-pumping adrenaline. Thrill
I finally got my chance to fly on a zip line at Whistler in
seekers and adrenaline junkies travel at speeds of up
BC, Canada, where Superfly Ziplines (superflyziplines.
to 120kph to 150kph on the line before transferring on
com) operate Canada’s longest zip lines at well over a
to a second 1km line back to the ground.
kilometre long and 200m above the valley below.
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An incredibly beautiful lake surrounded by wonderful mountain vistas, it’s a picture-perfect summer destination. However, there is much more to Lake Annecy than it’s eye-catching beauty, and for active holidaymakers who love the great outdoors, here are five reasons it’s a definite must-visit.
chilly lakes in the UK. Tuition and hire of equipment
visiting, it is clear to see why it is often referred
water to enjoy the spectacle from a different angle.
are readily available around the lake.
to as the “Venice of the Alps”. The canals, lined
The theme for 2018 is “Around the World” and will
with beautiful coloured houses, are truly delightful
celebrate all that this magnificent world of ours has
to explore. Or, take a walk up to the Château
d’Annecy to learn about the area’s history. Explore the markets of the walled medieval town, before
For a different view of the water, visit the famous
stopping for a drink or some traditional Savoyarde
“Col de la Forclaz”. With a bird’s-eye view of
cuisine at one of the many bars and restaurants
the stunning turquoise water and surrounding
overlooking the Palais de l’Ile, the unique former
Annecy has a multitude of cycling opportunities, with
mountains, paragliding here is an experience you
well-kept cycle paths, varied terrain and stunning
are sure to remember forever. Take a tandem flight with an instructor, who will control the glide and identify places of interest or interesting facts about
Lake Annecy is the perfect destination for anyone
the area. Of course, this is weather dependent, so
who loves water sports or wants to give them a go
keep an eye on the forecast!
surrounding landscapes. The views from Col de
Fete du Lac
la Forclaz are even more rewarding at the end of a long ride, but it’s pretty steep (with stretches between 12 and 13%), so make sure you’re prepared.
On the first weekend of August, Lake Annecy plays
For a more relaxing experience, there’s a car-free
for the first time. From wake-boarding and water-
host to an incredible display of pyrotechnics as part
cycling track that runs the whole way around the
skiing to paddle-boarding, the water is often fairly
of the “Fete du Lac”, an annual celebration of the
lake, offering an opportunity for less confident
lake. Almost 200,000 spectators now watch the
cyclists to appreciate the beauty of the area. While
festival unfold, from either the shore or from the
it’s mostly flat, it’s enough to warrant that ice cream
water itself, with hundreds of boats taking to the
flat and warm, reaching around 24°C in summer,
Venice of the Alps’
which makes it a much more appealing place to dip your toe into water sports than some of the more
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The town of Annecy has a rich history, and upon
STUNNING SALZBURG P E R F E C T S U M M E R G E TAWAY
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Ask most people what springs to mind when they think of Salzburg and it could be Mozart, perhaps The Sound of Music, or even more likely the capital of one of Austria’s best winter-sports regions. Zillertal
But the truth is that in summer this
There’s water everywhere too, of course,
nature in SalzburgerLand. Within the
in the form of innumerable lakes and
main summer season which stretches
rivers, so whether you want to paddle on
from May to October there is a special
a lake or fish in it, ride the white water
“Almsommer” (Alpine Summer) when
a fabulous mix of a city break while
The region that surrounds Salzburg WORDS: is known, simply PATRICK enough, THORNE as
down a fast-flowing mountain river,
the mountain huts are all open and
spending some time hiking, mountain
SalzburgerLand. It’s an incredible region
marvel over a magnificent waterfall or
the cattle are up on the mountain. This
biking and perhaps even doing a little
with more than 3,000 walking trails to
just relax in a thermal spa, the choices
season lasts approximately 100 days
paddle boarding on one of the lakes, all
explore, for example – altogether adding
are almost limitless.
each year, this year with its official
in the one visit.
up to some 7,000km of hiking paths.
There’s also a timeless connection to
launch on 17 June 2018.
stunning city, laced with history and culture and located right next to the mountains, is the perfect place to enjoy
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“It’s difficult to think of a more beautiful and refreshing hiking destination than SalzburgerLand, a natural paradise of stunning mountain peaks and crystal clear lakes.”
The 100 days isn’t just some marketing
huts located throughout the region.
The good news is that if 350km sounds
every biking extra you might need on site.
beautiful include the Fuschlsee,
concept either; it’s the time from the
Once summer accommodation for cattle,
way too daunting, you can instead
SalzburgerLand has also embraced
Wolfgangsee, Obertrumersee and Lake
ancient practice of the region’s farmers
they’re now converted into comfortable
tackle just one or two of the 31 individual
e-biking big time – again with hundreds
Zell, but there are many more.
driving mountain cattle up onto the
restaurants and overnight lodgings
segments this hike can be divided down
of places to hire e-bikes and lots of
Running into these lakes are rivers,
mountain pastures to graze at the very
where you can take a break from your
places to charge them up.
streams and waterfalls in all shapes and
end of spring time to when they’re
labours and enjoy some local speciality,
If you like the thought of looking down
For a hike with a tasteful difference,
sizes, right up to the incredible Krimml
brought back down to the valley at the
no doubt made to an old recipe,
on creation but don’t like the thought
Salzburgerland has nine trails known
Waterfalls, which fall a total of 380m
very start of autumn in late September.
handed down through the generations,
of hiking up to the viewpoint, the good
as the ‘Via Culinaria’. Each of these
over three stages – the biggest drop in
and created with only locally sourced
news is that there are many chairlifts,
routes take you to a selection of ‘taste
gondolas and cable cars that can take
addresses’ – places of culinary interest
The opportunities for watery pleasure
You can enjoy everything from an easy
the strain on the uphill stretches so you
on a theme like fish, meat or mountain
are almost endless – from just taking
half-day walk on a gentle valley or
can just amble downhill all the way.
herbs – so a fascinating and delicious
in the view or spending a leisurely day
It’s difficult to think of a more beautiful
meadow path to the most demanding
Of course, you don’t have to walk.
reward for your walking efforts.
fishing, boating or open-air swimming in
and refreshing hiking destination than
multi-day hikes taking you up into the
Cycling and mountain biking are big
SalzburgerLand, a natural paradise of
in SalzburgerLand with thousands of
stunning mountain peaks and crystal-
One of the most famous multi-day hikes
kilometres of trails to explore across
clear lakes where you feel your soul
is the 350km-long Salzburger Almenweg
the area including exciting, lift-accessed
being cleansed as soon as you arrive in
trail, which weaves its way through
downhill mountain-biking runs if you’re
Water is a big feature of SalzburgerLand
rafting or canoeing.
the midst of it all.
meadows and forests of the Pongau
with more than 180 lakes, and some of the
Let’s not forget that water can be warming
For hikers there are thousands of miles
region with waterfalls and mountains
As you would expect it’s not just well
biggest and best in the Salzkammergut,
too. SalzburgerLand is rich in thermal
of well-maintained, clearly marked hiking
aplenty to gaze at along the way, and lots
maintained and signposted routes you
the Salzburg Lake District, just a short way
springs and there are plenty of spa baths
trails to enjoy, with the added bonus that
of those fabulous mountain huts to rest in
can find but also dozens of special bike
away from the city.
where you can indulge in a soak as well
there are 170 certified Alpine Summer
en route too.
hotels and biking B&Bs, complete with
Some of the best known and most
as pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
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the crystal-clear, drinking-water-quality
lakes to getting a little more active, perhaps SUPing or water skiing on a lake or joining a group for some white-water
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Don’t Forget The City
city or take the Mönchsberg funicular
amazing tricks to wow participants and
where a 30-second journey will
(Everyman) on the Cathedral Square.
them all easier to access it’s well worth investing in the SalzburgerLand Card.
24–27 August: Jazz Festival, Saalfelden
Available in 6- or 12-day versions it’s a
22–24 June: Adidas Infinite Trails
If you love jazz you’ll already know that the
handy little tool which provides the holder
out to those many natural treasures of
World Championships, Gastein Valley
famous festival in Saalfelden has been THE
with free or reduced entry to 190 attractions
Some of Europe and the world’s best
place to be each August for more than 30
and events across the region including
Salzburg Old Town is a place of beautiful
runners will be in SalzburgerLand for this
years. If you don’t yet realise you love jazz,
thermal spas, mountain festivals, cable
old buildings, enticing cafes and
top-class Trail Running event at the very
perhaps this is the summer to find out?
cars, bathing lakes, museums, castles,
While we’ve been enthusing about the
elevate you 60m, giving you unrivalled
many natural wonders of SalzburgerLand,
panoramic views across the city and
Salzburg itself is a sensational spot for a city break.
restaurants, open-air squares lined with
A Summer Of Festivals
start of summer.
scenic train rides and much, much more. 9 September: Eddy Merckx Classic
boutiques – in short it’s a place that it’s a pleasure just to wander around.
It can add to the fun of a SalzburgerLand
23 June: Stoabergmarsch24,
Ride side by side with the cycling legend
But the wonders of nature are never
summer holiday if you time your visit so
Eddy Merckx (if you can keep up) in this
far away even in the city centre when
that you can attend one of the numerous
This year’s Stoabergmarsch24, a 24-hour
cycling race that’s in a class of its own
you’re in Salzburg. There are many
festivals taking place in the region all
hike between Tyrol and Salzburg for
through the Fuschlsee region and the
public gardens across the city in bloom,
through the summer season.
hardcore hikers, takes place from 23 to
Salzburg Lake District.
probably the most famous being the
There are, literally, hundreds more
24 June, 2018.
flowers of the Mirabell Gardens.
festivals in SalzburgerLand once the
There’s plenty of water to enjoy in the
season begins. Here’s a choice selection:
city too including open-air swimming
21 July–31 August: Salzburg Festival
Getting To Salzburg This Summer British Airways offers regular, direct flights from London Gatwick to Salzburg.
The SalzburgerLand Card
Running from late July then right through
Choose from great-value hand-baggageonly fares, or why not treat yourself and travel in style in Club Europe (Business),
pools, such as the Leopoldskroner Bad,
7–10 June: Out of Bounds Festival, Leogang
August, the most significant cultural event
Having read so far you’ll know that
which includes lounge access and food
the AYA and the Volksgarden swimming
Europe’s bike park season gets off to
in Salzburg features around 180 operas,
you’re spoilt for choice during summer in
and drink on board. Tickets cost from
pool which are all close by.
a flying start (literally) with this thrilling
concerts, readings and theatre performances
SalzburgerLand with literally hundreds of
only £37 each way, including all taxes.
You can hike up to the castle above the
event featuring high-speed downhills and
each year, including the famous “Jedermann”
different activity options to try. To make
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stunning waterfall inside with crystal-clear mountain spring water falling down the mountain. Paddling further along the coast we quickly reached the famous "Schweinebucht", popular with windsurfers. We then reached the Windsurf Hotel Pier where we had a quick cappuccino break at the bar before the water got busy with windsurfers. The Ora now started to blow gently, just perfect to paddle back to Riva where we stopped for lunch at Spiaggia de Olivo, a very cool bar at the beachfront. There are plenty of eating and drinking choices in Riva, but this place is just perfect as we could take our
Our plan was to paddle from Torbole to Riva del
boards right next to it.
Garda, a bustling town located at the northern end
After lunch we slowly paddled back to Torbole, the
of the lake, with mountains rising on either side. In
water definitely now a bit more hectic so we were
order to return with the famed Ora (south wind) that
happy that we had started so early. Arriving back we
tends to blow in later in the morning, we decided to
hit the Beach Bar for a nice sundowner â€“ a perfect
SUP day Italian style!
Starting at Circolo Vela Club right at Torbole's Beachfront we pumped up our inflatable SUP boards and paddled along the beach, passing the Surf
Segnana Surf Center, where we also met a lot of fellow SUPs.
There is a big choice of accommodation for all tastes
It was beautiful to be out on the Lake so early as
and budgets, but make sure it's close to the lake
the water was super-smooth and the air still fresh.
The beachfront at Riva was very quiet and when we
arrived in the harbour, we took a small break and climbed up the beach to have a quick glimpse at the
SUP and windsurf rental:
historic centre, which is set back from the lake.
We did not stay out of the water long as we wanted to be back before the Ora started, so we carried
on paddling further towards Limone. The coast was
ever-changing and full of surprises, the best of which
was a little hidden cave we checked out and found a
PHOTO: RONNY KIAULEHN | RIDERS: LISA GERTENBACH & VALENTIN ILLICHMANN
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Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is well known for watersports, hiking and mountain biking, but these days Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a great way to see the pretty landscape around the lake from a different angle. You can tour the coast with a few coffee or ice-cream breaks and sightseeing: SUP "Dolce Vita" style!
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Home to the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonia Plain and the Karst, Slovenia is one of the most green and diverse countries on the planet. Slovenians share a love for nature and outdoor activities with opportunities for adventures throughout the year, from the beautiful coastline to hiking in the Julian Alps, kayaking in the upper Soča valley, and skiing the awesome mountain peaks of Kranjska Gora.
The newly re-opened Planica Nordic Centre boasts the world’s steepest zipline, a 566m long adventure that allows adrenaline seekers to experience the feeling of ski jumping off the world’s longest flying hill. Slovenia is the perfect active holiday destination for everyone!
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Tour de Troops
Mountain of Hell
The Tour de Troops is a five-day endurance Land’s End-to-
USA. FIBArk stands for “First in Boating the Arkansas”—
Les 2 Alpes, France. The MTB event that has been going
John o’Groats cycling challenge that’s part of the Captain
it’s a three-day festival held in Salida, Colorado, that
from strength to strength for the past 19 years. Around 700
James Wadsworth Challenge, in aid of military charity The
started in the 1950s after two friends bet each other
experienced mountain bikers line up at the highest start
Felix Fund, which raises money and awareness to support
who’d win a race from Salida to Cañon City on the
line for an MTB competition (3,400m) and descend over
the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community.
Arkansas River. fibark.com
snow, stones, rock, banks and undergrowth 2,500 vertical
The areas of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast are building up their reputation as adventure tourism destinations.
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ADVENTURES ON THE MEXICAN COAST
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Vallarta Adventures (vallarta-adventures.com/ en/) offer everything from jungle safaris to zip lining through the Sierra Madre Mountains. For an adventure off the beaten track, head to Altavista, home to one of the largest-known concentrations of ancient stone engravings.
NEW CYCLING PACKAGES IN SLOVAKIA Jasna Adventures has launched new summer
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cycling packages for mountain bikers and road cyclists in and around the mountain resort of Jasna. Known for its value-for-money ski offering, the mountain bike terrain around Jasna includes a combination of lift-serviced downhill riding, single
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track and cross-country trails. Packages include accommodation, cooked breakfast, guided MTB cycling, on-call road support, transfers and more. jasnaadventures.co.uk
MINDFULNESS & WELLNESS DAY RETREAT The Elan Spa at Mallory Court, Warwickshire’s newest spa, has launched a new wellness retreat. Learn how to live in the moment, nurturing awareness of your body, mind and emotions
The 2018 Tour de France will be the 105th
USA. One of the longest-established ultra trail runs,
The massive Crankworx World Tour culminates at its home
through the practice of mindfulness. Experience
edition of the 21-stage Tour de France, one
or “endurance run” as it prefers to be called, the first
base of Whistler for the 15th year, having seen riders
mindful eating, guided breathing, meditation and
of cycling’s three Grand Tours. The world’s
Hardrock race was staged more than 25 years ago in
perform the extraordinary and launch into the realm of the
best cyclists will compete over a total
1992. It’s 161km long and involves just over 10,000m of
unimaginable, riding faster, climbing further, flying higher
distance of 3,329km.
vertical climbing. hardrock100.com
and going bigger than previously thought to be possible.
walks to lift your spirits. The Mindfulness and Wellness Day Retreat costs £185pp. mallory.co.uk
NEW ALPINE COASTER OPENING IN TIROL The new Alpbachtaler Lauser Sauser alpine coaster on the Wiedersbergerhorn Mountain in the Alpbachtal Valley opened in May, just in time for summer. The raised track ride starts at an altitude
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Enduro World Series Finale
Chamonix, France. One of the world’s toughest ultra
Ligure, Italy. The eighth and final leg of
The 51st staging of the OMM (Original Mountain
trail races, with a choice of five courses this year
the Enduro World mountain biking series
Marathon) will see more than 1,000 people take to
including the original UTMB® at 171km with 10,000m
rolls into Italy after stops in Canada, Chile,
the hills. This year the organisers have so far said
of vertical climbing and others from 40km/2,300m
Colombia, France, Italy, Spain and along the
that the daddy of mountain marathons will take
vertical climbing to 300km/26,000m vertical
Austrian/Slovenian border since the tour
place in the southwest of England. They’ll tell us
started in March.
exactly where in late September.
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of 1,845m – descends more than 134 vertical metres over two jumps and through two 360° twists – and reaches speeds of up to 42kph. At the end of the ride, the coaster carries passengers (and the sledge) back to the top. visittirol.co.uk
NEW ART RETREATS IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES L’Ancienne Post, Avajan, a luxurious catered chalet
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in the French Pyrenees, is running two Art Retreats in September. The seasons in the Pyrenees mountains are simply stunning with its constantly changing light and colours, and artists will be inspired and uplifted by the sheer beauty of our natural surroundings. The seven nights’ holidays with resident artist Jacqueline Williams, and host James Dealtry to look after you, costs €999pp (around £880pp). ancienneposteavajan.com @LTMOUNTAINS
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The world is full of amazing destinations, many of which we’ve noted down for our “must-seesometime-in-our-lives” personal destination bucket list.
an amazing mountainscape just isn’t enough; they have to do something
while they’re there that no one has
Tanzania’s ice glaciers years ago. He
gone in as little as five years.
hadn’t set an urgent deadline to do so
Faced with the daunting first task
until he learned that more than 90% of
of acclimatising to the altitude, Will
done before – often involving a kayak,
Kilimanjaro is a favourite for charity treks,
the ice on top of Kilimanjaro had already
commented, “At 6,000m it’s challenging
a mountain bike, ice crampons or some
but at 5,895m high this dormant volcano
to even walk. Even before we reached
other piece of extreme sports kit.
is no walk in the park.
In fact, the entire 20km2 peak of Africa’s
the glaciers, I was gasping for air like
So here we profile 10 of the world’s most
National Geographic Adventurer of the
tallest mountain was once covered
a fish out of water. We would have to
amazing places, spread across seven
Year, Will Gadd, had long been on a
with ice, but intense melting has left
collapse just to breathe sometimes.” This
For some people, though, just going
continents, and also some of the sports and
quest to climb ice on every continent
behind nothing but a handful of rare ice
was special and extremely important
to look at an incredible waterfall or
adventure achievements made at them.
in the world, and had decided to climb
formations that will likely be completely
because it was the last ice of its kind. I
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felt so very lucky to be there.”
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Ireland, Europe You’ve seen them in films as The Cliffs of Insanity (inconceivable…) in The Princess
Bride and as the setting for Harry
some dives by the cliffs, believed to
Bonifay, Adam Errington, Cutun Martin
a bit for the first 30 or 40 feet, but then
“The ground in Cappadocia has been
be the first cliff dives in an area where
and Tomas Karagozian went to Argentina
the water takes over,” he explained.
hardened by wind and rain over many
usually Atlantic puffins and more than
to attempt the feat, successfully writing a
20 other bird species fly high above
new chapter in wakeboard history.
Argentina, South America
USA, North America
bicycle track. It is extremely challenging
for doing tricks, but the incredible
chimneys and other rock formations are so beautiful. It's like nature designed the
With its name meaning “Land of Beautiful
perfect place for my sport.”
Horses” in Persian, Cappadocia has been Standing an incredible 57m tall,
a cultural crossroads between Europe and
horcruxes, but the entirely vertical cliffs
Southern Patagonia is a beautiful area
the Palouse Falls in the US state of
Asia since the first settlers arrived in the
on the Irish west coast, including the
with locations like the Torres Del Paine
Washington are even higher than the
region during the first Palaeolithic era.
fabled blowhole of Serpent’s Lair on
national park that boast incredible
legendary Niagara Falls.
Multi-world champion Petr Kraus from the
Inis Mór, are part of a UNESCO Global
mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers.
Extreme kayaker Rafael Ortiz recently
Czech Republic spent 10 days exploring
Iceland is a waterfall kayaking mecca. It
Geopark. The cliffs stretch for five
People visit to hike the partial or full
paid them a visit – and became only the
the UNESCO World Heritage Site in
is an island with a huge glaciated ice cap
miles as the crow flies, reaching their
circuit around the remarkable granite
second person ever to paddle over the
Central Anatolia on his bike.
in the middle that melts during spring
maximum height of 214m, just north of
peaks and just take in the amazing views,
edge. The impact of hitting the churning
“The thing that makes Cappadocia so
and summer months sending waterfalls
the 1835-built O’Brien’s Tower.
but until 2013 no one had ridden the
white water at the bottom was so
beautiful is the struggle of volcanic rock
off in every direction towards the sea.
Last summer, Australian Rhiannan
glacier-filled waters of Patagonia on a
intense that the Mexican was catapulted
against wind and water. I found something
Aldeyjarfoss is Iceland’s most famous
Iffland and Britain’s former Olympian
out of the kayak.
of myself in the beauty of Cappadocia,”
waterfall in Kayaking circles and for a few
Blake Aldridge decided to perform
On their trip five years ago, Parks
“You can steer the kayak with your body
explained Kraus, who continued,
years from 1996 held the Guinness World
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millennia and today resembles a huge
Record for the highest free fall in a kayak.
means “the wolf's tooth” in Norwegian) a
session” covering four pools with a total
Paredes decided to dive off it, launching
Shaun Baker broke the world record for
sharp peak first mapped in the 1950s and
length of 80m.
themselves from a spray-soaked ledge
the longest free fall there then when he ran
climbed in 1994.
Respect for the environment was a
in the shadow of Victoria Falls, whose
the 19.8m drop. It has only been paddled
Rosov is reported to have flown for 45
priority, the team insist, saying they
indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya, "the
by a handful of kayakers and is renowned
seconds before deploying his parachute.
made certain that the plants and wildlife
Smoke that Thunders". They first attempted
for dishing out serious beatings including
weren’t disturbed during the event.
lower jumps (21m, 22m and 24m) before
Mount Bromo is perhaps the most well-
"The whole project was a real adventure
tackling the ultimate 30m dive.
known volcano in East Java's Bromo
for us and the team. It is still incredible
Both usually dive from a height between
Tengger Semeru National Park, thanks to its
that we were wakeskating at such a
26.5 and 28m when competing on the Red
accessibility and epic sunrise views. Three
fascinating place!" commented Brian.
Bull Cliff Diving World Series. With 13 world
years ago, Austrians Dominic Roithmair
You may not have heard of the Banaue
titles and two Guinness world records,
and Marco Fuerst went to skydive with the
rice terraces of the Philippines, nor of
Colombia’s Duque has already dived near
Indonesian flag over the active volcano.
the Statue of Liberty and off a 28m-high
“You can't feel the heat,” said Marco
tree branch deep in the Amazon jungle.
Waltenspiel, one of the pilots of the plane
Mexico’s Paredes won his first World
the pair jumped from, "but you can smell
BANAUE RICE TERRACES
The Philippines, Asia
BROMO NATIONAL PARK
East Java, Indonesia, Asia
a sport called “wakeskating” but the
windiest, driest, and highest of the seven
famous rice terraces of Banaue are
continents. This desert continent is,
one of those places sometimes named
however, stunningly beautiful and home
“the Eighth Wonder of the World”, and
It’s the world’s largest waterfall by total
Series stop in 2015 and recently placed
to millions of penguins.
wakeskating seems to be a lot like
area. Located between Zambia and
second at the High Diving World Cup.
Dominic and Marco leapt out of a
In December 2010 it also received
wakeboarding but on a smaller board.
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is a sightseeing
“Diving in a place like this just shows you
helicopter at over 4,000m for the scenic,
a visit from Russian Valery Rozov as
Professional wakeskaters Brian Grubb
classic, transporting an astonishing 1,088m3
the power of Nature,” said an ecstatic
stunning flight down to the volcano, which
part of a BASE Jump Expedition to the
and Dominik Preisner travelled there for
per second of water down an 110m cliff.
Duque straight off the water after a
sits 2,200m above Jakarta.
2,830m-high Ulvetanna mountain (which
what was described as “an epic winch
Cliff divers Orlando Duque and Jonathan
CONTE ED BULL LES/R IS VIDA
Zambia & Zimbabwe, Africa
Antarctica is on average the coldest,
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St Anton am Arlberg
Mountain bikers will find 350km of marked routes to enjoy, either using their own pedal power or the e-bike option. Both kinds of bike,
St Anton already boasts a fantastic network of 300km of well-marked trails
and all the assistance you might need, are available from numerous
of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty for everything from a relaxing
rental shops. Trails are classified blue (easy), red (moderate) or black
afternoon stroll to the most hardcore of hikes up to (or down from) the
(tough) with routes leading over mountains, meadows and romantic
region’s highest peak, the Valluga (2,811m). A network of fast, comfortable
lifts whisks you up the slopes if you prefer the downhill option.
The answer to your conundrum is to head to the Austrian Tirol, a
This summer the Galzig Panorama Trail can be easily reached, too, via a new
wonderful region of lakes, mountains, rolling hills and lush valleys
cable car. Here the whole family can learn about the Arlberg’s fascinating
where you can truly relax. You’ll have magnificent views at every turn,
history at the lovingly designed “Erlebniswelt – Adventure World”.
If you’d like to mix it up a little and stay in one of the world’s
and there’s a new hiking route (an incredible 24,000km of marked
One end of the Tirolean “Eagle Walk”, an iconic 413km long-distance
most beautiful cities, with its wonderful Old Town lined with cafes
hiking trails in fact) or mountain biking route (5,600km of designated
hiking trail, is located at St Christoph, St Anton’s neighbour. The route
and boutiques, but still be surrounded by mountains and wild
mountain bike tracks to ride) around every corner.
traverses the entire province in 24 stages and it’s possible to do as
nature, Innsbruck is your answer, as it combines Alpine and urban
If you want, you can just spend your holiday hiking or biking from
many or as few sections as you like, and take a more challenging or
place to place, but where to go first?
easier route, keeping everyone happy.
You can, for example, jump on the Hungerburgbahn hybrid funicular
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railway, designed by late architect Zaha Hadid, that starts in the city centre
tastes and ability levels from beginner to expert, and there are also plenty of
and 20 minutes later you are on top of the Nordkette mountain (2,000m) in
e-bikes to hire, along with many strategically spaced battery-charging points.
high-Alpine terrain where you might tackle the Götheweg hiking route along the summits of the mountains.
If you’d like a little guidance on your route, Innsbruck offers a mountain-
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena Located on the Austrian Tirol side of the border from Germany’s highest peak, the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is an area that’s home to more than 150 hiking trails of various levels of difficulty. There’s a wide range of guided
hiking programme Monday to Friday from June until October with different
The new Three Day Alpine Pasture Tour in Alpbachtal Valley takes trekkers to
hikes too, with everything from sunrise to sunset tours all the way to
three- to four-hour hikes offered completely for free to hotel guests.
the most beautiful spots between Reith, Alpbach and Inneralpbach. It’s part
the orchid or herbal hikes – the trails lead to green hillsides, impressive
For cyclists and mountain bikers, the Innsbruck region with its picturesque
of 900km of marked hiking trails in the region. The three-day tour is perfect
waterfalls and mysterious mountain lakes.
villages is a true Mecca, offering a wide spectrum of routes suitable for
for families or those new to the sport, while more ambitious hikers can try the
Mountain bikers can select their personal favourites from more than 100
all. These range from gentle cycle paths along the river Inn to challenging
Four Day Tour across the Brandenberg Alps and Rofan mountain range.
signposted trails on the online trail portal. Those looking for a gentler ride
tracks through steep Alpine terrain. The “Genuss Radweg” culinary cycle
For those on two wheels there are more than 20 well-marked mountain bike
might opt to ride to the Heiterwanger See lake, while those seeking a
tour is a particular favourite for those who prefer a more leisurely route, as is
routes. Along with challenging runs for experts there are gentle meadow
greater challenge might choose the free-ride trail on Grubigstein in Lermoos
renting e-bikes, which are widely available.
paths, mountain trails and rambling cycling routes ideal for e-biking. For
with its jumps and obstacles.
From 22 to 30 September the Road World Championships will be in town
road cyclists there are 22 tours to choose from that start centrally from
featuring the 1,000 best male, female and junior road cyclists who will come
Rattenberg, one of the stages on the 2018 Road World Championships. The
together for a showdown in Innsbruck. Around 400,000 spectators are
use of summer cable cars and of the regional bus service is included in the
expected in the city and along the race routes.
Alpbachtal Seenland Card.
St Johann in Tirol
St Johann is located at the other end of the famous long-distance Eagle’s
Kitzbühel has a proven track record as a true hiking, cycling and mountain
history and the fauna and flora.
Trail to St Christoph, but it’s just one of many hiking trails in the region –
biking paradise and now has more than 1,000km of well-signposted hiking
The gentle walk to the Filzmoos Moor is ideal for families, taking you
there are over 200km of trails altogether.
trails of all levels of difficulty.
through some thriving wildlife habitats. Keep an eye out for frogs,
The 79km Koasa long-distance trail, divided into five stages and covering
There are all types of walks to enjoy around Kitzbühel, whether along the banks of
dragonflies, butterflies and songbirds as you traverse the soft grasses of the
3,750m of altitude difference, takes you in a big circle around the region.
the streams in the village or high up in the Alpine meadows at over 2,000m, with
Alpine meadows. Weather permitting, you can even take off your shoes and
But there are many other well-signed hiking paths and forest trails and
the majestic mountain backdrop of the craggy peaks of Wilder Kaiser mountains.
walk barefoot. The Niederau Open Air Band Concert is another favourite for
themed walks, where nature lovers can hike over Alpine pastures, conquer
Special themed hikes, unique to the village, include the self-explanatory
all during your stay in the region.
high mountain peaks, explore wildly romantic mountain lakes and waterfalls
Horngipfel breakfast sunrise walk to the Kitzbüheler Horn. You can also
Hikers can use the free Wildschönau Card and take the cable car to the
or climb through gorges and canyons.
enjoy culinary treats at the high-altitude Hornköpfl.
peak of Markbachjoch at the heart of the Tirolean Alps en route to the
Natural spectacles here include the Grießbach Gorge in Erpfendorf and the
For a summer experience of Kitzbühel’s famous winter-sports racing
beautiful Rosskopf peak. Here a four-hour hike around the mountain is a
Kaiserbachtal Valley nature conservation area.
heritage, there’s a Streif biking or hiking route to see the course where the
great introduction to the area, with awe-inspiring views over the valley and
In addition, several hundred kilometres of cycle and mountain bike paths run
world-famous Hahnenkamm is run each January, or to the Seidlalm where
an opportunity to stop off at the Holzalm mountain hut where you can enjoy
through the region’s Kitzbühel Alps. Again, there are tracks and trails for all
the Alpine Skiing World Cup was first run in 1966.
homemade cheeses produced by the local master cheesemakers.
Wildschönau Wildschönau is a haven for hikers, with 300km of walking trails. Guided walks are offered from Monday to Friday showing guests the most picturesque spots on partially easy and partially challenging routes, but all in the safe hands of a local guide who imparts fascinating facts about local
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When you’re looking for a stunningly beautiful base for your summer mountain holiday, it’s hard to beat Switzerland. Here the still snow-capped mountains rise higher, the green valleys are as lush as they can possibly be and the vistas are, well, just breathtaking.
A Network of 200km of Road Cycling Routes From the Rhône Valley to Alpine passes, a network of 200km of road routes, carefully planned by Tour de
views of the Valais Alps, and to take advantage of the
the different local wines.
proximity of other courses in the valley, such as those
If you want a strongly wine-themed mountain holiday,
of nearby Sierre and Sion.
there are also special wine events, such as the Wine
A Hiking Paradise
France regular Steve Morabito, await you, in order to
and Local Produce Fair in March, the Open Cellars in May and the Temps du Cornalin event in September. But whenever you visit you also have an opportunity
explore the wealth of nature in the region.
The possibilities for walks in the region are infinite.
to plunge yourself into traditional “savoir-faire”, meet
These divide into 10 routes of varying intensity, all allowing
Alongside a stream or a lake, in the forest or mountain
passionate producers and even help with the grape
you to immerse yourself in the surrounding countryside in
pasture, a wide network of 300km of clearly marked
harvest if you wish.
all of its diversity. The roads lead you past vineyards, lakes,
and maintained paths delight nature lovers.
A glass of local wine, a fondue and breathtaking views
picturesque villages and even Alpine pastures.
The Valais region is famed for its “bisses” – historic
– isn’t that the definition of happiness?
As well as a reputation for normally sunny weather, if
irrigation channels – and many walks run at the side
And none more so than the spectacular region that
you’re after some added excitement on your cycling
of these. Why not opt, for example, for the Bisse du
surrounds Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps. With its lakes,
holiday, the area also offers several events for cycling
Tsittoret, an irrigation canal constructed in the 15th
forests, glacier and vineyards, the region has something to
fans, such as Cycling for Children, a race organised by
century, which is known as it is a magnificent walk, with
offer every nature and mountain-sports lover.
UNICEF in June, and the Tour des Stations, which takes
gentle slopes that are accessible to everyone.
In Crans-Montana, plenty of mountain huts and
Stretching from the Rhône Valley right to the Plaine
place in the month of August.
You’ll be using your calf muscles at the beginning,
restaurants will be happy to welcome you for traditional
but you’ll quickly forget the effort when you see the
dishes such as raclette or Valais platters, served with rye
magical views that the region has to offer.
bread and the highly renowned local air-dried meat.
A stop at the Colombire Eco-museum will provide you with
Quality local produce, lots of food and wine events, and
a chance to catch your breath, while also learning a bit
passionate local artisans and chefs illustrate the riches
Morte Glacier at 3,000m, Crans-Montana is a sunny region with a breathtaking view over a string of mountain peaks that unfold from Bietschhorn to Mont
One of the Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the World
Blanc via the Matterhorn.
Gastronomy Touches the Mountaintops
Sports fans, too, will be delighted to discover a large
Crans-Montana is a prime golf destination. Over a century
more about the history and organisation of life in a “mayen”.
of the region’s gastronomy. Indeed, Crans-Montana is
array of amenities dedicated to sporting activities,
of tradition has forged the destination’s reputation
Along the route of this pretty walk, several restaurants
delighted to have two Michelin-starred establishments
while cultural devotees will enjoy the wide range of
worldwide, alongside its famous courses, the Severiano
are waiting to welcome you for refreshments, and
among its many restaurants, Franck Reynaud’s Hostellerie
museums, events and festivals.
Ballesteros (18 hole) and the Jack Nicklaus (9 hole).
there’s even a chance to taste a few local cheeses.
du Pas de l’Ours and LeMontBlanc by Pierre Crepaud.
In fact, Crans-Montana combines all the benefits of the
One special treat is Hole Number 7 on the Severiano
urban lifestyle within a mountain setting, with a wide
Ballesteros course, which is widely considered one of
selection of restaurants ranging from mountain huts to
the most beautiful in the world. It offers 180° views over
award-winning restaurants, numerous boutiques and
the neighbouring summits, and the magical Weisshorn.
shops, a wellness centre, a variety of entertainment and
A chance to reach new heights!
Thanks to its soil, and especially its sunny weather,
But if you’re ready for a culinary round-the-world trip,
a vibrant nightlife.
In September many golf lovers congregate for the
Crans-Montana is an ideal region for growing grapes.
you’re in the right place! For a change of scene, you
Here are five reasons why Crans-Montana is the place
Omega European Masters, now in its 72nd year,
Both modern and rustic cellars, all of them very
have the opportunity to enjoy a Lebanese, Japanese,
to spend your summer mountain holiday:
but others are simply happy to enjoy the wonderful
welcoming, will open their doors to introduce you to
Argentinian or Italian meal too in Crans-Montana.
A High-Quality Wine-Producing Region
Thanks to their incredible talent, these two French chefs, Valaisan by adoption, interpret with great delicacy all the different flavours to be found in the local produce.
The world is full of lakes of are roughly 109,610km2 of them some have a bigger reputatio particular type
There are features on Lakes Garda and Annecy elsewhere in this magazine, but here we detail 10 more of the world’s great lakes worthy of your attention.
Ullswater Lake District, England At nearly 13km long, Ullswater is a seriously big stretch of water which has a big lake feel
Southwesterly winds typically funnel down
2,120m long and 1,380m wide, is the most
frame and skill level. For those looking for
vast it is virtually an “inland sea”. Fringed
the lake, creating downwinders, 48kph winds
popular of all, an Alpine lake that is home to
a shorter trip, the west side of the circuit
by beaches of golden sand it is not only a
which generate a metre-high rolling wave
Slovenia’s only island. Traditional wooden
can be paddled in two to four days. It is
scenic wonderland but a popular destination
that’s easy to ride. It usually begins at the
boats – pletnas – have been taking visitors
recommended that those who attempt the
for sailing, including in a traditional wooden
Steamer Pier car park in Glenridding village
to the island in the middle of the lake for
circuit have some wilderness canoeing
dhow, as well as other activities like scuba
and finishes at Pooley Bridge in the north.
centuries. These boats are operated by
experience. Spectacular views meet you
Ullswater Paddleboarding rent
standing rowers known as pletnars – were
around every corner on the route, from
boards and offer guided tours.
these the first SUPers? bled.si
the very first in the Kibbee Lake channel.
Lake Bled Slovenia
Bowron Lakes Canada Technically not one lake but many, the
Lake Malawi Africa
Weissensee Austria Austria is full of crystal-clear lakes (see our Salzburgerland and Tirol features). This makes them great for scuba diving,
about it. With the mighty Helvellyn Mountain
Slovenia, a small nation with a population
Bowron Lakes circuit is a famous route for
The jewel in the crown of Malawi’s many
and while that’s not an activity permitted
towering above, its impressive scenery really
of just two million, is one of the most water-
canoes and kayaks which encompasses
natural attractions, Lake Malawi, Africa’s
at all of Austria’s lakes, it is a popular
adds to the experience.
rich countries in the world. It’s also a nation
a 116km chain of lakes, waterways and
third largest lake, was “discovered” by the
pastime at the Weissensee (White Lake) in
For SUP fans, crossing the length of the
of pristine nature and numerous flat-water
connecting waterways. This wilderness
missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone
Carinthia. Around 11km long and 97m deep
lake, usually a three-hour, one-way trip,
Alpine lakes and gently flowing rivers.
canoe trip usually takes from 6 to 10 days
just over 150 years ago. Although totally
at its deepest point, the water is drinking-
is the ultimate Lakeland SUP experience.
The unbelievably picturesque Lake Bled,
to complete, depending on your time
landlocked, the 563km-long lake is so
water quality and during the summer can
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f all shapes and sizes (there m altogether apparently), but on than others, often for one of water sport.
reach a balmy 24°C. In winter it’s a famed
Lake Geneva /Lac Léman Switzerland / France
Nicknamed “the pocket ocean”, the
Loch Ness Scotland
Lake Titicaca Bolivia / Peru
The largest single body of water in
Home to as much water as all the lakes in
The biggest lake in South America, some
the famous Yellowstone National Park,
England and Wales combined, Loch Ness
190km long and up to 80km wide, Lake
biggest lake in Western Europe is some
covering an impressive 323km2, is located
extends for approximately 37km southwest
Titicaca is also regarded as the “highest
73km long. The crescent-shaped lake was
almost 2.4km above sea level and spends
of Inverness, connected to the city 10km
navigable lake” in the world, with a
Llangorse Lake in Wales is a natural lake of
formed about 150,000 years ago thanks
more than half of the year under the ice.
away by the River Ness, one of the
surface elevation more than two miles up
approximately 160 hectares which allows
to the Rhône glacier melting and now
Even during the summer the water is cold
world’s shortest major rivers. Loch Ness
at 3,812m. There’s a vast choice of water
waterskiing and wakeboarding for ski
produces a micro-climate creating milder
at between 4.4°C and 16°C, but you can
is best known for alleged sightings of the
sports on offer here, and the snow-capped
boat owners so long as they’re registered
winters and refreshing summers locally.
warm yourself up by diving down to one
cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also
Andes, often cloaked in an ethereal mist,
members of British Water Ski & Wakeboard.
There are an estimated 20,000 boats
of the underwater thermal features that
known affectionately as “Nessie”. It’s good
are a spectacular backdrop against the
It is the only large natural lake in South
moored around the lake and a whole host
the Park is famous for on land. You’ll see
for water sports on top of the loch, but
electric blue waters.
Wales, and its great wildlife value is reflected
of water sports on offer including monoski,
steady streams of bubbles venting all
less so in the water due to water visibility
by its designation as a site of European
water skiing, wakeboard, snorkelling, lake
around you – some of which you can get
being exceptionally low due to a high peat
importance. There are zoning arrangements
sailing and many more … but jet ski is
close to, others you’re wise to keep your
content in the surrounding soil.
in place to help protect the wildlife and rules
forbidden due to the dangers. There are
listed below to ensure the enjoyment of the
also about 100 beaches around the lake
lake by all. llangorselake.co.uk
spot for ice diving once frozen over too. weissensee.com
Llangorse Lake Wales
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One of the best things about mountain biking is the places it can take you. From rainforests to deserts, from the mountains to the coast, there’s really no better way to explore than on two wheels. And if you’re thinking of saddling up this summer, but don’t know where to start, then look no further than the 2018 Enduro World Series (EWS) calendar.
Petzen–Jamnica, Austria/Slovenia If you’ve ever fancied riding in two countries in one day, now’s your chance. Petzen is an established ski resort and bike park in southern Austria, with trails of all levels from blue (easiest) right through to black (most difficult). Across the border in Slovenia awaits more trail, including some beautiful handcut single track. The region is home to the longest flow trail in the world at 11km long, and there’s even an underground trail that goes through the mountain if you fancy a completely new two-wheeled experience.
Now in its seventh year, the series’ mission statement
La Thuile, Italy
is to “find the best mountain biker in the world”. But
Nestled in the shadow of the iconic Mont Blanc,
don’t let that put you off, because it’s not just pro
this small Italian ski village is big on adventure. Lift
athletes that compete in this series – there’s a whole
access means you can save your legs and take in
lot of amateurs taking part too. Since its inception six
the breathtaking Alpine views en route to some of
years ago, the series has become a pretty reliable
the most scenic trails in Europe. The EWS will be
barometer of where the next big riding destination is
visiting this resort for the third time this summer
going to be.
and with good reason – the riding is a huge hit with
Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World
professionals and amateurs alike. Just a couple
Series, explains: “When we choose a race venue
of hours’ drive from Geneva airport, it’s pretty
it’s not just because there are great trails; there has
easy to get to this beautiful part of the world while
to be a strong local riding community as well. Our
still escaping the crowds that flock to its flashier
locations are more than just race venues: the travel,
the people you meet, the local riding scene – that’s all a really important part of the experience.”
So without further ado, let us guide you through the
The iconic Whistler resort in British Columbia needs
EWS’s eight 2018 stops – it’s pretty much a bucket
very little introduction, such is its legendary status.
list of some of the best mountain bike riding the
Home to the most famous bike park on earth, this
world has to offer right now.
place is essentially Disneyland for mountain bikers.
Lo Barnechea, Chile
With everything from beginner trails to huge jumps and drops, it’s not hard to see why this place is
Sitting high in the Andes mountains but just a one-
revered by riders the world over. But away from the
hour drive from Santiago, Lo Barnechea hosted the
park it’s not hard to lose the lift queues on some of
first EWS round of the year back in March. At an
the lesser-known trails that span the Whistler valley.
altitude of over 2,000 metres the air may be thin up
And no Whistler trip would be complete without the
there, but there’s lift access available if you want to
obligatory post-ride lake swim before heading out to
save your legs and lungs for the fast, dusty trails. Lots
the resort’s equally legendary bar and club scene.
of the tracks here are long (up to 11km), but if you’re Parva Bike Park on site has you covered. Wherever
you go you are guaranteed stunning views of the
Perched atop a rugged cliff in the Sobrarbe region
surrounding mountains and to see some of the
of Spain sits the tiny medieval village of Aínsa.
region’s famous condors circling overhead.
Completely contained within ancient walls, walking
into Aínsa’s cobbled alleyways is like turning back the clock – a theme very much reflected in the
This thriving city in the heart of Colombia was the
area’s riding. Here the trail builders call themselves
second stop on this year’s EWS tour. The city itself
“trail archaeologists” because they’re not so much
is flanked by rainforest-covered hills and mountains,
creating trails as rediscovering them. Ancient trading
all of which are just a short drive from the city centre.
routes criss-cross this region – some dating back
Sitting right on the equator, Manizales’ tropical
to the sixth century – and one by one they are
climate means you’re guaranteed moist loamy trails,
being lovingly restored by hand and repurposed as
many of which make their way through some of the
mountain bike trails. The landscape is fascinating,
world’s most iconic coffee plantations. The city is
with many trails taking in abandoned villages that
crazy about cycling and plays host to both a myriad
offer a glimpse into the region’s past.
of big bike brands concept stores as well as local independent shops, meaning you’ll never be running
Finale Ligure, Italy
low on supplies.
Located on the beautiful Italian Riviera, Finale Ligure
Olargues-Montagnes du Caroux, France
is fast becoming one of Europe’s most talked-about mountain biking destinations. This bustling town on the shores of the Mediterranean has it all: sun, sea and
This quaint village in southwestern France is well
spectacular single track. Steep hills drop down to the
known by the French, but will be propelled onto the
shoreline, and with lots of dedicated uplift services
world stage this May when the EWS pays a visit.
on offer you don’t even have to break a sweat to get
This ancient little village may be sleepy, but the
to them. As famous for its gelato shops as its trails,
riding is anything but. Raw, rocky single track criss-
this place serves up the perfect balance of riding and
crosses the surrounding hills, with the expansive
relaxation. With numerous guides and tour operators
trail network stretching for miles. And with a warm,
in the area you’ll never be short of routes, and if the
Mediterranean climate, you’re almost guaranteed to
hot Italian sunshine proves too much you can always
be riding in the dry.
just head to the beautiful town beach.
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after something a little less strenuous, then the La
Is there any better feeling than cycling through a beautiful mountain landscape with a group of friends, a day of exploration ahead and a gorgeous Alpine chalet to come back to?
the Pic Blanc has a vertical drop of more than 2,600m and is something you will always remember! For group entertainment off two wheels, there are two Via Ferrata routes in the area. Protected climbing routes, with ladders, ramps and cables to ensure safety, here even inexperienced climbers can experience the
thrill of scrambling up a rock face. With forested cliffs,
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With almost 30 years’ experience in Vaujany, Peak
stunning waterfalls and a glorious Alpine meadow at the
Adventures, the summer operation of Ski Peak, are
end of your climb, the Oisans area is a beautiful place to
dedicated experts in the Oisans area and have all the
experience this mountain activity.
knowledge necessary to ensure you have the best
Around 30 minutes from Vaujany is the rafting and
cycling experience possible in the Alps this summer.
canoeing centre Vénéon Eaux Vives, which offers a
Vaujany, in the Oisans, Isère Valley, is a Mecca for
number of exhilarating experiences on the crystal-
alpine sports and activities. It’s a calm, charming resort
clear glacial river water. From whitewater rafting,
that is perfect for a relaxing break while at the same
canoeing and kayaking to “hydro-speed” body
time boasting a huge amount of activities and a great,
boarding, the whole group are guaranteed to have the
time of their lives!
For anyone that loves road cycling, the Oisans area
Speaking of water, there are also many beautiful
has more than its fair share of stunning routes, from
mountain lakes in the Oisans area. In particular, the
narrow mountain roads to soaring mountain passes
magnificent Lac du Lauvitel, a true hidden gem. To
and steep hillsides. The world-famous twists and turns
get there, it’s a walk up of about an hour and a half,
of Alpe d’Huez are a challenge many dream of taking
but it is well worth it. The beautiful blue water of this
on, and this is just one of hundreds of routes in the
lake is absolutely stunning and a delight to swim in –
area. Varying in difficulty, there are a range of different
definitely welcome after all the hiking!
challenges for each day of your trip, all surrounded
Peak Adventures have been operating in Vaujany since
by the incredible mountain scenery – snow-capped
1989 and are truly dedicated to the area. It is this passion
peaks, colourful Alpine meadows, traditional villages
and expertise that makes them the perfect choice for
and glacial waterfalls. It’s no wonder the area plays
mountain lovers. With beautiful comfortable rooms and
host to so many sporting events like the Tour de
passionate, knowledgeable staff, their accommodation
France, Le Marmotte sportive and the TIME triathlon.
is ideal for groups looking to really explore the area.
Vaujany is also a great place to base yourself if you’re
You can choose from catered and non-catered
interested in experiencing the famous Megavalanche
accommodation, which means that you have flexibility
Challenge. If you’re into freeride mountain biking,
within your group as to whether you want more
this is not one to miss – a week-long celebration of
freedom to cook for yourselves, or simply wish to sit
all things MTB, culminating in what is undeniably the
back at the end of a long day’s cycling, relax those tired
longest downhill race in the world. The descent from
legs and enjoy a fantastic meal without lifting a finger!
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UCO Flatpack Portable Grill and Firepit £39.99 | ELLIS-BRIGHAM.COM A flatpack portable grill and firepit in one, perfect for camping trips, beach barbeques, last-minute get-togethers ... you name it! Made from stainless steel, it’s lightweight, durable and easy to clean. Super quick to set up: simply unfold, place the grate on top and you’re ready to go. With a stable base and sides that act as wind breaks.
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Patagonia’s P6 Organic Tee
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Mountain Equipment Tupilak 37+ Rucksack £199.99 | ELLIS-BRIGHAM.COM Lightweight, durable and weather resistant, this pack excels on rock, ice and mixed ground alike. The custom-made components are easily removable, reflecting the fact that not every feature will be needed all of the time. Whether worn fully loaded or stripped down to the bare essentials, careful design ensures the pack sits stable and fits comfortably. Durable and weather resistant, lightweight and low-bulk.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture Camp Mat £69.99 | ELLIS-BRIGHAM.COM A good choice for backpacking and camping trips, the NeoAir Venture offers performance and value for money in one. With a patent-pending WaveCore construction, it doubles the warmth of uninsulated air mattresses, without significantly increasing weight or bulk. Once inflated, its superior stability ensures a great night’s sleep, and when the night is over it can be packed away quickly and
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This versatile, high-performance hybrid shoe is ready for water
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MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Mini Stove Set
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This ultra-light, ultra-compact stove set makes a superb choice for the solo traveller. Featuring MSR’s proven Pocket Rocket 2 stove and a 0.75 litre aluminium pot, it provides the essentials while keeping weight and bulk to a minimum. Easy to use, the pot lid doubles as a strainer and an additional bowl fits over the pot for cooking versatility.
Inov-8 Full Zip Windshell £79.99 | ELLIS-BRIGHAM.COM A superlight windproof jacket that’s perfect for training in cool, windy conditions. Made from Pertex Quantum and featuring vented zones, it offers weather protection and high levels of breathability in one.
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Active jacket ideal for
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The new Exos 48 offers impressive comfort within
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it’s ideal for multi-day backpacking with an
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Peter Sagan was hot. Quite literally. He’d just won Stage 4 of the Tour Down Under — his first Tour Down Under stage victory. Temperatures hovered in the mid-40s Celsius, and riders wilted while Sagan rode to victory.
but that’s not a good thing,” said Castillo, adding, “It’s like a variable cam in a four-stroke engine. It changes the lift of the valves depending on what you’re trying to get out of the engine. It’s a matter of controlling your breath, and that controls your heart rate.” The benefits have shown in Sagan’s performance this season, and he is expected to continue to wear the glasses at the upcoming Tour of California, Tour de Suisse and Tour de France.
What was Sagan’s secret? Well, he had one
The glasses are also available for roadies, runners and
advantage over the competition: he was wearing a
MTB riders to purchase from ride100percent.com.
special pair of Speedcraft AIR glasses from the San
While Sagan gets his own optimisation boost, everyday
Diego-based 100% sunglasses company, which are
riders and amateurs have seen huge benefits, including
much more than your normal sports shades.
less fatigue and stronger, longer riding.
The eyewear, developed by 100% and Jim Castillo of
It allows, to put things succinctly, all athletes to give
AC Systems, uses a nasal dilator attached to stickers
on the nose to expand and contract the nostrils, allowing cyclists and athletes to reap the benefits of nose breathing during training and in competition.
The advantages of variable nasal dilation are significant. Nose breathing filters, humidifies and
• Speedcraft AIR
temperature controls the air you breathe better than
• Patented AC Systems breathing technology
• Magnetic Nose Stickers to lock in frame +
After his stage victory Sagan has worn the new Speedcraft AIR in nearly every race since, including Milan–San Remo, Tirreno–Adriatico, E3 Harelbeke and for his win at Gent–Wevelgem. Ludo Boinnard, CEO of 100%, and Jim Castillo co-
cylindrically cut HiPER lenses with: • Increased contrast, amped-up colours and enhanced details
developed the Speedcraft AIR — the only cycling
• Unobstructed, 360O visibility
eyewear in the world to feature the patented
• Anti-reflective interior surface coating
• HYDROILO hydroleophobic
The magnetic nose stickers in the Speedcraft AIR
exterior surface coating
secure and properly operate the system with the nasal
• 100% UV Protection (UVA, UVB and UVC)
dilator adjusted by rotating a small dial in the centre of
• Ultra-grip rubber coated Nose Pads and
the lens. The magnetic arms can then be opened or closed to control nasal dilation throughout a ride.
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activate nasal dilation system • Interchangeable, 2mm-thick, six-base
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“When you breathe in and out of your mouth you’re
between lens and face to increase airflow
moving a lot of air and flooding your lungs with air —
and prevent fogging
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CLIMBING With so many climbing and bouldering walls in the UK, it has never been easier to get into climbing. Climbing is a great and entertaining replacement for going to the gym as it engages your brain as well as your body.
very little gear – just climbing shoes and a chalkbag.
technique. Climbing centres tend to be friendly
respect for heights rather than a fear! Climbing walls
Bouldering is great for an aerobic workout and for
places and the staff and customers are always happy
have hundreds of colour-coded routes at every level
developing climbing technique.
to help newcomers to the sport.
of difficulty, so there is something for everyone and
Roped climbing, where the climber wears a harness and uses a safety rope, is divided into two basic disciplines: top roping and lead climbing. In top roping, this safety
always something to challenge you. However, try
3. Head Outdoors
not to get obsessed with the grades and routes – climbing is all about enjoying the process!
rope is controlled by a second person, a “belayer”, who locks it if the climber falls. In lead climbing, you carry
Taking skills learnt indoors and translating them
the safety rope yourself, clipping it in as you climb. Lead
onto real rock presents a few more challenges, but
We caught up with Phil Minal, Centre Manager at
climbing is more challenging than top roping and if you
also opens up a new world of opportunities. If you
the popular climbing centre Redpoint Birmingham,
fall from above the last place you clipped in, you may fall
decide that you want to give the outdoor experience
Statistically, climbing is a pretty safe sport; in fact,
to find out what top tips they would give to any first-
a little further before being caught.
a go, it’s best first to get some instruction with an
more people are injured playing netball each year
outdoor course or a local climbing club. Many people
than climbing! However, as with any sport, it’s only
develop their outdoor skills in places like the Peak
as safe as you make it, so be sure to pay attention
District before going on to longer routes in places
to safety briefings and instruction and don’t get
like Wales or Scotland.
complacent, no matter how confident you become in
timers giving climbing a go.
1. Learn the Basics
2. Get Some Lessons Lessons give you a good head start and are
5. Safety First
your climbing ability.
There are two basic disciplines in climbing:
essential for learning the safety side of things,
bouldering and roped climbing.
especially for roped climbing. Climbing instructors
Bouldering is lower-height climbing with thick
will teach you about both equipment and technique,
crash-mat-type flooring and no ropes or harnesses.
so starting out with some instruction is a great way to
Many people are scared of heights when they start
climbing courses. Check out redpointbirmingham.
Bouldering can be done on your own and requires
stay safe as well as getting a head start on climbing
climbing, but most manage to turn this into a healthy
co.uk for more info.
4. It’s OK To Be Scared!
Redpoint Birmingham runs climbing lessons for everyone and all abilities and also runs outdoor
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LO ST IN H AWA I I
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such as the infamous attack on Pearl
so I was in good company. Located on the
Harbour in downtown Honolulu, I find
16 hours on planes (change flights in
eastern side of the island, the beaches
the best way to explore another culture’s
mainland USA) and 11 time zones away,
here, and in the south, are sheltered from
idiosyncrasies is through the everyday.
Hawaii stands as the ultimate adventure
the huge Pacific waves by an offshore
Food is often at the heart of a nation’s
holiday destination, and this spring I was
reef, so it’s safe to swim in the warm
identity, and Hawaii is no different.
lucky enough to visit this tropical paradise.
turquoise waters. The western side of the
Alongside the almost stereotypical fare
From the outset, O’ahu (the most populous
island is where the massive rollers crash
we imagine – pineapples, coconut, pork
island, on which I stayed) is utterly alien
into the beach – a surfer’s dream. Here
– Hawaii plays host to a myriad of exotic
to the world’s many cultures and climates.
beaches like Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay
foods. Taro, the staple of the Polynesian
After the long flights over two days, I was
or the aptly named Sunset Beach, to name
people, presents itself in a variety of native
met by a constant heat wholly new to me,
a few, are where surfers risk the riptide
dishes, most notably poi, a sweet purplish
if pleasantly so. With the temperature at a
for the chance of riding that perfect wave.
paste made from the plant’s stem.
constant 25OC, day and night, throughout
You can also sign up for surfing lessons.
Fusion food is a popular endeavour
the week, I found myself spending the
Out of all the eastern beaches, however, I
in many of Hawaii’s restaurants, with
entire week of my stay in the shorts and
particularly enjoyed Lanikai: a quiet spot,
dishes like fish tacos and spam sushi
vest I rarely get to wear back home.
with excellent views of the sunrise over
(spam musubi) featuring on most menus.
Humidity, too, can be an issue, although it
the nearby Mokulua Islands, which can be
For the less adventurous, don’t worry:
only got sticky on one day of my stay. The
reached by canoe.
fast food and chain restaurants exist in
peak is usually 79% in January, apparently.
But that’s not to say Hawaii is only about
ample numbers – McDonald’s is literally
The airport itself was also in stark contrast
the sea. When the Polynesian people
everywhere, trust me.
to those I had visited before. I flew in via
arrived on the islands somewhere
To me, however, Hawaii’s culture was
Vancouver International Airport, a global
between 124 and 800 CE, they didn’t stay
most becoming in the little things:
hub serving 24 million people annually,
simply for the excellent beaches. The
walking barefoot on tarred roads, going
which stands as a sparkling and bustling
great volcanic mountains that erupt from
for nighttime swims under the full moon,
beacon in the world of aviation. The
the surrounding ocean are nothing short
buying tacky souvenirs from even
Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) Airport was
of breathtaking, and the dense jungle
tackier gift shops. The people are some
the opposite, appearing lost in the 1970s.
which blankets it all is a treasure trove
of the friendliest in the world, coming
Faded murals and exotic plants creep up
for wholly unique species of flora and
from all walks of life to greet you with a
the marble walls, and with no need for
fauna, as well as hidden jungle waterfalls
windows (the heat really is that intense),
accessible only by backcountry trails.
Though the islands may face threats of
aeroplanes pass by the building as if they
Though I did my best to avoid the more
flash floods, smoke monsters and, most
are giant garden birds.
touristy aspects of Hawaii, I did indulge in
recently, nuclear oblivion, during my stay
The airport serves as a good introduction
the Kualoa Ranch Movie Site Tour, which
it was an invasion of feral chickens that
to Hawaii, however. There are, essentially,
takes you through the sets of some of
had O’ahu up in arms (how a chicken can
two choices: you go to one of the big
Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, from
exactly be feral is anyone’s wonder). In
resort hotels, probably in Honolulu,
Jurassic Park to the more recent Jumanji:
Hawaii the coffee is iced, the rain is warm,
probably near “world famous Waikiki
Welcome to the Jungle (and even my
the birds are bright and floral shirts aren’t
Beach,” which are the same as they are
personal favourite, Lost).
just for the dads.
the world over (so why bother going all
Travelling through the ranch’s three
After all this, it was hard to leave this
the way to Hawaii?), or you go somewhere
valleys in a modified school bus, one
beautiful place, which was so distant from
smaller, booked through HomeAway or
can understand the magic which
any holiday I had been on before. What
Airbnb, and DIY it.
Spielberg saw when he chose to shoot
stood out most to me was that Hawaii
I opted for option B and so was quickly
his dino-flick there: on three sides the
is a state of contrast. The islands exist
aware of the untamed nature of Hawaii,
tourist is immersed in sweeping volcanic
in a constant juxtaposition of character,
despite human attempts to build roads
landscapes, across wide empty plains,
whether it’s the leafy American suburbs
and buildings on it. Everywhere wild
as sunlight trickles over the emerald hills
against a backdrop of great, sweeping
nature is trying to break through and
jungle, or even the blend of European
subsume the concrete. Within hours of
There’s plenty more to do at Kualoa too –
food against Asian influences from the
arriving, my phone was buzzing with a
horse riding, off-road vehicle driving and
east (or west), Hawaii really is a melting
public alert of flash floods; then sirens
zip-lining to name but a few.
pot for the eccentricities of our world.
started blaring outside, which I later
Of course, a pretty picture is incomplete
And yet, it’s these eccentricities that make
learned was a test of the nuclear attack
without depth, and the rich culture of
the magic. While other countries attempt
alarm system. I soon learned Hawaii keeps
Hawaii is testament to this fact. While one
to play down their stereotypes, Hawaii
you on your toes.
can learn of O’ahu’s ancient history at the
embraces its own – hibiscus, palm trees
My choice of holiday destination was
Polynesian Cultural Centre on the north-
and tiki. In this way, I think Hawaii is a
the coastal town of Kailua, which I later
eastern shore, or of more recent events
destination like no other.
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learned was where the Obamas holiday,
incomprehensibly blue Pacific, about
© HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY (HTA) / TOMMY LUNDBERG
Nestled comfortably in the
© HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY (HTA) / TOR JOHNSON
H a waii: t h e sm all c lus te r o f is l a n ds so me where i n t he m i d d l e o f th e P a c if ic is a n ame e ver y st ar - st r u c k tr a v e l l e r k n o w s , a n d dre am s of v i si t i ng , b u t n o t s o m a n y m a ke it fro m Eur op e. R O B E R T TH O R N E R E P O R TS .
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LES GETS TOURIST BUREAU
SUMMER IN LES GETS CHALETS 1066 If you enjoy walking, wildlife and stunning scenery, then you are sure to love summer in Les Gets, the gorgeous village in the French Alps that could be your new favourite warm weather destination. With tour operators such as Chalets1066 operating all year round, you can enjoy the best of the Alpine summer in total comfort.
walk can very comfortably be done in around an hour
WORDS: CLAUDE AUGRAS (MOUNTAIN GUIDE) & MEGAN HUGHES
and a half. Expect stunning views and a beautiful lake
The mountains also offer incredibly rich biodiversity on the ground from spring onwards, with beautiful
which children will love.
While the animals in the mountains tend to be very
flowers and much unique and interesting foliage.
The hike towards Mont Chéry – Easily reachable
cautious and keep well away from humans, if you go
For me, mountains are one of the last places where
either by gondola or by car and gives a breathtaking
with a guide, we can help you find them. You could
you can find areas protected from human invasion.
view over Mont Blanc.
be lucky enough to encounter mountain antelopes,
The silence and beauty of the landscape invites
Lac Montriond – A gorgeous lake that takes around
mountain goats, wild sheep, groundhogs or even
us to respect nature and its fragility. It’s a great
one hour to walk around. With water temperature
stoats! There are, however, two animals you are most
therapy for all!
often higher than 20° in summer, it’s great for
likely to see.
For your accommodation, the best operator for
Marmots – Large squirrels that live in burrows and eat
Les Gets is Chalets1066. They are managed by an
Col du Raty – Head through pastures of cows
roots and leaves - fascinating to watch, but generally
English couple who now live in Les Gets and now
responsible for producing the famous local cheeses
like to keep at least 100m from humans. Spring is the
manage over 25 properties in the village. What is
and bask in mountain flowers and Alpine wildlife.
best time of the year to watch them.
special about Chalets1066 is not only do they have
Roc d’Enfer – within the protected area “Natura
Chamois – Mountain goat antelopes that are very
local management but also they offer a range of
Here, the mountains are accessible to all, with a lot of
2000”, expect abundant wildlife, hundreds of chamois,
agile on rocky ledges and typically live above
services (for example a chef service) through other
easy, gentle hikes alongside more demanding routes,
marmots, etc. – this is a perfect place to visit for animal
1,000m. Very shy and quite scared of humans, if you
local partners they work with. So, you are able to
while the French-Swiss area of Les Portes du Soleil
lovers. This route requires good hiking ability.
want to approach them remain discreet or simply
“tailor” your holiday to your specific requirements
offers chairlifts to access higher areas.
There are also many walks in the “Vallée de la
bring your binoculars.
or budget. In the summer, staying in Les Gets is
Some of best walks in the area include:
Manche” area, giving spectacular views over the
In the skies, local birds include eagles, falcons,
usually even slightly cheaper than staying in the
Les Gets to Le Ranfolly – Great for small children, this
Swiss summits such as “Les Dents du Midi”.
kites, buzzards, and more rarely, bearded vultures!
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