Blogs - 2012

Review of Outdoor Photography by Jon Sparks & Chiz Dakin posted 19/12/12

Outdoor Photography is a book for anyone that enjoys the outdoors and, in photographing what they see, is sometimes disappointed by the end results. If you're a 'point and shoot' person who wonders why they don't get better results this book will start you on a journey.....

Queyras guided walking holiday, posted by William Armstrong 18/12/12

Now that our 2013 brochures are all sent out and the website updated with our new walking holidays, it's time to look back at a couple of guided walking holidays from 2012. During the last week of September 2012, we organised a tailor-made guided week's walking in the Queyras......

Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive, posted by William Armstrong 3/12/12

I woke up yesterday to the first snow of the winter. Although it’s only a thin blanket which covers the ground it's accompanied by a cold grey skies; winter has arrived. It’s in sharp contrast to a couple of weeks ago when the Beaujolais Nouveau festivities took place in mild autumn conditions. Each year...........

Review of Eastern Provence - Cote d'Azur to the Alps from Sunflower Books posted 18/11/12

Sunflower Book's Eastern Provence is a large pocket-sized book in full colour which forms part of their “Landscapes of” series and is the first of two volumes covering the south of France. As its title suggests, this volume covers the eastern portion from Aix-en-Provence in the west .....

Day 1 from Drôme Provencal Posted by William Armstrong 23/10/12

I was out again in August creating a new Independent Walking Holiday in the Drôme Provencal in France. A lot of the hard work begins at home, mapping out routes, finding potential accommodation and getting the length and variety of walks just right and evaluating the grade ........

"Learning French for your Holiday" Guest post from our French Tuition partners VoulezVouloz 28/09/12

So you’ve booked your fabulous French holiday with High Point Holidays and now you’re wondering whether you should brush up on your French language skills before you go? Let’s face it. Knowing a bit of the local lingo is always a good idea. Not only does it give you the confidence to deal....

Review of Walk & Eat Avignon from Sunflower Books posted 27/08/12

Sunflower Book's Walk & Eat Avignon is a pocket sized guidebook for walkers who love food. It contains walks in Avignon, Nimes, Arles, St Remy and the surrounding countryside. It has 10 varied day walks designed for visitors using public transport, so will necessarily omit some of the best countryside walks around this area. However, it does also detail.....

Review of The High Atlas by Hamish Brown posted 11/07/12

The High Atlas is a unique book both for its wide ranging coverage of Morocco and its unusual combination of practical guide book and travel writing. The book contains almost 50 different routes covering the majority of the Atlas mountain range from well-known Toubkal massif which contains highest peak in North Africa, Jbel Toubkal at 4167m, to off the beaten track ranges.....

Walking for Charity UK posted 22/06/12

For those of us in the UK, wet weather in June is by no means unusual. Wet weather leading into the last weekend in June always fills me with dread as it's the weekend of the Glastonbury Festival. It seems that Michael Eavis has chosen a very good year not to hold a festival....

Spring in our step - Guided walking holiday in Beaujolais (part one) posted 25/05/12

Our guided walking holiday season in France is well and truly under way and last Saturday we welcomed walkers from England and the USA to the Beaujolais region on our Beaujolais Discovery week long holiday. After settling them into their first guest......

A Week in the Rhone Part Two - posted 21/05/12

Apart from having some training on the website, we also looked at making some changes to High Point Holiday's Newsletter as well as introducing Competitions over the coming months. If you've not signed up for it, please go to the contact page for further information......

A Week in the Rhone - posted 14/05/12

2 weeks ago I took the opportunity to visit my brother William, High Point Holiday's founder and walking leader, and his family in Gleize, France; swapping the Somerset showers for the milder climes and certainly much drier area of the Rhone......

Easter Saturday with my son in the Baronnies

Early Easter Saturday, I left the Beaujolais with my son Leo for a long weekend away in the beautiful and largely unknown region of the Baronnies squeezed in between the French Alps and the Provence in southern France. By midday we were parked up at the Cold de Perty at 1300m and started our 4km walk.......

Busy week in Burgundy and Beaujolais, posted 31/03/12

First up at the beginning of last week, I was out and about in the southern Burgundy, checking the walking notes and signs on a section of paths between Cruzille and Igé on our Chardonnay Wine Trail.........

Beaujolais - Wine makers in action, posted 17/03/12

Why doesn't the Beaujolais command the same respect and reverance as some of the other great wines in France? This is the question that was asked by the artisans or small-scale wine producers of "Terroirs Originels", brought together by their desire for diversity and quality in local French products. With this in mind the wine makers of the Beaujolais decided to produce a video to show ......read more

Roche de Solutre in Sunny March, Posted 12/03/12

Here in the Beaujolais and southern Burgundy regions of France, March is turning out to be as sunny, warm and spring-like as February was cold and offered a taste of real continental winter weather. I was out and about on Friday..........

 

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