Blogs - 2016

Keep up to date with the activities of High Point Holidays and its staff

Guided Walking Holidays 2017 05/12/16

This coming holiday year is a year of transition for us, with some changes to how we operate. For most customers who go on our self guided holidays, you may notice little change....

Brexit and the Volatile Pound 18/10/16

As anyone living in the UK will be fully aware, we are now heading towards a time when we will have left the European Union or Brexit, as it has been coined......

Spam or Unsolicited E-mails 12/10/16

You may have heard in the news recently about high profile corporate data breaches such as LinkedIn and Yahoo......

In the Footsteps of the Movies 22/08/16

Last week I watched a film called the Duellists for the first time. Set in the Napoleonic era it tells the story of 2 men's dueling exploits and is based on a book by Joseph Conrad which was in turn based on historical events. It was only having watched the film, I was interested in checking on the location of the filming, particularly the castle at the film's conclusion. It turned out to be Chateau de Commarque, 10 miles north west of Sarlat and much was filmed around the medieval village of Sarlat la Canada in the Dordogne....

Not-so-Secret Places 11/06/16

There seems to be a growing trend to call stuff 'secret' in order to give it an air of exclusivity; using the word secret as a marketing tool to make people think they are somehow special in being let in on some secret product, place or activity. The word secret when used to describe something, normally means something not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others....

A Review of Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path 09/06/16

Cicerone's guidebook to walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is another new edition, published in April this year. The guidebook describes the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, a scenic 180-mile long-distance walk from Amroth, near Tenby, to St Dogmaels, north of Newport. The route is divided into 14 stages of between 9 and 16 miles...

10 Good Reasons to go Coastal Walking 01/05/16

People have always been drawn to the coast. As a child, taking a bucket and spade on a trip to the beach and exploring rock pools can be an exciting experience. Walking the coastal paths in the UK has become somewhat of a national pastime and rite of passage....

A Review of Walking the South West Coast Path 13/04/16

Cicerone's guidebook to walking the South West Coast Path was published in February of this year. Written by the prolific outdoor writer Paddy Dillon, this latest guidebook includes full descriptions covering 45 stages and maps for all routes. The book also includes information on places of interest, refreshments, accommodation and public transport...

A Review of Trekking the GR5 Trail 24/03/16

The author of Cicerone's Trekking the GR5 Trail is none other than Paddy Dillon, a prolific writer of guidebooks, who has written 30 books for Cicerone. Obviously writing walking guides means that Paddy is also an experienced walker and indeed he has walked all of Britain's National Trails at some point; so you know you're in safe hands with his guidance.

Wild France 15/02/16

In our review of Monty Don's book Road to Le Tholonet I noted that he was a regular visitor to France and each visit reminded him of how big the country is. "The range of landscapes is astonishing and ....... there are still vast tranches of the country that are unspoilt, sparsely populated and staggeringly beautiful." He finds the 'empty vastness of France' compared to the 'pretty clutter of Britain,' 'stimulating and exciting.' In this blog, I take a look at some of this French 'wilderness.'

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