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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....

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.'

A Brush with The Coast 06/10/15

A guest post from the artist Sasha Harding about why walking along the south coast inspires her work.

A Walk in the Woods 26/09/15

Why not take a walk in the woods this weekend. In his book The Natural Explorer, Tristan Gooley describes forests as having a reputation for darkness. He remarks that "Woodlands have another reputation, one that is less deserved and that is for monotony."....

Walking as Natural Exploration 28/09/14

If DIY local walking with your own map is a bit daunting......then a good place to start is to find a local walking group.....

Madonna and the Ramblers 07/06/2014

One of the downsides of creating unique walking holiday experiences, is the effort required to check that the chosen footpaths are still relevant and are the most appropriate for the conditions or time of year.....

Long Distance Footpaths - Britain's Healthy Obsession 02/04/2014

In my previous blog I explored Britain's footpaths through the experiences of Mike Parker in his book "The Wild Rover." Now I want to look at Britain's Long Distance Footpaths and whether they are worth the compulsion to complete them that some people dedicate and why at High Point Holidays....

Britain's Rights of Way - Discovering your Local Footpaths 18/02/2014

I recently finished reading Mike Parker's "The Wild Rover - a Blistering Journey along Britain's Footpaths", an enjoyable exploration of the history of land access and ownership through his own travels along Britain's footpaths. I will be exploring some its topics in our blogs over the coming months....

A Guided or Independent Walking Holiday? 23/08/2013

If you've not been on a walking holiday before and therefore inexperienced in navigation or using maps or walking notes, then maybe a guided holiday is for you. However the decision is more complicated than just those factors. Here's some help....

An Unlikely Pilgrimage from Harold Fry to Robert Louis Stevenson 26/03/13

When out in the Wiltshire countryside last year creating walks and making notes for the High Point Holidays' Wonders of Wessex independent walking holiday, I had the urge to just keep on walking.....

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....

 


 

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