Monthly Archives: August 2019

Cruising down the lake

We needed a rest day and what could be better than spending it cruising down the lake on the slow battello. We caught the 9.20 am. bus to the head of the lake and on to the terminus at Colico. … Continue reading

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All aboard the Bernina Express.

The Bernina Line was completed in 1910 and is part of the narrow gauge network of the Rhaetian Railway and is the only Swiss railway to cross the Alps. From the southern terminus at Tirano just 429 metres above sea … Continue reading

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Walking the Greenway del lago di Como

The Greenway del lago di Como is a pleasant 10km walk from Colonno to Cadenabbia di Griante. It is mainly along the lakeside but it does climb up to pass through some villages. We decided to walk the section from … Continue reading

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Four hours in Bergamo.

On the second day of our holiday at Lake Como we went on a day trip to the City Of Bergamo. First we had to get a ferry across the lake from Villa Carlotta to Varenna where we boarded a … Continue reading

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A climb to the church of San Martino.

The church of San Martino is situated at a height of 475 m on the steep slopes of Sasso S Martino above the village of Griante on the shores of Lake Como. It should make for a pleasant afternoons walk. … Continue reading

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A morning at Villa Carlotta.

We had moved on to Lake Como and were staying in Cadenabbia. Just a few hundred yards from our hotel was the beautiful Villa Carlotta. The Villa was built in at the end of the 17th century for the Marquis … Continue reading

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A stroll from Downham.

Last week I was out with a group of friends doing a short walk from of Lancashire’s prettiest villages. It was also the setting for the classic 1961 film, Whistle Down the Wind. Conditions were good as we set … Continue reading

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Serendipity in the Howgills.

On Sunday I was walking in The Howgills, doing a reccee for Crosby Rambling Club. Martin is due to lead the ramble next Sunday and we were looking for something in the region of 10 –12 miles with maybe a … Continue reading

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Flutterbies !. OK, I know it should be Butterflies, but I like the name. It seems appropriate as they ‘Flutter By’ This year has seen a massive migration of the Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui. The species undertakes an extraordinary … Continue reading

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