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A bit of mud on the inland bit from Penzance to St Ives: "St Michael's Way". Not much on the coast path. The most slippery bit was a beach which was freshly covered with boulders. Lots of wet vegetation so we were mostly wearing overtrousers or gaiters. Jonathan
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If you ever find yourself anywhere near Carmel, California, I highly recommend Point Lobos State Nature Reserve for walking.

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A bit closer to home, try the "Capital Ring Walk" and the "London Loop" both have good books for local area information and history and can be accessed by travel/oyster card in bite sized chunks.

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Quoting BBL: If you ever find yourself anywhere near Carmel, California, I highly recommend Point Lobos State Nature Reserve for walking.Thanks: I've just been looking. I'd never heard of that but I've been thinking of walking in the forests of northern California for a long time. Jonathan
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Quoting Dave Rayner: A bit closer to home, try the "Capital Ring Walk" and the "London Loop" both have good books for local area information and history and can be accessed by travel/oyster card in bite sized chunks.I've given copies of "Walk the Lines" to lots of friends and relatives who live in London. My daughter lives near the the Regent's Canal, and it's amazing how many journeys can be modified to use that towpath. Jonathan
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This is what we do up on the Isle of Mull, no real footpaths so you feel you are a million miles from anywhere. We can organise bespoke trips including accommodation. International walks I would recommend Annerperna sanctuary in Nepal or Simmian Mountains in Ethiopia.
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If you ever get to New Zealand, we do a good line in spectacular walks, from moderate to difficult. The Routeburn and Milford tracks in Fiordland, named for a reason, are very picturesque, but often over populated, as is the Abel Tasman track in Nelson. However there are dozens of good routes in less popular areas, with equally good scenery, and most tracks have a hut of some description every so often, so not always necessary to carry a tent. The local fauna in the form of sandflies are really friendly, and always on the look out for some exotic food. Nigel.
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Excellent, folks. Please keep them coming. This year our autumn group is returning to the Picos de Europa, but this time it's single-centre, rather than point-to-point. :-( Plus as many odd days of GR in Provence as I can fit in. Next year is looking like a repeat Wainwright coast-to coast with friends and families who haven't done it before. Depending on when I next retire again after that I want to cycle to the Mediterranean and walk the Kungsleden the other way. Jonathan
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Just had our week in the Picos.

Great walking and dry. That limestone is surprisingly grippy. Lots of vultures and chamois. Lots of lizards high up, a few salamanders and a surprising number of tadpoles still around. Worked hard on the snake recognition but didn't see any. Of course.

Stayed at our guide's house near Potes. Mixed views on this: nice guy but didn't tell us enough about where we were going or what we might see. 500y old farmhouse but needed a bit of work. I'd rate it as OK  and it is very conveniently placed.

Four English bikers from Worcester were staying there at the same time, but I didn't see any 7s.

One of my walking friends had a coronary artery stent inserted eight weeks before we went. His travel insurance became valid again six weeks after the procedure: amazing!

Jonathan

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Hi

Delighted to hear you enjoyed your time in the Picos. I was considering going there next spring but I am thinking more Mont Blanc now or possibly the Tatras in Poland. I recently returned from walking in Umbria. It was a very enjoyable holiday, some beautiful locations but not really challenging enough for my preference. 

The two previous years I went to Corvara in the Dolomites. That was fabulous and highly recommended. Walks are marked clearly on maps and very well maintained en-route. Also plenty of Via Ferrata if you are really keen. Stunning views, WW1 history, flora and fauna. It's really special IMO.

Julian

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