I hope you had a great Easter break and managed to get out walking. I’m just back from 2 weeks in Cornwall, UK visiting family and friends and I even managed to squeeze in some training (but more on that later). Here’s the latest…
First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to all of ‘YOU’; the fantastic folk who’ve hit ‘subscribe’ and followed this blog so far. I absolutely love exploring the wilderness in southern Italy and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you. It’s also really early days for the Hiking Campania website so another thank you for your patience as I complete the full details for each walk and add new ones too. (Having said that nearly all the walks have a decent map and sat nav info so you should be able to find them pretty easily). If you’ve got feedback re the walks, the website or perhaps just some questions as you plan a day out – please do get in touch.
I’m working on dates for group walks in Campania, Italy this Spring (which should be out very soon) plus some new formats to keep things interesting; think mountain-top yoga and different level hikes including some longer and faster routes.
Sunday 20th March was a very special day out with a fantastic group in near perfect conditions. I took 18 people of all ages and abilities to climb Monte Maggiore and soak up the extraordinary views of Campania. There was warm spring sunshine, a challenging trail through mediterranean forest, ancient chapels to explore and plenty of cake and banter. You can read all about it and see photos and lovely feedback here.
During my trip to the UK I took the opportunity to brush up on my skills with Mountain Training UK and spent a fantastic couple of days on Bodmin Moor with Phil from Climbing Cornwall and some of the Cornwall Search & Rescue Team. The weather was typically British with everything thrown in; strong wind, rain, fog, mist, hail and a rainbow to keep us smiling. It was challenging but I updated my knowledge on walk planning, navigation, safety, gear and leadership (so you should be in good hands!). This part of the moors really is ‘home’ for me and come rain or shine it was amazing to be in that wild and isolated landscape again, especially with such a knowledgeable and friendly team.
Hope to see you out hiking soon, as always, give me a shout if you need any info…