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Walker on Via Francigena Italy

Via Francigena: Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano

There is something truly magical about a pilgrimage route – following in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims on the same earthy country or ancient cobblestone path that has been traversed since the earliest of times. This is what I’m thinking about as I stride out in a rhythmic meditation on Day 2 of my...

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Kiso-Fukushima Nakasendo Way

Discovering the secrets of Kiso-Fukushima

All of the post towns along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo Way have something special of interest. The beautifully restored and preserved post towns of Magome, Tsumago and Narai tend to be more recognisable and picturesque; however, another of the larger but historically very significant towns is Kiso-Fukushima. Kiso-Fukushima is the 37th Edo post station and was...

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Walking the Camino de Santiago

Top 10 tips for preventing blisters

The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction. Different things work for different people, but one thing’s for sure: blisters can be prevented with a little bit of effort. The best strategy is to be aware of how your feet are feeling. If there is discomfort or a ‘hot spot’...

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Hiking

Tips for hiking in hot weather

Having just completed one of our Walk & Talks in Victoria’s Point Nepean National Park on a particularly hot day, here are my tips for making your experience on the trail more enjoyable and safer when you are out in the heat this summer. Sip don’t gulp It’s far better to sip water than gulp it...

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English Pub, Coast to Coast walk, UK

Gastronomic delights on the Coast to Coast

Whether it’s a cosy country pub, a quiet village cafe or a 5-star restaurant, there are endless ways to sample local specialties and gastronomic cuisine along the Coast to Coast as you walk through Cumbria and North Yorkshire. High-quality, locally sourced produce ranges from the famous Cumberland sausage (stuffed with herbs and finely chopped pork)...

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Lakes District

The 500-Million-Year History of England’s Lake District

England’s Lake District is, as its name suggests, known for its many scenic lakes. But the national park also has a rich, multi-layered geologic history dating back half a billion years. I recently returned from the UK after walking through the mountainous Lake District National Park – the first section of Wainwright’s epic Coast to...

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Shells Great Ocean Walk

Nature’s gallery on Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk

When visiting famous art galleries around the world, people don’t look at their feet they look at the art. When we walk we often make the mistake (or at least I do) of looking too much at our feet. We don’t stop enough to appreciate nature’s gallery, especially on the Great Ocean Walk. While walking...

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Lisbon Sardine Festival Portugal

Lisbon’s festival of sardines

Every year from 12–14 June, Lisbon honours its most respected saint with a sardine festival. The first of several saints days celebrated in Portugal, it marks the beginning of the city’s many summer festivities. The whole city celebrates the much-anticipated Saint Anthony Sardine Festival! The winding serpentine streets and plazas of some of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods...

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Camino sign, Spain

You know you have walked the Camino de Santiago when…

If you miss the simple daily routines, shared and solitary experiences, and luxury of walking all day on the Camino de Santiago you’re not alone! Many pilgrims continue to reflect on experiences from their trip, long after those final steps in Spain. They learn the true meaning of gratitude and are surprised by the pleasure of simple Camino traditions....

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