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How to get to Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Posted by in Colombia, Gentle, Hike, Swim, Travel

Go here if you like: Beaches, nature, hiking and hammocks (but be warned, it can get quite busy and may not the deserted paradise you may be craving) A bit of context: Respecting the indigenous presence in the area, Tayrona National Park is a concession managed by the Tayrona people. Tourists are allowed into the park though they do shut the park every now and again for indigenous ceremonies so check ahead. Tayrona is beautiful and as a result popular for both national and international tourists. By no means is it crowded…read more

What to do in Minca in the Sierra Nevada, Colombia?

Posted by in Colombia, Gentle, Hike, Other, Travel

Why go to Minca? o Up in the Sierra Nevada mountains 15km behind Santa Marta is Minca, a little village with rivers, waterfalls and jungle. o A cooler climate makes this a fresher place to be than Santa Marta City. It’s a relaxing place loved by backpackers, with a language school, massages, yoga and meditation. What do do in Minca? o Relax, watch the sunset from your hostel (see recommendations below) o Visit Pozo Azul, a couple of swimming holes with little waterfalls a 45 minute walk from Minca pueblo…read more

Ciudad Perdida / Lost City Trek

Posted by in Colombia, Hike, Medium, Organised events, Travel

At the end of August 2016 I set out to hike to La Ciudad Perdida, a 4 day excursion known at the Lost City Trek. It was a great hike, a sweaty affair with lots of river swimming, and the mysterious Colombian Ciudad Perdida as our destination.    The Lost City Trek is an out-and-back guided 4 – 5 day hike.  Meeting in Santa Marta in Colombia at 9am, you take a jeep to the start of the hike. After a quick lunch, you start the trek, reaching the Ciudad Perdida early on the…read more

If I start a band it will be called: Annie + The Dolomites

Posted by in Blogs, Climb, Cycle, Gentle, Hike, Homemade events, Long weekend abroad, Medium, Organised events, Other, Run, Tough, Travel

Hola! Before I get too swept up in Colombia life (more on that in a couple of weeks), the fruits of my week long trip to the Dolomites are ready. My memories have been converted into tangible, viewable, readable matter: Fun little video of the sights I saw doing the things I do Travel review with the finer details for Evening Standard Online Photo updates on social media Click on the pictures to see the memories with your own eyes. Watch the video   Read the article Last but not least,…read more

Ben Lomond munro run

Posted by in 52in52, Hike, Homemade events, Medium, Run, Rural weekend away

Challenge: Run to the summit of Ben Lomond Details:  Running/ hiking up Ben Lomond takes you up a 975m (3,200ft) ascent over an 11km (7mi) route. Info on hike. It’s an easy path to follow so not much navigation needed. From the car park, go through the visitor cabin thing (loos there), and up the path to the left (Hill Route I think it was called). Once on the summit, you can either come back down that route, or go over the top and drop down the other side to…read more

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Snowdon hike

Posted by in 52in52, Gentle, Hike, Medium, Rural weekend away

Challenge: Hike Snowdon Details: There are a selection of routes up Snowdon. We chose the Watkin Path as we stayed at YHA Bryn Gwynant. Where? Snowdon, North Wales Transport? £60 for car rental and petrol per person. Train from London to Llandudno Junction then a taxi is an alternative too. When? Summer months have a better chance of nice weather but if you have winter mountaineering experience, you can climb Snowdon all year round. Essential kit list: Water proof jacket Warm hat Gloves Walking Boots Rucksack (25-35 litres in size depending on how…read more

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London Statue Walk

Posted by in 52in52, Gentle, Hike, London

  Challenge: London Statue Walk Details: an 18km walk in London with a statue theme.  Either self guide your own exploratory journey or join a guided walk. Secret London has some great information on walks and statues, this guide looks good and Walks hosts guided tours. Don’t forget about the Talking Statues. Where? Anywhere in London. The eXerK walk started in the City, via Broadgate Circus, down to St Mary’s Axe, up to Royal Exchange, Cannon Street, Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square, St…read more

San Sebastian 15km coastal trail hike

Posted by in 52in52, Gentle, Hike, Long weekend abroad

  Challenge: 15km trail coastal trail hike Details:  I walked a section of the Talaia Bidea trail from San Sebastian to Pasajes in North Spain. The details below are for this hike, but bear in mind you can do this on any coast with a trail (e.g. the South West Coastal Path). Where? San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain. How? The 7km out and back trail starts from the historical part of the San Sebastian. Set out along the Zurriola bay. Before the end of the beach, turn right towards the…read more

Everest Stair Challenge

Posted by in 52in52, Hike, Homemade events, London, Other, Winter sports

  Challenge: Scale the height of Mount Everest by stairs Details: The challenge is to scale the sea to summit height of Mount Everest in a month. That’s 8,848, the equivalent of 50,000 vertical steps. You can complete the challenge solo, or put together a team to share the burden. Please refer to the FAQs for tips on the stair challenge. For help tracking your stair count, feel free to make use of my homemade spreadsheet and poster. Where? Anywhere with stairs. Here are London’s accessible stairs I have found so far in London. Transport?…read more

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