T&T Blogs

10 Benefits of Winter Activities

Written by  Julia 13 January 2019

After the festive cheer and indulgence, winter can be a tough time of year to remain active. Shorter days and cold weather can test our resolve for getting outdoors and exercising, even if we reap the rewards of this effort when the spring arrives.

Here are our 10 reasons why taking up a new winter activity or booking a winter holiday is a good idea and could be the perfect antidote to any hint of the winter blues.

Headtorches for Running and Hiking

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 02 December 2018

A guide to choosing a suitable headtorch for running or hiking, to help light up those dark nights and see you safely through from dusk until dawn.

Whether you’re heading out for an evening run, got caught out as the sun set on a hike, or just finding your way to the campsite facilities, a decent headtorch will make all the difference. Advances in lighting capacity and battery technology now offer us a dazzling range to choose from, depending on our budget and needs. Simple models with minimal adjustment sit alongside more advanced models, offering programmable lighting modes, multiple beams, and even intelligent reactive lighting that economises battery power.

Kendal Mountain Festival

Written by  Julia 02 December 2018

Share the Adventure

Celebrating the very best in outdoor and adventure sports culture

For many UK mountain lovers the annual Kendal Mountain Festival is a permanent fixture. It was a great pleasure this year for Tracks and Trails to be part of the action both as a guest speaker in the Mountain Running Session and in the Hood To Trail trail running film premiere.

Bulgaria - Land of Wild Mountains

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 01 December 2018

A country full of surprises. Without a doubt Bulgaria has wonderful mountains offering some extraordinary opportunities for snowshoeing. With a reliable snowfall it is fast becoming a well-recognised destination for winter activities and is our new snowshoe trip for 2019. 

  • Bulgaria produces more lavender than France
  • National Parks are home to wolves, bears and jackals
  • Plovdiv is European Capital of Culture in 2019
  • 70% of the population benefit from a University education
  • Pirin National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Trigrad Gorge is the mythical entrance to “Hades”
  • Shopska salad will be eaten every day at least once!

Finnish frontiers and a girl called 'Aurora'

Written by  Jim 01 December 2018

Featuring in winter 2019 is Finland. We have two new cross country skiing trips in this truly Nordic country.

We have been surprised and amazed by the richness of the culture and history in Finland. The welcome has been warm and the Finnish people keen to share their knowledge and passion for their country. To sit round a lunchtime camp fire deep in a remote forest and listen to tales of goblins and suchlike, and stories of the folklore of the Sami people is a joy.

Aurora? What can I say about Aurora as she came to be known? Every night of the week around dinnertime somebody in the group would consult the “Aurora” app to check the probability of seeing the Aurora Borealis and when it would be best to layer up and venture out into the night. Such was the nightly conversation that THE Aurora, took on a female form and simply became known as ’she’ or Aurora. Regular question - when is Aurora coming out to play tonight? I’d not seen the Northern Lights before and truly they are astonishing - mesmerising, like watching flames in a fire but way colder and incredibly beautiful. I’ll definitely be going back to Äkäslompolo with T&T but first I have to tick off their Hallindgal trip in March. Bring it on!

Montane News

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 25 November 2018

On a glorious warm November day Montane Ambassador and director of Tracks and Trails, Julia Tregaskis-Allen, caught our partner Montane at the 2018 Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

#mymontane Share your story and you could win £150 of Montane kit! Every month Montane select one winner from entrants of all walks of life. To enter all you have to do is have an outdoor story to tell. It can be anything from; first summits to personal goals, celebrating a summit, enjoying a slog or relieved one is over! Can we make Decembers winner a Tracks and Trails entrant?

It was great to spend time with the Montane Team to discuss new kit, clothing and ventures for winter and summer 2019.

Celebrating Our Website Launch

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 28 October 2018

After almost a year's work by the Tracks and Trails team, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website!

Together with our revamped logo we hope you like our fresh new ‘look’, and with the help of an easy trip search tool find it easy to navigate. It has everything our trusty old site had but also a lot more!

The design we feel allows us to showcase our trips bringing them alive with improved; photo galleries, maps, videos, accommodation details and guest reviews. We've an area dedicated to the fabulous team of guides we work with, a 'My Account' section, revised trip grading system, and we can take online payments which will automatically update the places available to help make choosing and managing your trip easier. We hope that you enjoy seeing the results so far, and we value any feedback.

Leki Poles - 2018 summer range

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 13 July 2018

Whether you’re walking, running or skiing, poles can be a major advantage to your speed and balance. Tracks and Trails have teamed up with Leki who have given us four of their latest summer poles that offer something for all your summer mountain occasions.

Swiss Perfection - Top places to visit in Switzerland

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 13 July 2018

As a destination for nature and culture lovers, Switzerland offers an impressive choice of landscapes and traditions to enjoy. Whether hiking in the shadow of the Matterhorn, swimming in Lac Léman, or running beneath the Eiger, there’s something for everyone in this outdoor paradise.

Rucksack Review 2018

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 01 June 2018

It's fair to say that we all like to browse and buy new kit and when heading to the mountains your backpack is by far the most used item. If you've decided it's time for an upgrade whether setting out for one or several day’s hiking, you’re spoilt for choice from a bewildering range of rucksacks. To help you choose your ideal trekking backpack, we’ve short listed several models that will serve you well on your next mountain adventure.