T&T Blogs

Hopes of Spring in hidden Tuscany

Written by  Julia 06 April 2022

What a difference a year makes! A year ago we were still to emerge from a long, cold, dark and snow-bound winter. The mountains were oppressive, the forest gloomy and forbidding, our minds constrained by the memory of what had gone before. Of course, the memories are still there, never to be expunged, but the sheer zingy brightness of this Spring is a balm to the tortured soul.

Early April sees us tramping through the woods checking trails and trying to exhaust an irrepressibly bouncy Irish Terrier. Is it just me or are there more nodding Hellebores than ever before? Cyclamen have emerged from frozen ground and compete with blankets of Violas and Ajuga for the flashiest dazzle of colour. I always considered Primroses a rather mundane flower - a bit "Meh" - but to come across a small glade in a new walking path completely covered in the creamy yellow is a wonder to behold. The lack of canopy has allowed three months of almost uninterrupted sunshine to summon this riot of colour to lift our spirits.


Running Buggy Test

Written by  Julia 02 April 2022

Julia Tregaskis-Allen and Claire Maxted of Wild Ginger Running have made use of their new roles as Mums testing 6 of the best running buggies and multi-sport trailers on the market. After a year on test their review is now complete with all the things we that they would have liked to have known prior to buying one.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Freedom to roam! Traditional buggies are SO limited. Even if you are not a runner the design of these buggies allow you to escape pavements and uniformed paths. Even if it’s just for walks if gives greater access off the beaten track, to access a good picnic site, viewpoint, river side trails, beaches etc. meaning no one is left holding the baby!

What Kit to Bring Trail Running

Written by  Tim Matthewson 27 March 2022

What is trail running? 

According to Wikipedia, 'Trail Running' is a sport-activity which combines running, and, where there are steep gradients, hiking, that is run "on any unpaved surface".  Anyone can trail run, whether this be competitively or just getting out and enjoying the nature.  Here we highlight the key kit you need to get started.

Trail running is great because you don’t need very much to start, a lot of us think we need more than we do. The key is to make sure your gear is safe, useful and light weight.

Ideally you want the minimum gear to travel quickly and as comfortably as possible. But things can change quickly on the trail, such as weather and injury, so you might find yourself taking more than you use. If you’re unsure, try checking local races for mandatory kit checklists and you can often base what you pack accordingly.

Continue reading to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything for your next run.


Travelling by Public Transport

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 24 March 2022
Ever since we ran our first trips in 2007, we have been committed to keeping the world's most beautiful places pristine by minimising our environmental impact. As protecting our environment and reducing carbon emissions becomes an important part of our lives, there are steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprints while holiday planning. Travelling by public transport instead of by plane or car is an easy way in which we can make our travel greener.

Partnership with the Ski Club of Great Britain

Written by  Julia 11 August 2021

We are delighted to announce a new venture for Tracks and Trails, a partnership with the Ski Club of Great Britain.

For winter 2022, the Ski Club have enhanced their partnerships programme which we are proud to be a part of. The partnership programme ensures members exclusive discounts only available to Ski Club members.

The Ski Club mainly focuses on Alpine downhill skiing, but after the massive surge in popularity in cross-country skiing, and UK summer staycations, the Club is keen to be affiliated to Tracks and Trails offering its members our trips in the UK, the Alps and Scandinavia.


Running your first 10km

Written by  Tim Matthewson 07 August 2021

Having worked out with Joe Wicks in the living room, completed couch to 5km and participated in the local Parkrun it’s time for the next challenge, running 10km.

Doubling the distance can be intimidating but it’s a fulfilling distance to train for, it won’t take over your whole life and following a few simple steps you’ll be able to see huge improvements quickly. 

So, what better way to enter the autumn than with a plan ready to challenge yourself, push your limits, and explore new areas outdoors.  If it's been a while since you last exercised or you have any health issues or concerns, talk to your doctor before starting a new running routine.

Read on to find out how to progress safely through the stages of running your first 10km.


The Himalayas in Europe - Ecrins National Park

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 04 July 2021

To be able to slow down and take life at the pace of the 'montagnards' is hugely appealing right now. Too much social media, press, politics, Covid, Brexit and such like make me shy away from the digital world and long to be back in the mountains. In a remote valley in the French Alps I discovered a haven of tranquility where chatting to your neighbour is more important than your Facebook 'Likes', and where the seasons dictate the pace.


Nutrition: Getting back on track!

Written by  Chris Roe
, Nutrition intern working with Rebecca Dent, High Performance Dietitian 20 June 2021

It's been a turbulent time for the past 18 months. The global pandemic that is Covid-19 has had a personal, financial and physical effect on everyone. Now we are having vaccines and hoping for normality and freedom to return, and this too could prove to be a daunting time with uncertainty never far away.


UK Staycation for Summer 2021

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 17 March 2021

Summer is approaching and we know that the easing of 'lockdown' in the UK is encouraging many of you to contemplate a holiday. If travelling abroad is not on your radar this summer, then you might be looking at what you can do in the UK. With this in mind we have a few ideas on how to head for the hills and enjoy the great outdoors.  What is more staying local will cut your carbon footprint and benefit the environment, while most likely also reducing the impact on your wallet. 

We have trips on offer in Scotland and England as Scheduled Departures, and then, of course, you can also consider booking a private trip with Tracks and Trails which is one of the best ways to ensure some summer fun.  


Nordic Ski Touring: Head 'off-track' this winter

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 08 December 2020

If there was ever a winter when cross-country skiing was a perfect ‘fit’ then this is it! No lift queues, no cheek to jowl crush in the cable car, no teeming lunchtime bars and restaurants. Why would you do that when you can head into the wilderness instead, and enjoy perfect 'social distancing'?

We already offer a wide range of cross-country adventures, but now we’re also giving you the chance to get ‘off-track’. By this we mean cross-country skiing away from the prepared trails - a true mountain journey.