The only thing that is currently certain about taking summer holidays, is that the Covid-19 pandemic has made the near future ‘uncertain’. Having said that we are optimistic as Governments across Europe are due to re-open their borders on 15 June, 2020. From that date many countries within the Schengen Zone are easing restrictions allowing travel for example between France, and Switzerland.
September and October are our favourite months and we are hopeful that any guidelines will soon be clarified to allow adventure travel operators to go-ahead with trips in late autumn. Indeed, we have often thought we should offer more trips at this time of year as the mountains are at their most beautiful and peaceful, as the leaves turn red and gold, and nature prepares for its winter hibernation.
One thing is certain, that businesses within the travel industry are reacting as best they can to ensure the industry is back up and running as soon as it is safe to do so. We will know more about this and the guidelines we must adhere to in early June. We would like to reassure our guests that at Tracks and Trails we will always ensure you travel in the safest possible environment. In order to provide you with peace of mind during this challenging period we will be producing a Health and Hygiene Policy for future travel.
Many of the hotels we would normally use for summer trips are now staying open later into October so we’ve been able to add dates to some of our favourite trips so you can still enjoy them.
Scroll down for our top picks for Autumn, including our new ‘West Highland Way’ in the Scottish Highlands, new 6 day 'Dolomites: Alta Via Trail Run' and great escapes to the warmth of the Spanish isle of Mallorca and remote Tuscan mountains of Italy.
And remember, full refunds are guaranteed if your trip doesn’t run due to Covid-19.
I am not long back from a trip to Skye in Scotland where I was Producing for the BBC TV programme, The Adventure Show. We were busy filming the Skye Sportive a challenging 151 km in some of Scotland's finest scenery. Talking of which it is pouring down in Chamonix this morning, so rather Scottish in the Alps today!
I've just spent two days working on a project to save one of our rarest mountain habitats. The aim is to produce a new DVD to be distributed by the charity, Action for Mountain Woodlands . Montane Scrub, which is made up of the likes of juniper, dwarf willow and birch, is disappearing fast from our mountain sides. Over-grazing by sheep and deer isn't helping the plight of a habitat which dates back 14,000 years.
What a brilliant few weeks of filming for the BBC. I've been busy working as Producer/Director on The Adventure Show which has been a roller coaster of adventure sports events. First, we were off to film the Islands Peaks Race which involves competitors sailing/running from Oban, to Mull, Jura, Arran then back to Troon for the finish. The weather was foul and I was amazed by the guts and determination of the sailors and runners. They had no respite from the weather and sailed/ran through the night taking in the three highest peaks on the three islands - totally amazing. I think it should make great TV - once we've wiped all the sea spray from the film!
Team 'Tracks and Trails' have just returned to the Peak District following the 2 day Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM). My team mate, who's also my husband, was mountain guide Olly Allen. A recipe for success or disaster?
Following a sunny climbing road trip and final run preperations in Wales and Northumberland, Olly and I started to make our way north for the LAMM. The LAMM, known as the 'connoisseurs' mountain marathon, is a 2 day mountain competition, in pairs, navigating along the way with an overnight camp. This means you carry all your own sleeping equipment, food and stove etc for 2 days on the hill.
What a truly glorious welcome back to the Highlands: bue skies, sunshine, dry rock and stunning views. It's always a treat when I arrive back from an Alpine winter to find Scotland bathed in sunshine. After my stint in Orkney, I headed straight for Creag Meagaidh in the Highlands for a days navigation tuition with two clients/friends. Laminated maps and pacing guides in hand we strode off into the beautiful Coire Ardair and up the snow slope to the 'Window' and on round the tops to the summit.
The Adventure Show BBC2 Scotland - dont miss it! BBC 2 Scotland Sunday 22 February 06.05pm and Sky Channel 990
What a day it's been - blue skies, snowy mountains and a biting cold wind on the summit. A day when you are glad to be alive and in Scotland! I left the Alps a week ago to nip back to Scotland to do some media work for the BBC. It included today's expedition into the Monadliath mountains behind Newtontmore for The Adventure Show which is broadcast on BBC2 Scotland each month.
Keeping Scotland's Mountains Clean. We're Just in from a day spent cleaning up the bothy in Glenfeshie in the Scottish Highlands.
Bothies are such a wonderful part of our mountain culture, a place of shelter for many years for those walking and working in the hills, but sadly they are not always well treated. So, off I set with two mates - Heather Morning, who works with the Cairngorm Ranger Service and Di Gilbert, Climbing Instructor - to do our bit for our mountain heritage.
It's a winter wonderland in Scotland at the moment. It's only 1st November and today on Cairngorm it was a perfect winter day to be out in the mountains. I honestly have never seen so many ski tourers out, ever!
Winter routes were also attracting plenty of climbers. I saw teams on Savage Slit and ran into Mountain Guide John Lyall, who had just done Deep Throat with John Jones. Apparently, the climbing was in 'great nick' and providing excellent fun.