Mountain Walks – 2012

The Lizard in Cornwall, The Dolomites, Zell-am-See and Triglav

13 days of walks over 20 days

The first week of this trip was spent with the Gang in Tuscany, based at Montepulciano, and another few days were spent in Firenze, based in Fiesole. But we still managed to fit in some serious walking, some on cliff-rimmed coastline, and some in mountains.

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The Lizard in Cornwall – 3rd week of May

The Lizard is the southernmost peninsula of the UK, between Penzance to Falmouth, and generally thought of as one of the best parts of the south-west coastal path. It has cliffs and some beaches, and some interestingly diverse geology and vegetation. We spent 5 days doing the 58miles / 93km with c. 500m rise and fall each day along the c. 70m cliffs.

The logistics are slightly challenging. We did the first part of our track, from Marazion to Porthleven (21km), by driving from our base (at Downfield B&B near Maenporth) to Porthleven, and catching the bus west. (The bus was delayed, as the Olympic Flame came past us). The remainder we did by leaving the car at Downfield, walking (the last part of the section) to Falmouth, and catching the bus to Porthleven. Then we resumed the walk eastwards around the peninsula for five days, staying at B&Bs at Mullion (18km), The Lizard (11km) and Coverack (18km). The last day was a little tiring (25km) back to Downfield, incl. fording Helford Passage at low tide when the ferry (punt) wasn't running.

St Michael's Mount,
opp. Marazion
Peregrine Falcon
en route to Porthleven
Mullion Cove
The Pound
A Fulmar
Kynance Cove ...
... and its famous rockfaces ...
... complete with barnacles
The Devils Frypan
Cadgewith Cove
Cliffs and
Happy Walker
Tha last kilometers
back to Downfield

Dolomites – 1st week of June

One of our favourite places is the top of Val Gardena. Chalet Gerard is rather expensive, but very nice, and overnighting there between Tuscany and the Tirol enabled us to get a quick evening walk in, further up the valley.

Looking north to the Sella Pass
Looking SW over the Chalet
to Sasso Luongo
Further up the Valley,
looking up at Passo Gardena
Even more atmospheric,
late in the day

Zell-am-See – 2nd week of June

A nice area, but there were fewer good walks than we expected, and the weather was mostly poor.

Near Valdaora, en route
Larch, Kifer and Tanne
Saalalm, showing
why you carry wet-gear
Walking some way into
the Steinernes Meer
A glacial valley
well up into the Hohe Tauern
Pinzgauer cattle
above the Saalbachtal
View south
across that valley ...
... to the next day's walk,
with brave-faced walker
On the Schmittenhohe,
towards the Grossglockner
Path down northwards
into the Saalbachtal
Mitternberg, last day,
best walk, best weather ...
... Zell across the See ...
... with Fam. Hofer

Triglav Region – 3rd week of June

Another of our favourite places is the Julian Alps, beside Bled in NW Slovenia. Linda did yet another walk while Roger was at his conference, in wilderness, with hardly another soul on the track. The Triglav Lakes walk begins at the end of Lake Bohinj, climbs a face, then follows up a stark valley that curves N and NW towards Triglav.

On the horizon, from the left
Male Triglav and Triglav (2850m),
then Rjavina (2532m).
The ridge in the foreground
ends in Debela Pec (2000m)
An average morning outside
the Toplice Hotel window
Looking back down the
vertiginous cliff up
from Lake Bohinj
Black Lake,
soon afterwards
Hut beside one
of the Triglav Lakes
Further on, looking
north towards the Lakes
... and looking back south
across Bohinj to Mt Vogel
Not-so-shy chamois,
'playing silly games'

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Created: 14 July 2013; Last Amended: 14 July 2013