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A walk on the Isle of Wight side
Walking the coast of the Isle of Wight this spring was both challenging and exhilarating and left us with memories of beautiful coastline, small villages and towering cliffs. It took five days to complete with an average of 15 miles per day, but the sights and fun we had outweighed any aches and pains.
The colourful beach huts, jagged coast lines and the famous colourful sands of Alum Bay did not disappoint as we headed around the island.
We saw llamas, badgers, different coloured butterflies and even an adder slithered away in front of us. Purple-carpeted cliffs greeted us as well as sandy and pebbly beaches spotted with seaweed and circled with sea birds. We laughed, sang and danced our way around this magical island.
Emma Furniss wins a £500 travel voucher with Kudu Travel
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Scottish getaway is a great escape from the everyday
We travelled with our children, aged four and seven, to Dumfries and Galloway in April of this year. The Hidden Mill was our home for four days and was an excellent base to explore the area.
We headed out to Mossyard Beach, which was only 40 minutes away. Oh, what a treat. The sea was unusually warm for the time of year, the rocks were smothered with blue mussels and the children ran around for hours and hours. Closer to the mill we rambled along and came to the top of a hill, which the kids loved rolling down. The view was spectacular and we felt we were a world away from our home in Manchester.
Beach exploring, walking and lake sailing, what more could you ask for?
Shami Thomas, by email
History and culture on the road to Stovehaven
My July 2015 trip was inspired by a Windows 7 background picture. I rode my Triumph Bonneville America from London to Scotland to visit Dunnottar Castle, a ruined medieval fortress located on a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, just under two miles south of Stonehaven. I stopped in Stonehaven and walked the coastal path, then rode across to Largs for a look at the Vikings and a trip on The Waverley paddle steamer.
I only passed my bike test in 2012 aged 49, so the whole holiday was a bit of an adventure.
Maggie Haile, London
Gear up for a whirlwind two-day Ben Nevis trek
Our trip saw us head from London to Fort William by Caledonian Sleeper train, then walk up Ben Nevis, cycle to Inverness and take the sleeper train back all in 48 hours.
We caught the 9.15pm from Euston station. Coffee in the morning, looking out over an empty Scotland, wakes you with gusto. We arrived at Fort William at 9.55am, collecting our bikes to cycle the four miles to the Ben Nevis information centre, before walking up and down Ben Nevis.
The second day saw us cycle the Great Glen Way 66 miles to Inverness. We began at Neptune’s Staircase, then took the Caledonia Way cycle path and followed the canal tow path and forest roads, finishing on a quiet road on the south side of Loch Ness with fantastic Scottish scenery all the way. We boarded the 8.44pm Caledonian Sleeper at Inverness station and slept like logs to wake in London at 8am.
This is the best time of year to do it too, midge season is finished and the golden colour of autumn is on its way.
Colin Harvey, Oxfordshire
Spectacular views await at the summit of Pendle Hill
Our experiences may seem tame to some, but our two treks were challenging to us. We compiled a list of 10 things to do before we were 70 and 75 respectively. One was to climb Pendle Hill, Lancashire, of the witches’ fame, and we completed this in the spring. The views from the summit across Lancashire were spectacular.
Last week when the tides were in our favour we crossed to Hilbre Island in the Wirral to discover there were actually three islands. The winds against us made it slow going but the memorable experience was to see the Liverpool skyline one side and the Welsh hills on the other, on this beautiful expanse of wild coast where the oyster catchers gathered companionably. These adventures are on our doorstep.
Rosie Dansey, Merseyside
Reaching Knoydart Munros was harder than the climbs
Getting to the three Munros on Knoydart is more arduous than the climbs themselves. Knoydart, a peninsula of 55,000 acres on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, is only reachable by boat or on foot. But Luinne Bheinn and Meall Buidhe are still far to the north. Come from the east on 22 miles of road to Loch Hourn, then walk four hours to a bothy at the base of Ladher Bheinn, but now your goals are many hours’ to the west. This is the remotest piece of land in the Scottish Highlands. Go prepared to enjoy it.
Janet Wallace, Hampshire