Category Archives: Switzerland

A Moment on the Trail to Engelberg

The early evening air is calm and the weather benign as I rest on the soft turf by the summit of the pass. Across the valley jagged mountains rise through the billowing clouds that seem almost as solid as the … Continue reading

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Hiking From Grindelwald to Zermatt – A Long Walk in the Alps Revisited

During the summer of 2007 I hiked through the Swiss Alps from Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland to Zermatt in the Valais and wrote A Long Walk in the Alps about my experiences along the way. The story’s been out … Continue reading

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The Jura Mountains of Northern Switzerland – le Chasseron

One of the most enduring memories of childhood holidays to the alpine regions  was that wild and relatively unpopulated area of forested, mist shrouded hills that we passed through on leaving the lowlands of France and before sighting the high … Continue reading

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Views of the Grand St Bernard

The four travellers made their way slowly along the rough path that climbed gradually across the steep mountainside. They had been going for several hours and all were weary as they stumbled on the stones and the ground frozen iron … Continue reading

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A Walk from the Top of Europe

Outside the rain is coming down with a renewed sense of purpose and the wind is threatening to carry away anything that is not tied down. Inside, my four year old son re-enacts episodes of Fireman Sam and Lazy Town while I … Continue reading

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Saas Fee and the Gemsweg – A Walk in the Rain

The valley of the Rhone between Brig and Visp is a place of odd contrasts. On its parched floor, ancient hay barns vie for space with high tech business parks while above, vast mountain slopes drop from fields of permanent … Continue reading

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Wandering Through Switzerland – Grimsel to Gotthard Day Two

The rain is still falling in the morning but by the time I have finished my breakfast it seems less heavy and there are noticeable patches of lighter grey overhead. Stepping outside my hotel reveals that there has been a … Continue reading

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