Owen Peters finds out about walking in Suffolk along the Deben Estuary from Felixstowe to Woodbridge.
I plan on spending around 6/7 days on my Falmouth Hostel holiday. My intention is to explore this area of the Cornish Riviera by walking, assisted by various train journeys where and whenever required. My base is Falmouth Backpackers Hostel five minutes stroll from the town’s rail station.
The Isle of Man coastal route provides a number of stunning walks all accessible from where ever you are based.
I stretch out on a long wooden bench, gently, gently drifting off. A seagull acts as my alarm call, 30 minutes later! Here on Walney Island within site of the lighthouse I’ve been drugged by the sea air.
I’ve found a secluded Hostel. The rooms are basic, clean, comfortable, perfect if you’re rambling, climbing, cycling or taking time out to immerse yourself amongst the area’s outstanding scenery. Maughold Ventre Centre is a hidden gem on the Isle of Man.
I’m staying at River House Hostel and planning to ascend Gareth Hill, Cardiff ‘s Highest Mountain. Gareth Hill overlooks the semi rural village of Taff’s Well, the Gateway to the Valleys.
Hoad Monument, it’s correct name being Sir John Barrow Monument stands on top of Hoad Hill, 100 feet high monopolising the landscape around Ulverston. Although it isn’t a lighthouse, it’s design is taken from the third Eddystone lighthouse design, Smeaton’s Tower. From the town there are plenty of signs for the monument with well trodden and easily accessible paths. A pleasant stroll of 20 minutes, I’m alongside the monument. What an impressive beast.
Arriving back at Arnside Hostel all the village lights are on which is serenely picturesque and both comforting and charming in equal measure. The sun has disappeared into the sea for another day.
My base for my five day exploration of Cardiff its coastline and surrounding areas, The River House Hostel a gentle five minute stroll from the cities central rail station.
I’m on the Isle of Skye staying at the BROADFORD BACKPACKERS Hostel organising myself to climb Beinna Caillick and The Broadford Red Hills.
Along the Great Glen Way path I’m now meeting people without backpacks and big boots. Locals walking their dogs, a sure sign I’m entering Fort William’s local community, and coming to the end of my walk.
At Laggan Lochs I am asked by the cafe manager, “You’re not thinking of walking it there are you?” knowing I’ve just come in from Fort Augustus. Before I answer she continues “Let me tell you it’s a funny old walk, it seems to be longer, some how farther than you think”
As I set off for Fort Augustus on the Great Glen Way, it’s a blowy, rainy morning requiring the shelter of a heavy rainproof coat. Once again there are large section of the route along the road but soon I will be climbing the forested sides of Loch Ness.
My first day on The Great Glen Walk is planned, Inverness to Drumnadrochit. Distance 20+ plus miles. Having left the picturesque city of Inverness, via canal paths, pavements and a section of housing estate, the woodland section begins.
From my starting point I’m approximately one hour into my walk up Ben Nevis mountain. It’s raining with a slight headwind, in front are a young couple in jeans, sandals and a showerproof kagools. We are all in the early stages of climbing Ben Nevis. Who would have thought their would be snow ahead?
I have learned hostel life is good, more than good and I have decided to go home and explore the UK Hostels. Remember, you’re never too old to throw away your perceptions.