Yau Tong to Tseung Kwan O via Black Hill and Mau Wu Shan (油塘 – 五桂山 – 茅湖山 – 將軍澳) – a quintessentially Hong Kong hill walk

Despite its popular image as an urban jungle, Hong Kong is essentially a peninsula surrounded by a large collection of islands, all dominated by steep hills. Since one is never really that far away from the nearest hill, walkers in Hong Kong are spoilt for choice when it comes to easily accessible, yet rewarding - … Continue reading Yau Tong to Tseung Kwan O via Black Hill and Mau Wu Shan (油塘 – 五桂山 – 茅湖山 – 將軍澳) – a quintessentially Hong Kong hill walk

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Allan Bank to Easedale Tarn: a vision of the Lakes

Having been blessed with days of sunshine, which allowed us to enjoy some fantastic panoramic views atop Skiddaw and Helvellyn, rain finally descended the last morning of our week-long stay in the Lake District. Driving through the misty rain, we arrived in Grasmere late morning. Our plan was to visit the National Trust's Allan Bank, which counted William … Continue reading Allan Bank to Easedale Tarn: a vision of the Lakes

Self-guided sight-jogging in Valletta

There are many ways to explore a city as a tourist. You can check out the sights whilst sitting on an open-top bus; you can join a guided walking tour; you can follow the instructions and maps in your guidebook; you can wander aimlessly, soaking up the sights and culture as you go. Or, as we … Continue reading Self-guided sight-jogging in Valletta

Capel-y-ffin: a hidden halmet in the Welsh Black Mountains

Distance: 10.4 miles; Ascent: 1955ft; Start/End: Capel-y-ffin Meaning 'chapel of the boundary / end', Capel-y-ffin is a place that evokes a sense of mystery. Standing at the head of the secluded Vale of Ewyas (close to the borders with Monmouthshire and Herefordshire), this hidden Welsh hamlet has for over a century attracted monks, artists and walkers alike. Curious to experience for … Continue reading Capel-y-ffin: a hidden halmet in the Welsh Black Mountains

Dungeness: the last frontier

We have been to many wonderful places in the UK, from Uig to Zennor, but nowhere have we been that has left us with such an impression, one that was not just immediate, but also long-lasting. For us, Dungeness was more a “why” than a “wow”. Dungeness is the southernmost point in Kent. Like many … Continue reading Dungeness: the last frontier