Having visited Tokyo a couple of years ago and enjoyed our trip immensely, we knew that we would one day like to return to Japan to explore the rural beauty the country has to offer. Luckily, we did not have to wait long. A recent trip to visit relatives in Hong Kong afforded us the … Continue reading Hiking the lost world of Yakushima (屋久島)
Overlooking Thamesmead - the notorious riverside 1960s new town which failed to fulfil the planners’ and the residents’ utopian dream - Lesnes Abbey and its adjacent woods sit quietly along one of the less visited sections of the London Green Chain network. However, for those who have made the effort to walk this stretch of … Continue reading Southeast London hidden gems: Lesnes Abbey Woods and Bostall Woods
This is an account of my first-ever fell race - the Pen-y-Ghent fell race - which took place back in June this year in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire. To see the route, click here. ~Sze Kiu 1pm, Saturday 2 June, a field in Horton-in-Ribblesdale “You really must try and eat something,” See Wah implored, waving a squashed, … Continue reading It’s just running up a hill and down again. Or is it?
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
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
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
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
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