Active Travel: #SeeingSwitzerland & Giveaway

Post in collaboration with Inntravel

I’ve been lucky this year as I’ve had the opportunity to go on a couple of fun trips. I also have a couple more active breaks coming up in June which I am really excited about. However, I’ve never been on a walking holiday. I talked about walking the North Downs Way once and another time, I rather optimistically planned to walk to Cornwall from London with a friend. It was going to take several weeks, but then it never happened. If, like me, you fancy taking on a walking break sometime, then Inntravel, the slow-holidays company offer a self-guided trip, “From The Eiger To The Matterhorn“.

 

Eiger to Matterhorn

 

As I’ve got older, I’ve become a big fan of active breaks. It’s nice to relax in the sunshine sometimes, but I very quickly get bored. Engaging in some active travel is a great way of seeing new places while having fun – kayaking around Guernsey and Jersey was fantastic and we got to see the islands from a different perspective, while having a workout.

 

Jersey parkrun

Jo & I on an active weekend in Jersey!

 

At some point, I would love to actually get round to going on a walking holiday and the route from The Eiger to the Matterhorn in Switzerland promises some of the best walking in the Alps. I have spent very little time in Switzerland, but I remember on THAT school trip to Italy by coach (seriously, who does that?), waking up to the beautiful sights of the mountains as we drove through Switzerland. The view was like nothing I’d ever seen before.

 

Switzerland

 

Since then, I have really longed to go back and see it properly. A walking holiday seems like a wonderful way of experiencing the views of the mountains and seeing the lakes in the valleys. The Eiger – Matterhorn route covers over 150km, with altitudes of over 3000m in places. The route is self guided – walkers are given maps and detailed routes to cover while their luggage is carried on ahead. This means that walkers can enjoy the walk and surroundings without worrying about carrying their luggage to the next hotel, but the self-guided aspect means it can be taken at a personal pace without worrying about keeping up with a group. There is nothing better than soaking up the fresh air of the outdoors and although I may enjoy a day on the beach, I need to feel like I’m doing something. It’s lovely to relax on the sand, by the water. But with an active trip, you can move around and see so much more. With a walking trip, no two days will be the same. Switzerland is a country of natural beauty and with all that walking, you’ve got a great reason to fuel up on Lindt chocolate. In the evening, recover with one of the most iconic meals of Switzerland – fondue. Honestly, is there anything better than decadent cheese for recovery?

If a walking trip tickles your fancy, then I’ve got a great treat for you. I’ve teamed up with Inntravel who are giving away a Xeron Element rucksack by Mammut, worth £55, ideal for your walking breaks. It would be unwise to set out for a long walk unprepared, especially when covering a harder route and this bag is ideal for packing the essentials such as spare socks, water (essential), blister plasters, a second layer, a torch, and a camera for snapping photos of the stunning scenery. To be in with a chance of winning, enter the rafflecopter below.

 

mammut mammut2

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Post in collaboration with Inntravel

71 Comments

  1. May 26, 2017 / 7:58 am

    This competition looks amazing! It’s always great to get some new equipment.

  2. Rob Pullinger
    May 26, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Vicky and I did a walking holiday in Wales at Easter with HFHolidays.

  3. May 26, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I’d love to go hiking in the Rockies – such amazing scenery.

  4. Stuart Walker
    May 26, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Wouldn’t mind a stroll through South America to see the ancient temples, that’d be nice. Especially as that bag would match my boots! Yaaay.

  5. Tracy Nixon
    May 26, 2017 / 10:19 am

    To the Isle of Mull! I have always wanted to go there!

  6. iain maciver
    May 26, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    scotland

  7. Annabel Greaves
    May 26, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I would love to go to the Austrian mountains, I have been there before and they are the most picturesque place I have ever visited

  8. Alica
    May 26, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    I would love to go to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail in Japan!

  9. Sue McCarthy
    May 26, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Would love to go to Corsica

  10. laura stewart
    May 26, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    th elake district x

  11. clair downham
    May 26, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    italy

  12. Susan Smith
    May 26, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Scotland

  13. Michelle Ferguson
    May 26, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I would love to go to Austria, went when I was a kid for three weeks camping but a massive storm hit the first night so we had to go home

  14. Isabel O
    May 26, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Hmm maybe Switzerland or Italy? I am not sure as I haven’t been on one before but I have always wanted to.

  15. Rachel
    May 26, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Always the Lake District – perhaps not hugely imaginative but we love it there!

  16. Solange
    May 26, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    The Lake District.

  17. Harline Parkin
    May 27, 2017 / 4:22 am

    I visited the Aviemore I loved walking in the Cairngorms in Scotland I’d do that again

  18. Graham Ross
    May 27, 2017 / 6:04 am

    The Lake District

  19. Sheena Batey
    May 27, 2017 / 7:23 am

    I love Austria and it’s perfect for walking.

  20. Laura Pritchard
    May 27, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    On Dartmoor, I love it there!

  21. Allan Wilson
    May 28, 2017 / 5:56 am

    Would love to go walking in Iceland

  22. Hugh Jones
    May 28, 2017 / 10:21 am

    I would go to The Austrian Alps for a walking holiday.

  23. Kim Neville
    May 28, 2017 / 11:07 am

    To go to Austria’s Lake District would be wonderful

  24. Sarah Davison
    May 28, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    The Lake District…my favourite place.

  25. Colin Gault
    May 28, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    The Peak District

  26. MANDY DOHERTY
    May 28, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    The Lake District

  27. Sian
    May 28, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Scottish highlands!

  28. pete c
    May 28, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    the Norfolk Broads

  29. Sadiyya Maryam
    May 29, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Would love to hear hiking with my husband and daughter through the mountain villages in Lebanon we have been before but she was so young would love to take her back again.

  30. Louis Perera
    May 29, 2017 / 6:54 am

    I would go walking in north wales

  31. claire woods
    May 29, 2017 / 11:12 am

    The Lake District.

  32. laura banks
    May 29, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    i like going to the lake district but italy would be nice

  33. carole n
    May 29, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Suffolk/Norfolk borders along the wild stretches of castline

  34. JULIE WARD
    May 29, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Hopefully the Lake Ditrict

  35. Robert Price
    May 29, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    The North Wales Coast

  36. Lorna Ledger
    May 29, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    NEw Zealand, it would be awesome!

  37. Liz T
    May 29, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    The south west path

  38. T. Brailey
    May 30, 2017 / 5:32 am

    I love walking in Cornwall – lots of places to go and the sights are amazing.

  39. judy kennedy
    May 30, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Somewhere in the Scottish Highliands

  40. Anthea Holloway
    May 31, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    I would love to walk along the South West Coastal Path – such beautiful scenery and wonderful sea views too.

  41. Sheri Darby
    May 31, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    We will be walking the Dorset coast this summer

  42. Karen Gray
    May 31, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    We’ve just moved nearer Lake District so that’s next on the list.

  43. Kathleen Lynch
    June 1, 2017 / 7:58 am

    The Highlands, however midges put me off.

  44. Carol Boffey
    June 1, 2017 / 8:01 am

    scotland

  45. Ruth Harwood
    June 1, 2017 / 11:04 am

    to see the great wall of china!

  46. Louise Farmer
    June 1, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Looks like a fab rucksack, I need a new one as we will be walking in the Peak district this summer!

  47. sion gibby
    June 1, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    for me, and my family, brecon beacons would be perfect- not too far away and still loads of it that i haven’t explored yet

  48. Victoria Prince
    June 1, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    I would love to go to the Peak District :) fantastic place for a walking holiday!

  49. Allan Fullarton
    June 1, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Lake District.

  50. Victoria Thurgood
    June 1, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Scotland

  51. Tee Simpson
    June 1, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I would love to walk through Italy. It would be beautiful

  52. Carole S
    June 1, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    I’d like to walk on the Cami de Cavalls – all the way around Menorca.

  53. Heather Tinkler
    June 1, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Anywhere in canada!!

  54. ABIGAIL HAMILTON
    June 1, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Swiss Alps with my sons

  55. Geoff Hibbert
    June 2, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Cornwall

  56. elaine stokes
    June 2, 2017 / 7:48 am

    we go to Northumberland and would do the coastal walk with the dog

  57. Dawn Underwood
    June 2, 2017 / 8:41 am

    I do the South West Coast Path

  58. June 2, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I miss Switzerland! My daily runs along the Rhein and taking the tram to Germany to run back to Basel were so much fun :)

  59. Chris Fletcher
    June 2, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I’d love to go walking through the Alps

  60. Stevie
    June 2, 2017 / 11:07 am

    I would like to go around Scotland on a walking tour.

  61. Keith Hunt
    June 2, 2017 / 11:23 am

    We go to Iceland each year.

  62. liz mitchell
    June 2, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Lofoten Islands in Norway

  63. Ann Skamarauskas
    June 2, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Austria

  64. Hayley Todd
    June 2, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I would love to go on a walking tour of Italy, from the Mugello Hills to Florence

  65. Sarah Austin
    June 2, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Cornwall – I love the coastline so beautiful

  66. Jayne Townson
    June 2, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    The Scottish highlands.

  67. Hazel Rea
    June 2, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I’d walk in Scotland – the scenery is spectacular.

  68. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    June 2, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    We are going walking and riding in Iceland.

  69. Natalie Crossan
    June 3, 2017 / 12:21 am

    The south downs :D xxx

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