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“.
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.
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.
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.