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July 7th, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Saint Florent

Day out in Saint Florent on the north of Corsica

Saint Florent

 

July 5th, 2016 by Peter Bargh

San Parteo walk

I walked from the villa in Speloncato up the hill following the stream through quite over grown woodland path up to the D63 and then due to closed sections of the walk kept on the road until I reached the main walkers path at Bocca di Bataglia and began the walk to San Parteo taking in the Mont Tolu first.

I went with one banana and a half full bottle of water…and soon wished id had more provisions.

The path was really clear at first but soon the markings disappeared, and in many places so did the path. Much of the route was reliant on people’s small cairns placed haphazardly along the way.

San Parteo

The climb/scramble up San Parteo was hard…i was tired as I’d not done any walking for three weeks due to a damaged calf. I had to rest several times on the way up, but the view from the top was great.

San Parteo

Highlight along the way, trying to rejoin the path from the D63 road I followed a track along through a field of gorse getting my legs scratched along the way. It didnt seem to be going anywhere so after about 15 mins I turned and headed back to the road. At this point I heard a bird of prey, looked up and saw one circling me. He slowly came closer as he made a third circle. On the fifth circle he was only about 15-20 foot above me…dinner? Thankfully he decided I was too scrawny and soared off. I did have chance to photograph him.

Red Kite

 

 

July 4th, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Calvi

Day out in Calvi on the north east coast of Corsica…on the way over we stopped at the mountain village of Sant Antonino

Calvi

 

July 3rd, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Corsica

A week in North Corsica with friends Nigel and Jean. Flight on Flybe from Birmingham to Bastia

Speloncato

Stayed in Maison les Calanches, a superb property on the edge of Speloncato which was apparently previously owned by author Ian Rankin.  (very bottom left house of village – in centre of photo above) This overlooked the valley towards the sea. Each day red kites flew gracefully over our heads. Also saw martins, woodpeckers, various brown things, blackcaps, and on the wildlife front a pair of boars passed by on out last night.

 

May 7th, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Derwent Edge Walk

A 9 hour stroll with good friend Jane Carter covering 31km. We stopped at Old Horns for lunch. I had Cajun Chicken (quite dry) with side order of Onion Rings (huge plate, very greasy!) Then over to Derwent Edge and dropped back down to Strines by Danes Dyke back to Bradfield and Nags Head for a pint of Stout. On the way I licked a cow’s arse

cows arse

 

March 19th, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Parkrun: New Personal Best

Today I achieved a new personal best time of 23:03 on the Hillsborough 5k Parkrun. I came 50th (45th male) out of a field of 219 runners and 1st in my age category with an age-graded score of 66.09%. And I even managed a smile!

park run
March 11th, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Introducing Brooks Ravena

Having worn hiking shoes for three parkruns and all my previous couch to 5k training i finally splashed out on a pair or proper running shoes. I got a bargain from TK Maxx – a pair of Brooks Ravena. I had no idea if they were any good but a friend from the photo industry and runner, Angela Nicholson, says she has a pair…so I’m pleased.

brooks ravena running shoes

 

February 24th, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Leaving Mallorca

End of the Mallorca jaunt. I caught the 211 bus from Port Soller to Palma and then the no1 from Palma to the airport. And a flight back to Birmingham.

February 23rd, 2016 by Peter Bargh

Torre Picada

A nice easy day after yesterday’s length hike. I followed route three on the free tourist map from Soller tourist info. This was a short one going north from the port. It took me to Torre Picada, and then Punta Curta, and finally on a long windy road through Olive trees to a dead end at Illeta de Con Garda.

Dinner was a bit better tonight (still decidedly average) – vegetable soup, followed by a mince meat stuffed aubergine slice with a tomato sauce topping and chips, and custard to follow, with a soggy biscuit on top and some cinnamon to flavour it.

February 22nd, 2016 by Peter Bargh

GR221 to Biniaraix

I booked another two nights at Hotel Marina in Puerto de Soller as the buffet food was ok. Turned out the next two nights there were not enough guests paying for half board to make buffet worth the hotel’s while so the few dining got a fixed meal. Tonight was tuna salad followed by pork chops (dreadful taste) with potato bravas (no sauce) and for desert, a piece of chocolate roll with ice cream.

But before that I’d been for the longest walk of the holiday. From Port Soller, via Mirador de ses Barques to Fortnalutx, then a steep climb to Puig De Verger and down the valley with Serre de Torrelles on the left and Serra de Cuber on the right. This path brought me to the MA-10 main road and I thought I could walk around and climb the highest mountain, Puig Major, but it is fenced off as a military base. So I followed the road around to Embassament de Cuber, and joined the GR221 walk back to Biniaraix through the Barranc (gorge) de Biniaraix. At the top I was greeted with some amazing views with clouds below the mountain tops. And the route down was equally spectacular.  The photo below is of Els Cornador on the ascent to Biniaraix from Embassament de Cuber.

Biniaraix