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    and predictable wind conditions are making Aberdeenshire one of the worlds top destinations for Kite Surfing Click here for more Special Report WaterSports on the Costa Brava A new and detailed report covering windsurfing kite surfing sailing and kayaking on the Costa Brava Our first venture to the region but hopefully not the last Click here for more The British Canoe Union BCU is the Governing Body for the sport and recreation of canoeing and kayaking in the UK It represents the interests of canoeists at local national and international level and is a member of the International Canoe Federation The BCU encourages people of all ages and abilities to enjoy paddling to gain access to the waters of Great Britain to be properly and safely instructed to be active in competition or to take advantage of the social aspects of being a club member The Grandaddy of adventure racing The Three Peaks Yacht Race Here are the full online reports from the 2000 event and the 25th anniversary race held in 2002 The 2000 race reports The 2002 race reports Established in 1939 the Scottish Canoe Association is the recognised governing body of canoe sport and recreation in Scotland

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  • Gear buyers guide and interesting tales
    subject but one which we hope you find interesting Corsica is a beautiful destination and fishing the superb rivers was a joy even though we didn t catch any fish Click here for the report and pictures Scottish Winter Climbing Pete Hill chariman of the AMI Hot Air Ballooning First Steps from Head in the Clouds Dinghy Safety Dramatic capsize recounted Challenging Attitudes to Disability Steve Vardon Paragliding for disabled

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  • Bluedome - Fly Fishing on Corsica
    care at four different sections and seen nothing I was all for giving up and returning to Vizzavona to do some walking and cover some of the other aspects of our visit My partner would hear none of it and insisted we continue and drive up the N196 then onto the D3 and up the Prunelli valley to Lac de Tolla Lac de Tolla Off we go as the afternoon heat starts to climb Another visit to a small boulangerie in Bastelicaccia for refreshments and we are away The Prunelli River cannot be seen for most of the drive but what you do see is another lush valley full of vines and fruit trees Our expectation is that the Lac de Tolla will appear in the valley bottom like a Corsican version of Coniston We keep driving but no lake appears The villages are ticked off as we climb higher towards the mountains and it dawns that Tolla is going to be a dull empty alpine lake How wrong can you be Lac de Tolla lies below the village of the same name and is ringed by pines and farmland in spite of sitting at close to 800 metres above sea level The water is blue and the Lac is formed by a huge dam placed to provide drinking water and power to the west of Corsica We sit on the balcony of the only bar in town and examine our choices The drive back is about 3 hours and we have arranged to meet some friends for dinner It is red hot and the fishing is likely to be as bad as the rivers Take some pictures and then turn for Corte seems to be the best bet As we get ready to go a car arrives and two smiling Corsican fishermen get out A decent Pike in lovely condition is brought from the boot of the car and ourselves the barman and a few others gather to congratulate the fishers skill This is big news in a place as small as Tolla It is discovered that the specimen was a mere tiddler and the Tolla pike were known to grow to huge sizes The barman explains the size of the resident fish with his arms outstretched in classic fishermans tales style also the Truite were magnificent specimens and would break my rod That statement made up my mind Liz would stay and read her book and I would just manage to get about 90 minutes of fishing My Greys waistcoat travel rod and a small folding net are gathered from the boot and off we go again After the lack of fish in the rivers I did not really expect to see a thing apart from water Mistake I stood close to edge of the water at a small bay A watersport centre was starting to prepare canoes and kayaks for the coming season In the margins I could see several deep bodied Brown Trout cruising in the deep weed free water My hands shook with anticipation as I put the rod together reel leader and lastly a fly A buzzer seemed like a sensible place to start The water was slightly green but it was alive and deep Fish at last As I looked for a suitable spot to start my campaign a little black dog joined me He seemed to grasp what I was about and would not go away As I got ready for my first cast he was watching where the line went and had seen all this before He examined my technique without comment but got slightly agitated with every new cast settling down as the line was retrieved It was good to have a companion to help me along After a dozen casts the line tightened and a minor fight ensued which brought me a tiny brownie that although heavily outgunned still fought to break my rod The dog went berserk and barked like mad until I had the fish in the net I should have taken a picture as this was my first brown trout and my first fish on Corsica I had aspirations of the bigger specimens that still cruised past every 10 minutes or so The little brownie was carefully returned to fight another day And that was it not a sniff of anything else I tried the buzzer variations and then started to go through the menu changing positions and tactics every 20 minutes or so my small black companion always alongside I could still see the fish cruising along in a lazy mediteranean style and as my agreed return time drew closer a few rises could be seen but no more interest in my offerings As I tackled down the fishing dog realised that the day s entertainment was over and scooted away up a path toward the village I trekked back and told my tale before throwing all the gear in the boot and starting the return journey Lac du Tolla held much promise and a visit of only a couple of hours is not enough to even scratch the surface The lake is wide long and deep and is holding some fine fish This is where a return trip to Corsica started to be planned Casting a nymph in the Last Chance Saloon Our last day on Corsica started with a shopping session in Corte and coffee in one of the little bars I bought a handsome Corsican made pocketknife as a souvenir The plan for the day was to drive to Ponte Leccia and take the N193 east towards Bastia and a day at the seaside The roads were very quiet a bit like Sunday in the UK The first port of call along the N193 was to be Ponte Nuovo This was the place where the last stand by Corsican patriots took place against the French The Corsicans were routed and many were killed as the cause for Corsican independence was lost The

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  • Summer walking holidays in Kitzbühel and Zell am Zee with Crystal Holidays
    us realise why so many people return here year after year The quiet tranquility of the mountains and the cosy luxury of Kitzbühel make a great combination The opposite side of the valley offers a ride in what appears to be a vertical cable car to the Hahnenkamm In winter this is the start point for one of the steepest downhill ski runs in Europe In summer it is the base for a spiders web of trails that spread along the ridges away from the Hahnenkamm The views are brilliant and you can see a vast panorama of alpine peaks and valleys If you need a break from the mountain walking Kitzbühel is a good centre for rail travel to the neighbouring towns and Salzburg is only a short rail journey away Four golf courses are available to visitors the town course is a pretty 9 hole course The Schwarzee golf course is an impressive championship course with a setting that rivals any golf course in the UK If they had played golf in Lord of the Rings this would have the course of choice A short trip out of town brings you to the Kitzbühel wildlife park where you can see the wildlife conservation programme at work You walk in an open compound with herds of deer and various species of mountain goats for company The more carnivorous guests such as Linx are in their own enclosure as are the wild boar and some of the less domesticated wildlife There is also a children s area where we fed ponies pot bellied pigs and small goats The visitors can be fed and watered at the parks attractive restuarant A perfect outing if you need a break from the trails Would we come back to Kitzbühel in the summer again Yes without a second thought Next stop Zell am Zee As part of our two centre holiday we were transferred by mini bus to our next destination the lovely lakeside town of Zell am Zee Sadly the sunshine did not follow us but this is mountain country and you have to expect everything from snowstorms to blistering sun all in one day We stayed at the centrally located Hotel Fisherszwirt on an all inclusive basis in a very comfortable room overlooking a quiet pedestrianised shopping street The hotel is a well established family run place and we enjoyed every aspect of our stay Good food and a relaxed atmosphere All the rooms have an ethernet connection point so if you bring a laptop you can have a fast connection in your room there is also a free wi fi connection in the lobby and bar area Another great thing about staying at the Hotel Fisherszwirt is the Zell am Zee town pass which is given free to all guests It allows you free travel on all the local buses free entry to a list of attractions free trip on the lake steamer free use of some of the cable cars

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  • Walking in the land of the Eiger
    the peaceful countryside as you follow the signs to Bachalpsee The walk begins with a gentle climb before dropping down to the lake This is one of the many superbly photogenic spots around Grindelwald you ll see the mountains beyond mirrored perfectly in the still waters of the lake For a walk amongst glacial fields begin by taking the Pfingstegg cable car which will gain you 400m in altitude in a little under 10 minutes You ascend up and around the Mettenberg on which the mighty Schreckhorn sits and up a narrow valley taking you behind the Eiger You ll be travelling along a cliff like path so take a head for heights you ll be looking down a sheer drop to Lower Glacier s gorge The high point of the walk is at Stieregg where there s a mountain hut for refreshments Returning to Pfingstegg continue down following signs to the Chalet Milchbach Through the open patches in the forest there are lovely views over Grindelwald And if you re feeling daring and want to get on to the upper section of the glacier you can take a ladder trail from Chalet Milchbach 5 minutes downhill and you ll be at the entrance to the ice caves from where you can follow the path back to the valley below The walk down from the Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen is another great walk for stunning views over the neighbouring valley Trek through alpine scented meadows towards the Lauterbrunnen valley to the pretty mountain town Don t miss the Tummelbach falls in this valley a stunning sight for their sheer power Thomson Lakes Mountains holidays have walking escort on hand in Grindelwald to give guidance on the best routes to take And if you want to team up then join them one of their accompanied walks which operate twice a week As well as the abundance of walking opportunities there s a whole host of other activities to enjoy including Europe s only First Flyer zipline down the mountain and the mutant Trotti bikes a cross between a scooter and a mountain bike on which you can journey down mountain lanes at a speed suited to your own adrenaline levels Some more traditional ways of getting about and seeing the sights include a trip up the Jungfrau railway which tunnels through the Eiger to Europe s highest railway station at 3454m altitude The Jungfrau railway has been in operation for 99 years this summer and has transported millions of visitors to the Top of Europe As well as an array of eateries you can combine a winter and summer holiday into one with a session making snowmen and flying down the slopes in snow tubes in the land of eternal snow on the Jungfraujoch Hospitality in Grindelwald is exceptional with a friendly atmosphere accommodation of an excellent standard and delicious food and drink to sample A member of the exclusive Best of the Alps group Grindelwald sits alongside the likes of

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  • Hampi, a lost city - thomson holidays hampi excursion
    but clean The bed is a pretty hard affair a bit like a plank with a very thin mattress It will do for two nights stay We have an en suite shower but no view Our guides are great nothing is too much trouble and they go off to their hotel after making sure we are all OK We have travelled from Goa into Kanataka and also travelled to a state which is predominantly vegetarian and also a dry state although the hotel has a bar where a very welcome cold beer can be bought We are told that breakfast will be at 6 30 and we will be collected at 7 15 Hampi From the Kanataka tourist board web pages Hampi was the capital city of the powerful South Indian Vijayanagar Empire Founded by Harihara and Bukka in 1336 it fell to the Muslim rulers of North India in 1565 after the disastrous battle of Talikota and subsequently lapsed into decline and abandonment The ruins of the historical monuments have stood the ravages of man and time and still evoke memories of the grandeur of a bygone era Set amidst an awesome boulder strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra river 12 km away from the sleepy town of Hospet in Bellary district Hampi was the magnificent capital of the mighty Vijayanagar kingdom The city is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it and the ear of intelligence has never been informed that there existed anything to equal it in the world marvelled a 15th century Persian ambassador visiting the court Upon arrival at Hampi we are met by Mr Pradesh who will be our guide to the ruins A lovely clever man with a warm smile and endless patience with his group of tourists Around us are the massive pink and grey granite boulders that were quarried to form the city Work was still in progress when the city fell and evidence of boulders being split for building materials are everywhere Everything is made from granite even the fence posts around the crop fields are made from it We walk to see the first temple the Little Ganesha Carved in situ from a single granite boulder is a statue of the Hindu god The temple building was erected around him as the statue must weigh more than 20 tons After Mr Pradesh explains about Ganesha and his place in the hindu world we walk up to one of the gateways into the main city perimeter We climb higher and begin to see into the next valley where the top of the towering Virupaksha Temple can be seen From the viewpoint we can see the scale of Hampi Temples and other building are standing in the hills for miles around us and the vastness of the granite boulder field is awesome At our feet there are games and places for offerings carved into the stone floor outside the small complex of

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  • Activity Holidays and Breaks for Adults
    District Multi Activity Weekend Breaks with River Deep Mountain High Try everything from Kayaking to Climbing Cardiff Stag Weekends in Cardiff with Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre only 20 minutes from the centre of Cardiff Ardeche France Family Activity Breaks and Holidays with Ardeche Adventures in the beautiful south of France Norfolk Eaton Vale Scout Guide Activity Centre are a great choice for Accomodation Camping Activities at Eaton near Norwich Devon Adventure Activity Stag and Hen weekends with a difference Essential Adventure will give you a break to remember Devon Multi Activity Adventure Breaks with Essential Adventure Devon Personal Outdoor Skills Courses with Essential Adventure Devon Celebrate your Birthday or Special Event with an adventure break from Essential Adventure UK Wide From Climbing to Painting or Sub Aqua to Mountain Biking UKActivityBreaks Com offer a great choice Dartmoor and Cornwall Adventure Courses for Women canoeing kayaking climbing and walking with the Dartmoor Outdoor Company dates throughout 2008 Dartmoor and Cornwall Adventure Breaks for Adults climbing canoeing kayaking and expeditions with the Dartmoor Outdoor Company dates throughout 2008 UK Wide Summer Mountaineering with Ascent Training 2 day and 5 day courses in some of the UK s beautiful mountains Andalucia Tailor made

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  • Activity Holidays for Young People
    for school groups and families open May to September Devon Family Rock Day with Adventure Okehampton a real climbing experience for all the family on one of the Devon Tors Dates Through July and August Devon Family Adventure Break Adventure Holidays for Families dates through 2014 with Adventure Okehampton Spain Spanish Cultural Environmental Camps for young people and school groups with Spanishbreaks activity breaks through the summer in Avila Cornwall Residential Multi Activity Holidays for School Groups with Adventure International week long residential activity holidays for school groups Cornwall Children s Activity Holidays 2013 with Adventure International at their aclaimed activity centre iat Bude in Cornwall dates through August 2013 Cornwall Family Activity Holidays 2013 with Adventure International at their aclaimed activity centre iat Bude in Cornwall dates through August 2013 Lake District Family Activity Holiday Bundle with River Deep Mountain High Great Family adventures throughout the year UK Wide 2012 School Groups Outdoor Education and Adventures with Ascent Training Based in the Lake District but available across the UK Lake District Family Adventure and Activity Breaks with Ascent Training in the Lake District UK Wide School Advenutre Days and School Residential Breaks with Essential Adventure France Family Activity Breaks and Holidays with Ardeche Adventures in the beautiful south of France Wales Scotland and France Family Activity Holidays in Wales Scotland and France with Manor Adventure France Youth and School Group Advenutre Holidays with Adventures Ardeche in the Cevenne mountains Norfolk Eaton Vale Scout Guide Activity Centre are a great choice for Accomodation Camping Activities at Eaton near Norwich Devon School Residential Activity Groups with the Adventure Centre Devon Family Adventure Holidays and Breaks with Essential Adventure Southampton School Holiday Daycamps Group Bookings Adventure and Activity Breaks from YMCA Fairthorne Manor at Southampton Cornwall School Group Adventure Trips with Manor

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