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  • Bluedome - Madeira Levada Walking
    being freed from driving was refreshing and we enjoyed the bus travel and the chance to see the views without the worry of going over the edge of the road at 5960 ft above the sea Organised day walks are available from a range of operators They will collect you from your hotel or apartment and take you with a guide to undertake your chosen walk The minibus will then collect your group at the conclusion of their walk and return them to their start point This could be the ideal solution for walkers who want to do the most popular walks without the hassle of route finding or getting there and back independently The prices all seemed to be between 28 and 36 euros per person not bad when you consider the travel and guide included The start of a Levada on the highland plateau near Estanquinhos Getting there Staying there We travelled with Atlantic Holidays flying from Manchester The holiday was booked through our favourite late availability agent Miss Ellies in Manchester The flights to Madeira are limited so book early we just managed to get the last two seats on our plane Flights are availble from other UK airports and you will find Madeira as a destination in lots of tour operators brochures We found Atlantic Holidays to be reliable and professional and obviously a Madeira specialist The landing at Funchal is great The aircraft make a sweeping turn and land on the runway which has been extended on huge concrete pillars over the sea Crosswinds make the landing something of a roller coaster exciting but safe As soon as you land the realisation is that you are in a different environment The plants and trees are almost alien if you have been restricted to the Mediterranean Our hotel was the Dom Pedro Garajua The AA guidebook to Madeira states that Garajau is a brash and gaudy strip of shops and cafes Wrong Garajua is a pleasant but sometimes busy road with the hotel facing a small range of restaurants cafes and shops with a small supermarket for good measure The hotel itself is a comfortable place with rooms for both half board guests and those staying on a B B basis We chose the B B option and had a room with a small kitchen area and a fridge Breakfast at the Dom Pedro is one of the best continental style offerings we have had Stock up for the day on fruits cereals and various cooked dishes before heading for your trip The hotel has two pools with a huge banana tree growing next to their outdoor pool A small bar serves drinks and snacks at both pools should the effort of getting into the mountains prove too much for you The Garajua village bars and restaurants will provide you with enough choices to last two weeks without getting bored The bus service to Funchal is right outside the hotel entrance and lets you visit the

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  • Bluedome
    any of the pages for your personal use Mountains and Tops Listed by Area Ben Lomond Area Ben Nevis Area Glen Shiel South Area Crianlarich Area Laggan Creag Meagaidh Area Glen Shiel North Area Loch Earn Area Drumochter Area Glen Affric and Strathfarrar Area Ben Cruachan and Mull Aviemore and West Cairngorm Strathcarron Area Glen Etive East Cairngorm Torridon Area Bridge of Orchy Devils Elbow Dundonnell Area Glen Lochay and

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  • Bluedome
    The big falls have always been the most sacred of waterfall of the Haversupai They called it the Mother of the waters The Indians had claimed that no one had ever passed beyond this point They said that it was only possible for birds of the air or spirits of the dead They are now called Mooney falls after Daniel Mooney following his death there in the winter of 1880 His party had come to prospect for gold silver and vanaduium Mooney a sailor intent on getting to the bottom was lowered over the cliffs on a rope The rope jammed and as he was pulled up and down to free the rope it broke sending him over the edge to his death It was 10 months before anyone could get to him only to find his body encased in Travertine Today the decent is still difficult and requires some skill on rock and a good head for heights In the valley below the water leaves everything covered in a layer of travertine minerals Below the falls is a wonderful forested world of Cotton Tree and Willow Arrow Wood and Acacia Terraces of Barrel Cactus and Prickly Pair hide amongst the cliffs and caves erupt at every turn of the canyon We spent the next day exploring below the falls The blue green pools of water were ideal for swimming and the water cooled the air causing a cool draft to wash over us With an Indian village upstream it probably is not the freshest water supply The dead horse didn t help but with the help of a natural spring percolating through the sandstone and a water filter we managed to get enough water inside us We used an old rope to swing from a tree and jump into the river It was like being children agin for a few minutes I was always aware though of the remoteness of the place and the hidden lurking dangers from a cocktail of plants and animals Even a twisted ankle out here would be a real problem We had a look at many of the caves and prospectors mine shafts making a mental note to return to explore properly There were many great overhanging caverns big enough to get the Albert Hall inside obviously gouged out by water action The day ended with a swim in the large pool below Mooney falls We tried to approach the falls themselves but with a river of water falling over 200 feet we were blasted back by air and water Huge logs floated in the pool like crocodiles waiting to eat supper The roar of the water was deafening and we were forced to retreat That evening we sat by the Haversu falls up stream from the camp site and enjoyed the approaching darkness and the emergence of the stars The moon was rising which gave an eerie glow to the water In the distance there was the faint rumble of thunder and the

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  • Bluedome - The 2005 Isle of Wight Walking Festival
    walks offered during the festival are aimed at families and the dogs can come too The free guidebook describes each walk with a key that shows the level of difficulty the type of footwear that is required whether to bring cameras and binoculars and if you can bring the dog along too To get a feel for the island we made the trek south to have three days exploring the different facets of the island Basing ourselves in Gurnard just outside Cowes we used the festival guidebook to choose three areas The first choice was Newtown where the creeks and marshes mingle with the land The nature reserve at Newtown was one of the first to be established in the late 40 s and the area is managed by English Nature and the National Trust Parking near the old town hall in the NT visitor centre gives you access to all the pathways that extend through the marshland and along the estuary The visitor centre is open most days and has a collection of prehistoric remains including Bison skulls and bones Most of the wildlife today is of the feathered variety so bring your binoculars along Choice Number 2 was across to the East of the island and the quirky bay at Bembridge This is home to a collection of fantastic houseboats some of which are for rent during the season and at least one is a B and B complete with two lifesize pirates at the gangplank No two houseboats are the same and the styles range from very chic to wildly eccentric Bembridge is also home to boat yards and chandlers and a lovely beach The famous Redwings beautifully styled racing yachts are also to be seen during the racing season Walk 49 in the festival guidebook takes

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  • Bluedome
    and Summer had collided the night had gone sub zero but the day was stunning A great drive from Inverary through the Pass of Brander leads to the west of Loch Awe and a single track road that will be a joy to cycle down Ben Cruachan dominates the northern horizon and by mid morning the early cloud had gone giving great views Loch Awe is a great area for walking and camping the Forestry Commision and Forest Enterprises have done great work in creating walks into the hills and also along the shore The Forest Lodges at Davalych are also tasty looking accomodation they re open for bookings all year round by the way and run by a very nice lady from New York of all places Another excursion took us to Crinnan where the Crinnan Canal joins Loch Fyne and the Atlantic with a series of locks that cut right across the Kyntire penninsular Dunadry about half way along the canal has a superb set of walks and mountain bike trails around the forest plantation A stiff walk up to the viewpoint give views out across to the Isle of Mull and beyond It was at this point that Judy spotted a figure walking with a dog about two miles away and started to warn them off with some serious barking Dogs what are they on With so few people around at this time of year the chances of seeing wildlife is greatly increased the annual rut of deer is just about finished but you still need to be cautious where stags are concerned A red deer stag is a big animal and they become very aggresive one stag glanced its reflection in the panels of a car parked at the hydro electric plant and proceeded to vent its anger on the car causing thousands of pounds worth of damage I didn t see any deer until later in the week but the bird life is active with buzzards goldfinches blackcaps and the friendliest robins I ve ever encountered Out on the Loch Grey Seals could be seen bobbing up to observe the goings on around them Inverarary seems to have changed very little since my last visit 9 years earlier The town is the centre of Argyll life and is also the centre of the Campbell Clan holders of the title Dukes of Argyll Inverary Castle is the clan centre and also houses a museum to the Combined Forces Units which trained there prior to the D Day Landings In fact as I chatted to more of the local people the story of Inverarys role in the D Day landings started to unfold Prior to the invasion over 250 000 men from all over the world were training for D Day around Inverary The vibrations from tanks made the church spire unstable it was dismantled never to return Wherever you walk on the Argyll estate you will find reminders of the war years metalled roads go nowhere

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  • Bluedome
    its wall to form 2 three berth sleeping compartments and entrance equally situated around the central living space This excellent family tent will certainly attract attention from fellow campers The final tent to consider is the toilet tent This tent with its portable toilet is vital when using sites without facilities They are also a godsend for parents with small kids at night it is far more convenient to use your own toilet than having to walk children across the length of the campsite Back to Index Tent Care Good camping practice will help prolong the life of your tent For a start get to know your tent and learn how to pitch it correctly Incorrectly pitched tents can cause damage to the seams and zips Do not use guy ropes or rubber tensioners to remove tent pegs from the ground Use the proper peg extractor Before pitching the tent clear the ground of anything that may damage a groundsheet Do not pitch under trees These may shed branches or drop sticky sap onto your tent Further they can attract lightening strike and also drip water long after a rain storm finishes Dismantle the tent carefully Push poles through sleeves do not pull out Try to pack tent dry and clean with the zips closed If you have to pack the tent wet then DRY IT OUT AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME If you do not do this you run the risk of permanent damage from mildew Pack the pegs and poles separate from the tent to avoid damage Once home and the tent is dry store it clean and loosely folded in a dry well aired place Store the pegs and poles separately Lightly oil metal poles Clean off when re using them Damaged poles can either be repaired or replaced using easily obtainable spares Major fabric and zip repairs can be undertaken either at home or by a specialist repair company such as the manufacturer Dirt and stains can be removed either by brushing or by gentle washing with a mild soap solution Do not scrub or use detergents Rinse well and dry thoroughly If necessary re proof using a good proprietary product such as those produced by Grangers and Nikwax Mildew is a curse Stop small patches from spreading by treating with a weak solution of Milton Dry the tent thoroughly brush carefully and re proof Unfortunately I do not know of anything that will remove the stain Where severe damage has been done it may be necessary to patch or replace panels Back to Index Bedding Early morning mist will soon sap away the heat and cold nights can be experienced in summer The moral is do not skimp on your bedding for there is nothing worse than waking up feeling chilly Do not worry about overheating on hot balmy nights good bags will provide ample ventilation just concentrate on keeping warm Luckily you do not have to look at expensive lightweight bags designed to give optimum heat for low weight and bulk The door is open to look at some of the less expensive bulkier bags remember you have a vehicle to carry your equipment A good two three season sleeping bag should be adequate to service the summer camper s needs Features and fillings will be the deciding factors when buying a bag Look for a large bag that gives ample head protection through the use of a drawcord It is great to be able to snuggle down into your bag pulling it tight around the ears on a cold morning A two way zip running the length of the bag will provide ample ventilation on hot nights Further this should allow you the facility to zip two bags together just remember to make sure that your partner has a bag with a zip on the opposite side to yours if you want to enjoy night time snuggles A sleeping bag s filling will either be one of the numerous synthetic fibres or down Down is renowned for its warmth to weight ratio however being so delicate it requires special care It will loose its properties when wet and many people are allergic to down Synthetic fibres will take more abuse They are less expensive when compared to down and this makes up for their shorter lifespan They have a psychological warmth to them which arises from their bulk a feeling enhanced if your bag has a brushed cotton lining Synthetic bags will retain heat when wet This fact and their relatively easy maintenance make them ideal for the rigours of family camping There are a number of companies offering children s sleeping bags These are a good idea when camping with younger children for the bag size prevents them from slipping to the bottom of the bag at night If you cannot buy a children s bag then use an adult s bag and limit its size by tying it off in the middle Being smaller children s bags are easier to wash and dry Once you have bought your bag consider what you are going to sleep on Look at pump up beds such as lilos These come in various sizes and are very comfortable They also double as an emergency bed for visitors Remember to purchase a footpump or an electric pump to inflate your bed If you are going for comfort then buy one of the camp pillows that are on the market These are as comfortable as your own pillow pack into a small space and are easy to maintain Back to Index Sleeping Bag Care Down sleeping bags are notoriously difficult to clean synthetic bag s only slightly less so The shared problems are the sheer volume of the things their weight when wet and drying them In fact don t get them dirty This may sound impossible yet using a sheet sleeping bag will help greatly in keeping the sleeping bag clean These are simple bags

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    s Fortunatly the the Italian mosi s did not carry Malaria but the bites were vicious If you are visiting a part of the World where Malaria is a problem adequate precautions must be taken to avoid mosquito bites A high quality mosquito net reduces the risk of infection and provides valuable protection from the irritation of mosquito bites Whilst a mosquito net is recognised as the very best way to protect yourself from bites to travel safely and ensure peace of mind you should take all the preventive measures you can Use an effective insect repellant if you re outside in the evenings try to wear long sleeves and long trousers to minimise the amount of exposed skin Pyrethin coils and where you have electricity plug in repellants will also help to ensure a bug free environment High Risk Areas Angola Bangladesh Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Burkino Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Central African Rep c Chad China Comoros Congo Djibouti Ecuador Eq Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia French Guiana Gabon Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissall Guyana Haiti Honduras India Indonesia Ivory Coast Kenya Lao Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mayotte Mozambique Myanmar Nepal Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Oman Pakistan Papua New Guinea Rwanda

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  • Bluedome
    things as rights of way in Scotland they are not marked on Ordnance Survey maps and may not be indicated on the ground either In some of the wilder and more remote parts of Scotland there has been a long tradition of free access but in some places this seems to be under threat On some estates access is permitted while on others it is discouraged There are also estates which allow virtually free access for part of the year then restrict access at other times Some guidebooks give contact names addresses and telephone numbers to allow the access situation to be checked day by day if necessary In many areas local people will be able to offer advice Northern Ireland Rights of way legislation has been enacted in Northern Ireland but it is a watereddown version of the legislation pertaining to England and Wales The District Councils have been charged with managing access but some are slow to address the issue In a few areas rights of way have been asserted and signposted but in many areas rights of way are simply alleged to exist and have yet to be proven The District Councils are supposed to hold maps which show both alleged and asserted rights of way There are some waymarked trails which are not necessarily rights of way but may instead have been created by wayleave agreements This leaves the landowner free to close the routes if necessary for a variety of reasons Some areas have virtual free access such as the central part of the Mountains of Mourne Ordnance Survey maps do not yet carry rights of way or access information Republic of Ireland In effect there is no cogent access legislation in the Republic of Ireland Although rights of way do in fact exist in

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