Tour of the Queyras

 
9781852840488: Tour of the Queyras

The Queyras is an isolated, unspoilt region of the French Alps between the Durance Valley and the Italian border. Sheltered to the west by the big peaks of the Ecrins, it is the sunniest areas of the Alps, a mass of flowers early in the season. The absence of glaciers make it ideal hillwalking country, with several mountain summits accessible to the ordinary walker. This book describes a 13-day circuit along the GR58 and GR541, with accommodation in gites and refuges. Ideal for a first alpine visit or for those tired of more crowded areas, or for those seeking to escape the unsettled weather of massifs furthers north. There is plenty of variety from woodland glades to rocky high-level cols, from Alpine pasture to airy summit. "The Tour" includes two excursions into the Italian Alps and there is plenty of opportunity to shorten or lengthen the route as time and conditions dictate. The walk is ideal for those new to Alpine walking, whilst providing optional challenges for the more experienced. Most of the day stages are not over long, allowing plenty of time for admiring the magnificent scenery or attempting an additional summit or footpath. Time is available at the end of a two week holiday to visit Guillestre and nearby Briancon.

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Alan has trekked in over twenty-five countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia, and for seventeen years led organised walking holidays in several European countries. A member of the British Outdoor Writers' Guild, he has written more than a dozen walking guidebooks, several on long distance mountain routes in France. His longest solo walks include a Grand Traverse of the European Alps between Nice and Vienna (1510 miles), the Pilgrim's Trail from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela (960 miles) and a Coast-to-Coast across the French Pyrenees (540 miles). A Munroist and erstwhile National Secretary and Long Distance Path Information Officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland, in the heart of the Southern Uplands. Alan's first encounter with the Southern Upland Way was in 1995, when he backpacked the full length of the trail. A decade later he repeated the complete trail a second time, this time mainly using bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation, in order to research this guidebook. He has travelled extensively on foot in most areas of the Southern Uplands, having climbed all of the Donalds and most of the other hills above 500m in height, and traversed them from south to north in 2003 as part of his walk between Land's End and John o'Groats.

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