Summer

Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank: Time to venture outdoors

With spring around the corner and many of us glad to see the end of the wet winter, now is the time to venture outdoors. Having received one of the most useful Christmas gifts last year, a National Trust family membership, we have been enjoying various trips out and about […]

Cauterets: Sport and relaxation in the French Pyrenees

It’s 10pm on a Thursday night and the Bouledrome in Cauterets is alive. About 100 men, women and children are packed into the rugged, floodlight patch of land the size of half a football pitch for the weekly boules tournament. It’s not a sport for the energetic – France’s national […]

Chamonix: Hitting the heights in the Alps

All that separates us from a two-mile drop is a few inches of glass – and a pair of slippers. Welcome to The Step into the Void, a glass box jutting out of the rocks high above Chamonix in the French Alps. The ‘box’, at a dizzying 3,842m on the […]