Tracking back

Machu Picchu called my name, and yet I turned aside

In his latest reflection on places and pathways, Will Gore regrets a Peruvian adventure he never had (and a Peruvian meal he wishes he’d avoided)

It’s worth taking a few days off for Machu Picchu and other such wonders
It’s worth taking a few days off for Machu Picchu and other such wonders

Some decent walks require no planning at all.

With the Chilterns almost literally on my doorstep, I can access hills and woods and interesting pathways any time I like. And Britain is small enough that most areas worth exploring are within easy reach: I could get to the Lake District in less than four hours by train; the Brecon Beacons in about the same time by car; and I could catch the sleeper from Euston this evening and be in the Scottish Highlands by the time I wake up.

Hiking further afield takes a bit more effort to arrange. True, there are plenty of European destinations that can be reached cheaply and without too much trouble – but trekking in the Alps probably isn’t something to do for a weekend.

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