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George Hudson
George Hudson

England or Italy?

Over the course of the 6 Nations, considered by many to be rugby's greatest championship, we will be comparing some of our favourite walking and cycling tours located in the competing nations: Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France & Italy.

England v Italy


England: Cornwall - Padstow to St Michael's Mount

[caption id="attachment_22674" align="aligncenter" width="900"]The ruins of an old tin mine along the coastal path to Penzance. The ruins of an old tin mine along the coastal path to Penzance.[/caption] The Padstow to St Michael's Mount self-guided walking tour immerses you in Cornwall's rich history: Small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders, pirates, coves and the relatively unknown pilgrimage route of Michael's Way. Discover a plethora of highlights, relaxing in one of renowned chef Rick Stein’s seafront restaurants, striding out to reach the tip of Trevose Head with views to Newquay, the iconic fishing village of Mousehole, and glimpsing St Michael’s Mount as you reach the south coast. [caption id="attachment_22673" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The River Camel drains much of northern Cornwall. The River Camel drains much of northern Cornwall.[/caption] The St Michael's Way is an official Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route which traverses Cornwall from the north to the south coast. It is said that Welsh and Irish pilgrims and missionaries landed their boats on the northern Cornish coast and walked to the south coast, rather than face the treacherous waters around Land’s End. This inland route is a great contrast to the coastal routes, it is full of hedgerows, Iron Age hill forts, ancient churches and crosses. As you get closer to your next destination, Marazion, you will get your first glimpse of St Michael’s Mount, prominent UK landmark and the official end of the St Michael’s Way. [caption id="attachment_22671" align="aligncenter" width="900"]St Michael's Mount St Michael's Mount can only be reached by foot at low tide.[/caption] This easy to moderate walking tour introduces you to the incredible history of the Cornish people and the interesting and wonderful walks along gorgeous coastline, bridleways and quiet lanes.

Italy: Exploring the Italian Lakes

[caption id="attachment_22675" align="aligncenter" width="900"]The view of Lugano and the Alps from Monte Bre The view of Lugano and the Alps from Monte Bre[/caption] There is nothing quite like an Italian backdrop to frame class, luxury and romance! Picture yourself on a stylish road trip, cruising around lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore with a choice of hand-picked rewarding walks to discover the secret gems of the Italian Lakes. As well as some lesser known places the Exploring the Italian Lakes drive & hike tour takes in iconic locations such as the Bellagio and Villa del Balbianello. [caption id="attachment_22676" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Bellagio on the shore of Lake Como Bellagio on the shore of Lake Como[/caption] There are a number of highlights on this tour but the trio of islands that make up the Borromean Islands standout. Isola Bella boasts a spectacular palace and gardens, Isola Madre is covered in 20 acres of exotic lush gardens and Isola dei Pescatori is home to a traditional fishing community filled with tiny shops and fish restaurants. [caption id="attachment_22677" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Isola Bella Isola Bella[/caption] Drive and hike the best of the eastern Italian Lakes: Como, Lugano, Maggiore and Orta. Dependent on how you feel each day, you can enjoy walks of around 10km, or visit impressive villas, chapels and gardens. Our suggestions make use of the excellent ferries and cable car/funiculars around the lake, combined with the flexibility of having your own vehicle.
For more information on our range of self-guided walking  & cycling tours in England or Italy contact a member of our team on info@macsadventure.com or if you would like to receive adventure travel tips and advice straight to your inbox sign up for our newsletter!
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