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Best of the UK: London and the Channel Islands

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Date:
August 22 -
September 3, 2017

Price:
CMC Members:  $3,195 
Non-Members: $3,550 

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Trip Description

Explore London:

Walk through beautiful Hampstead Heath in north London and overlook the city. Visit beautiful Victorian Highgate Cemetery (said to be haunted!). Take a river cruise to Greenwich and visit the Royal Observatory, where we can put one foot in each hemisphere at the Prime Meridian. Enjoy visiting the major sights of London by Hop-on-Hop-off bus. And how would any visit to London be complete without visiting local pubs for dinner?

Off to the Channel Islands:

Offering a unique blend of Britishness with a taste of France, the Channel Islands are known for their quiet charm and old-fashioned courtesy. Our Channel Island adventure begins when we hop a train from London and then a ferry to St. Peter Port on Guernsey, said to be one of the prettiest harbor towns in Europe. Guernsey is the former home of author Victor Hugo and one of the sites of a 5-year occupation by Germans during WWII. We’ll learn about the history and culture of the islands, and walk both inland and along the majestic coastline. We’ll take a step back in time on a one-day excursion to the car-free island of Sark, which we’ll explore by horse-and-carriage and optional bikes or walking. Then it’s on to Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, where we’ll enjoy a variety of coastal walks with local guides—including a shepherd and a naturalist. We’ll be sure to linger in the town's restaurants to savor the famous Jersey Royal potatoes or to try the mysterious Jersey black butter. Finally, we’ll fly from Jersey back to London for our final afternoon of exploration and our farewell dinner together.

Type of Activity / Level of Activity

Urban walking and B-level hikes over a variety of terrain. Coastal walks may involve steep ascents/descents.

Skills and Training requirements

Ability to walk comfortably in urban settings for several hours. Ability to complete B-level hikes over a variety of terrain including quiet country roads, coastal paths and trails.

Pre-trip activities

Required pre-trip planning meeting and possible pre-trip hikes.

 

Trip Leader: Kris Ashton

Kris Ashton has been hiking, climbing, snowshoeing and skiing in Colorado since she moved here in 1972.  Kris frequently takes friends and family on hikes and often leads those hikes.  She has organized a variety of trips all over the world for herself and others in which she takes the lead--organizing travel, accommodations, activities, etc.  She has recently developed a fondness for long-distance and pilgrimage walks.

Kris loves the outdoors, travel, and adventure and loves to share those adventures with others. She also likes to teach or coach others who may be new to outdoor activities and adventure travel.

When not hiking or trekking, Kris is a Systems Analyst and works as an IT Consultant specializing in helping companies and individuals get better at Business Analysis and Requirements Development for technology-based solutions.

Kris attended the CMC Boulder Mountaineering School twice, simply because it was that much fun!