Italian Lakes
D/Ss and D+

Led by Karen Groenewald and Gordon Murray
Tour dates: 08 to 18 September 2011.
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A holiday which took place in hot and humid conditions. The lakes are very beautiful and a lot of the walking is on old roads and mule tracks. The people of those days must have been very tough and fit!

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Stresa on Lake Maggiore

A beautiful town on the shore of Lake Maggiore
 
It has a fine old stone harbour

Nearby the lake ferries come and go
 
 


Walk from Stresa to Lesa

The route heads out of Stresa on some magnificent old roads
 
 

Our destination was the station at Lesa for our return journey
 
It shows former grandeur but is now almost deserted


Banishment of one leader

Someone had to have the rooms at 15mins walk from the hotel
 
 

Could not complain at the standard of accomodation there!
 
 


Monte Mottarone

After walking on the far side of Monte Mottarone, we descended to Alpe Nuevo
 
 

The building is sealed and deserted, but the location is perfect
 
 

We were lucky to be able to have our lunch there
 
 


Monte Zughero

After lunch a small climb took us to the summit of Monte Zughero
 
Then a long descent to Stresa


Belgirate

After Stresa we moved on to Belgirate
 
It lies right on a tip of land where the lakes divide

Here is a closer view of the waterfront
 
 


Up from San Martino and over to Mezzegra

Both groups went up to the san Martino church
 
The D+ group continued upwards to reach this fine spot for their lunch break

Lunch there was very pleasant...
 
...although later there was a plague of mendicant goats

After lunch - a little more climbing
 
 


Bellano - Esino Lario - Varenna

A demanding route
 
with a nice little slab climb

Enlivened by Jack's colourful vest
 
 

It was late when we got to the ferry...
 
...and we had to wait for the next one

There are worse places to wait for a ferry than the beautiful harbour at Varenna!
 
 


Monte San Primo

A taller mountain
 
Our start-point was higher

That gave us some welcome cooler conditions for our last walk
 
 


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