A famous walk around Mont Blanc

The famous Mont Blanc walk. (s)
The famous Mont Blanc walk. (s)
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Following the famous walk around Le Tour de Mont Blanc during July this year forms the basis for the next in the series of Library Lectures by Steuart and Anita Kellington.

The talk will take place at Clitheroe Library at 2 pm on Friday, November 18th and is the third in a series of six lectures arranged for the autumn and winter.

Stuart said: “We very much enjoyed this trek which we began in Chamonix to the west of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, and walked 106 miles round the Mont Blanc massif through Switzerland and Italy before returning to Chamonix.

“We had enjoyed walking the sections in France and Switzerland on previous treks through the Alps to Nice and Zermatt, but really looked forward to the section in Italy. We were not disappointed! The beautiful Veny valley yielded wonderful views of the snow-capped mountains reflected in a lake surrounded by alpine flowers at their very best.

“Even on our one cold rainy day when we climbed to the Grand Col Ferret, at more than 8,000 feet, the trumpet gentians close to the many snow patches were a brilliant blue and the glaciers looked magnificent.

“We found July to be a good month again for walking in the Alps, but there was more snow this year than on our previous visits. As a treat after our trek we took the cable car to the Aguille de Midi summit near to Mont Blanc, followed by the Gondola over the huge Mer de Glace glacier to the Italian side. The clarity of the views was amazing and we could see the Matterhorn some 80 miles away.”

Admission to the Library Lecture is £3 and booking through Clitheroe Library is advised. The library can be contacted on 0300 123 6703.