“The most famous walk in the World” - Le Tour du Mont Blanc is the final talk in a series of six Trinity Travel Talks by Steuart and Anita Kellington and will be presented next Friday, March 2nd.
This Trinity Travel Talk is an account of a 100-mile trek around Mont Blanc and the neighbouring peaks in July 2016 starting in Chamonix and walking through France, Switzerland and Italy with views of snow-capped mountains and glaciers amongst alpine flowers at their very best. The talk concludes with an ascent by cable car to the Aiguille du Midi, followed by a gondola traverse of the Mer de Glace on a beautiful clear day with views as far as the Matterhorn near Zermatt.
Steuart said: “This was our third long distance trek in the Alps and we had walked on two sections in our previous treks. Some years ago, we walked from Lake Geneva via Chamonix to Nice on the GR5 through the French Alps and more recently from Chamonix to Zermatt on the Classic Walkers’ Haute Route. Le Tour du Mont Blanc coincides with parts of our previous walks in both France and Switzerland but we looked forward to re-visiting those sections and to the Italian section which was new to us. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Our photograph shows Mont Blanc above the glaciers taken from the summit of Le Brévant near the end of our walk.”
Anita added: “We have chosen July for our walks in the Alps because the snow has melted on most of the paths by then and the Alpine flowers are at their best in their short season. Our favourite flowers are the trumpet gentians, Martagon lilies and moss campion. We saw lots of all three and enjoyed seeing ibex and marmots in the high meadows. There was more snow than we had experienced on previous walks in the Alps and we had to progress very carefully over extensive snow patches but the scenery was stunning!”
The talk will take place at 7-30pm in Trinity Methodist Church and Community Hub, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JY. Admission is £5 (no tickets) including interval refreshments with net proceeds for Trinity Methodist Church Development Fund (Charity number 1129609). A new series of Trinity Travel Talks will begin on Friday, October 12th, with Inverness to Fort William by barge.
Brochures listing the next series of Trinity Travel Talks will be available in September from Trinity Methodist Church, Clitheroe Library and the Platform Gallery.