Friday, June 20, 2014

Scotland and England Photos: View At Your Own Risk



You've been warned.


Ryder-Walker guest Paul Loch recently returned from a self-guided Rob Roy Way and Cotswolds Way and he kindly shared these photos from his trip. One of his favorite memories: “The Famous Double Gloucester Cheese Race. While no longer sanctioned by authorities, it’s a real hoot!”

Paul wanted to see this race for a long time, and he finally made it this year.

What is the Gloucester Cheese Race? It’s an annual event where competitors race each other down a dangerously steep hill while chasing an 8-pound wheel of Double Gloucester Cheese.

Maybe that's too kind.

The Sports Gazette summarized the race this way; "twenty young men chasing a cheese off a cliff and tumbling 200 yards to the bottom, where they are scraped up by paramedics and packed off to the hospital"—a more apt description.

The event takes place at Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester England and draws between five and ten thousand spectators each year. It’s total chaos and injuries are common. The cheese has been known to touch speeds of 70 mph! To date, no participant has actually caught the cheese.

It’s worth noting that pictures cannot, and will never, do this race justice. The hill is insanely steep. If Cooper's Hill had a ski lift, it would be labeled Double Black Diamond (experts only).

Feel like falling down the rabbit hole? Check out the following website. It’s the definitive source for cheese rolling in Gloucester, England. http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/

And don’t forget to check out Paul’s photos from his walk. Note: You'll have to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the images from the Cheese Roll.

Thanks Paul, for sharing these images!

Image by Paul Loch

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Photos of Norway



Be sure to visit our Facebook page if you haven't done so already. We just posted new photos from our Norway hiking tour that finished today. Norway: The Islands of Loften offers a special outdoor experience. Unlike the majority of our inn-to-inn hiking tours, this multisport extravaganza offers hiking, scrambling and kayaking along Norway's scenic fjords. Click here to see the photos.

You can also see 85 more photos from last year's Norway hiking tour by clicking here.

All images by RW guide and adventure racer Staffan Björklund.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Ryder-Walker Featured in Travel and Leisure | Best Adventure Travel Destinations 2014



We think that Travel + Leisure did a very nice job when they produced a caricature version of Ryder-Walker’s founder and CEO, Peter Walker, for their June, 2014 edition. To quote head guide and nearly 20-year Ryder-Walker veteran, Ken Fuhrer, “The resemblance is uncanny!” Click here to see the caricature.

T+L’s version of our esteemed leader appears on page 82 of the June edition (on newstands now). T+L profiled Peter Walker for their feature story Adventure Travel 2014—our picks from the top outfitters, plus insider tips and itineraries.

What are Peter Walker’s picks for adventure travel in 2014?

On Peter’s radar: “The Balkan states of Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro, for their incredible landscapes, cuisines, and history. They’re the full package.”

Read the full story by grabbing this month’s edition of Travel + Leisure, or read Peter Walker’s insider tips by clicking the following link. Enjoy it!

Image: Slovenia is hot right now! Bled Castle, Slovenia. | By Ken Fuhrer