Ramblers Walking Holidays

Music in the Mountains - Kathleen Atherfold

Blog post   •   Aug 23, 2012 16:34 BST

The Julian Alps 6 – 20 July, 2012

Two weeks and two walking grades – just what I needed to try out this new holiday in the Julian Alps where the soaring peaks rise to Triglav at 2,864 m and are interspersed by deep valleys, rivers of crystal-clear water, blankets of thick forest and meadows filled with wild flowers.

Arriving at Ljubljana airport we were met by Al and Jane Sarjeant, a great couple who I have walked with previously and know to be fabulous leaders. Arriving at the Bohinj Hotel in rather wet conditions, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had been allocated studio suites, comprising of a lounge, bedroom and bathroom – what luxury! Surrounded by mountains and with the nearby Lake Bohinj, we were in a perfect location.

It was only the second day of the holiday when a most memorable incident occurred. Our route took us through the small village of Stara Fužina to climb to Kosijev Dom for our morning break. Our route then took us up a steep gully to the highest point of the walk at 1,700 metres.  Continuing on an undulating path, the next Dom came into view below us, looking rather like a collection of hillbilly buildings.

Arriving at the Bregarjevo zavestišce  we found our host waiting at the door. He soon had us set up with drinks as we ate our picnic lunches. Traditionally the owners of Doms are happy for you to eat your own food as long as you buy drinks from them.

However we couldn’t have been more surprised at what happened next! We could hardly believe our ears, or eyes, as the host and his brother walked out through the door playing a piano accordion and washboard respectively.

And what do ramblers do when they hear music? They get up and dance!

Returning to the hotel after such a memorable event, we wondered what other treats and delights the holiday could hold. Bohinj proved to be a great centre for a variety of walks at different levels, and the second week in Kranjska Gora was no less spectacular.

Here the mountains were higher and harder for those who took up the challenge of the C+ walks, and just as delightful for the more relaxed days of the D+ walks. It even had its own musical treats with a typical Slovenian evening, which included a barbecue and a group playing and singing Slovenian and English music.

Another great holiday, with many thanks to Al and Jane for their expert and caring leadership.