Page 13, 25th March 1937

25th March 1937
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Page 13, 25th March 1937 — Travel Notes " IN SEARCH OF ENGLAND "

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2,400 Swedish Miles For By EXPLORATOR Attractive as is the idea of a holiday abroad, that is really no reason not to see something of one's own country as well. There is no doubt, too, that some of England's beauties are very underrated. There is the Lake District, for instance, Northerners are near enough and shrewd enough to appreciate this mountainous playground at their doors, but if the country as a whole fully realised what a wealth of glorious walks and climbs there are in this paradise of lakes and mountains, with the sea close at hand, I am sure Swiss bookings would suffer.

Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Great Gable will provide climbs galore for the seasoned mountaineer who thrives on difficulties, but there are any amount of very easy climbs for the less energetic, and is there any delight greater than a good, stiff walk over the ridge from one deep valley to the next? You really know you've done something then.

The Lakes — Windermere, Grasmere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite and others—are justly famous the world over, but the soaring hills tumbling right into them give them half their attractions. There are any amount of good little hotels and inns. There is one snag, though— alas! the rainfall is the highest in England and a good mackintosh and the thickest of shoes are essential.

Sweden New Tourists Sweden is a country that has come more and more into favour with the British travelling public, particularly since its currency followed the pound off gold in 1931. Such interest is very natural, for they are a close kinsmen of ours and their progressive outlook, together with the very high standard of living, are famous all over the world. ,..The Swedish railways are extremely good and comfortable and run sleepers of all classes.

The further you go, the lower becomes the mileage rate, so that you can go from Gothenburg to Lapland (yes, miles past the Arctic Circle), a distance of over twelve hundred miles, and back, for as little as seven pounds (second-class)! English and German are spoken almost universally.

Whether your taste be Stockholm, incomparably situated on a series of islands, with hundreds more such wooded islands around, and a network of waterways, or the far-off, lonely hills and fells of the North or the many bathing-places of Southern Sweden, you will love Sweden and want to return to this highly civilised and hospitable land. There is a good boat service direct from Tilbury to Gothenburg, or the journey can be made via Harwich, Esbjerg and Copenhagen.

Replies to Correspondents ROMP ORD.—The " Saengerknaben " do run a hotel at Hinterbichl in the Eastern Tyrol (not the Tyrol proper), in glorious scenery not far from the Italian frontier at San Candido and the Grossvenediger. (Nearest station, Liens). It appears to be an excellent hotel and very cheap. Pension can be had for as little as nine schillings a day. But access is very difficult. The best way from England is via Innsbruck (change), Fortes= (change), San Candid() (change), and Liens, whence by 'bus.

ANDRE A 8.—T advise you not to go on a tour, particularly as you speak French and German. My suggestion to you is to take a seventeen-day return ticket to Brussels (.£2 Ifis. ld. every Saturday, Sunday or Monday only, slight reduction if you go at Whit), thence to the Austrian frontier Feldkirch (or Basel and Basel-Feldkirch). Get a return ticket from Feldkirch to Innsbruck before leaving London (.£1 15s. secondclass, 60 per cent. reduction). Leaving London la, you arrive Luxemburg (change Brussels) at 11.45 p.m. Leave Luxemburg 6.15 a.m. the next day and. after a glorious day through perfect scenery. you are in Innsbruck• that eyening. That is far less tiring and expensive. I can recommend Mieders, Mutters, Neustift, Prins, Stehle& and St. Jodok. near Lnnsbruck--all lovely. The Austrian Railways (161, Regent Street, ILV.1) wilt give punier: of hotels and prices. For Luxemburg hotel, the Belgian Railways (09, Regent Street, W.1).

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