Austria’s Upper Inn Valley proved to be an idyllic setting for my very first Ramblers Worldwide Holidays walking holiday. Unsure of what a D+ holiday really meant, the week designed for “flower lovers” at a slower pace had immediate appeal. Of course I like flowers, but as a first-timer with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, it was the slower pace that was attractive in assuaging my fear of being too slow for the group. I soon discovered that my fear was unfounded. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share the week’s walking with. The group’s international flair – with Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the UK represented – added another dimension to our diversified group of 14.
While we might have finished the week in doubt of how the ‘sunshine terrace’ label was acquired, the lack of sun did not diminish the week’s experiences. The walks were amazing and varied, the accommodation and food superb, and my fellow walkers were a pleasure to get to know. In fact, one night during the course of conversation over dinner it was discovered that the three of us sitting at one end of the table (one from Canada, one from Australia and one from the UK) all had graduated from Durham University. Now that’s a small world story for you.
Overall, I found this holiday well organised and finely tuned. Our days were full, with few idle moments yet we never felt rushed. What I especially enjoyed was the camaraderie within the group, not to mention the unique techniques for navigating rather steep descents that two members of the group became renowned for. A truly memorable week!