Hiking Oregon’s Oneonta Gorge

Last week I told you about nine different Oregon beauty spots. This week I’m picking one of them, the Oneonta Gorge, to tell you more about the wonderful hike I did there. It’s an easy adventure incorporating hiking, scrambling, wild swimming and waterfalls that can be undertaken independently and with minimal preparation and kit. It is quick enough that you can complete it in afternoon, have enormous fun and be home in time for tea. The adventure takes in the Oneonta Gorge, a narrow emerald chasm that slices into the wall of the much bigger Columbia River Gorge. Hike half…

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Nine Oregon beauty spots near Portland

My abiding memory of Oregon is rich, multi-layered, far-reaching greenness. Of yellow-green grasses rolling down to the sea; of forest-green walls of fir surrounding us on drives down long, straight roads; of bottle-green mosses and teal-green waters. Green is the colour the Pacific Northwest wears so well, as if to prove all other colours unnecessary. During my time in Portland — a trip that lasted a little over a week — I managed to get out of the city on two separate road trips to immerse myself in this immense greenery. At the time of my trip it felt as…

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Brecon Beacons: A wild Wales weekend

There was a time when all I knew of Wales was its northernmost reaches. Abersoch, Anglesey and pretty Portmeirion were the places I spent my early childhood; but there is more to Wales than that, and more of Wales than that in me. About a quarter of me comes from the Valleys, the industrialised area of South Wales where my Nana grew up — before she fled to medical school in Cardiff, and then to England. But there is more to Wales even than these places. Plenty more. One of the places I have longed to go is the Brecon Beacons.…

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