Indian Railways

The British media has reported often recently on how wonderful Indian Railways are. How we built them, how despite the huge numbers of people using them nowadays they still run on time and are the best way to see the sub-continent. Well, I travelled on them for a while late last year, and this is what I think. Indian trains are better than Indian buses as a means of getting around, thats for sure. They could hardly be worse though, what with the terrible bumpy roads that wind over hill and through…

Red Funnel Ferries – Southampton to the Isle of Wight

Red Funnel operate a ferry service from Southampton to the Isle of Wight in Southern England. We used them a month ago when we went for a short walking holiday on the island (which, incidentally, is fantastic. Nothing very high, but very beautiful and well signposted routes through the sort of unspoilt, slow-paced, graceful countryside that you don’t see very often on the Southern English mainland.) We booked our Red Funnel tickets online and printed out our boarding passes with no problems (a car plus 4 passengers costs less than £50 return)….

Emirates Airline

Starting out, the Booking Procedure for Emirates is a problem. I spent two hours on their very slow website one afternoon, at the end of which I didn’t actually manage to book even one of our two flights. Why did I continue to bother then? Because they’ve a reputation as a very good airline, and they’re also very good value, so I persevered.  I emailed their customer service people. The email address bounced. Not very professional at all.  I managed to get a help desk number to call, not free-phone…

Review of Air Transat – London to Canada service

We travel between London and Canada a few times a year and mostly we use Air Transat, as it’s usually the cheapest direct service by a large amount. The last time we booked a flight, which was 2 months ago, for instance, Air Transat was £430 return from London to Toronto, whilst British Airways was £610 and Air Canada was about £500. The Air Transat booking staff in the UK aren’t great. But then again, from our experience, the booking staff from British Airways and Air Canada aren’t that good…

The Scotrail ‘Caledonian Express’ Sleeper Train from London to Glasgow

I was heading for the Isle of Kerrera, off the west coast of Scotland, which meant I had to get to Oban via Glasgow. Now, I didn’t want to fly or take the bus from England to Scotland so I tried out the overnight sleeper train instead. It departed London Euston at about 10.30pm and arrived next morning at Glasgow Central at around 7am. It was my first experience of overnight train travel in Britain, so I was unsure what to expect. My experience on overnight trains in Europe told…

Windermere Lake Cruises, The Lake District, England

It’s often a hassle to drive around in the area as the roads are so narrow – making passing difficult as almost every second person has a huge 4×4 and the roads are built for horses and carts – and parking spaces are hard to come by in many places. The area is just so popular that you’d have to go out of season, that’s between November and March, to have a good chance to finding parking spaces wherever you wanted. So we looked into taking buses around, but found…

Ullswater Steamers

  ‘Ullswater Steamers run a ferry service on the very scenic Ullswater Lake in the Lake District, Cumbria, England. We used it to get around the lake whilst walking in the area. Here’s what we think about it. They Say - “Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmental accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating lake cruises on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.” We…

Accommodation, Restaurant and Transport Reviews

Hi! And welcome to the Trek and Run Accommodation and Restaurant Reviews Page. When you’re ready to go back to the main site, click here www.trekandrun.com But before then, please browse the categories on the right of the page to see the Accommodation, Restaurants and Transport we’ve used and reviewed. If you didn’t already know we at Trek and Run review accommodation extensively, with each place being stayed in for a minimum of 3 nights. We’re positive people who love travelling and eating and want to give Hotels, B&B’s, Campsites and Restaurants a…