Eric Kendall TOGETHER
Eric Kendall

We are delighted to welcome Eric and Penny Kendall into the Inntravel fold. Eric and Penny live in Val d'Anniviers in Switzerland and will be helping us to check current walking notes and to suggest new routes throughout the Alps. Last month, they met up with Inntravel's 'routemaster general' David Lanfear in the Spanish region of the Cerdagne in the Pyrenees to get an understanding of what the job entails...

The art of walking...

"Learning to write Inntravel walking notes is an eye-opener. Thousands of you have had the pleasure of being guided through your holiday by David Lanfear – one of Inntravel’s walkers-in-chief – via his route notes. If you didn’t give them a second thought, so much the better. His art, after not sending you up blind alleys, is to take you through each day with minimal intrusion and just the right amount of reassurance about where you’re going, to ensure you can simply enjoy the sights, sounds and experiences along the way.

To learn from the master, I accompanied David while he explored a new Pyrenean route. Aside from the nitty-gritty of constructing a clear, concise set of notes, the level of effort he puts into recording each day’s walk, motivated by an overwhelming sense of care for his walkers, is humbling. He might never meet most of you, but he’s thinking about you throughout each day, not just on the ‘tracks’ and ‘paths’ (there is a difference) but over breakfast and dinner, or as he builds wonderful relationships with your hoteliers, taxi drivers and other locals who’ll be looking after you. His endless charm and enthusiasm opens doors for all of you who follow."

Articles by Eric Kendall

Frozen secrets

Inntravel route-finder and Switzerland-based ski expert Eric Kendall tells us of his fascination with glaciers, and the surprises they sometimes throw up.

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How to say hello

In a country where footpaths often begin in one linguistic region and end in another, it can be tricky to know how to greet your fellow travellers. Our Swiss expert Eric Kendall has the answer...

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Biking the Rallarvegen

In a country full of 'wow' scenery, the spectacular Flåm Valley still manages to stand out. Inntravel's Eric Kendall tests out the ultimate way to explore this picturesque corner of Norway – a dramatic "descent" by bike from Myrdal to Flåm...

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High stars

The walls may not be made of oregano, nor the duvets stuffed with parsley, but the Kräuterhotel ('herb hotel') Edelweiss definitely deserves its botanical name, as our Swiss expert Eric Kendall explains...

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Speaking the same language?

Norwegians are really good at English. So good, in fact, that they don't need a native speaker’s help to translate – resulting in some very subtle but entertaining errors...

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"As for the walking itself, what might be 15km to you – a perfect day complete with refreshing bar visits and picnic stops – could be 30km to him by the time he has explored every alternative (paths as well as bars). For once he's not joking when he says his head-torch is the most important item in his rucksack. Not only has every Inntravel route been tried and tested, but plenty of others too, before being edited out in favour of yet better ones.

It was an honour to have ‘merged paths' (one of his favourites) with David and I look forward to more time walking together one day. It’s a shame all Inntravellers can’t have that pleasure in person, though I suspect many of you wouldn’t get up the first hill before exhaustion set in, brought on by helpless laughter at his anecdotes. So the next time you reach a 'multi-junction' and unerringly find yourself heading up the correct path without undue squinting at the map, raise your water-bottle to David and remember, should your paths ever cross, to ask him to tell you about the time he almost drowned Mrs. Branson, Richard’s mum…"