Invitation/press release

Presentation of a New Mountain Walking Guide 29 November, 19.30 at the Biblioteca Marcel•li Domingo, Tortosa

English authors Philip and Vivien Freakley issue an open invitation to the launch in Catalunya of their guidebook: Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya. Publisher: Cicerone Press August 2010.

This is the first English language guide to walking routes in the Parc Natural dels Ports, the Serra de Cardó, the Serra de Montsia and the coastal path between L’Ametlla de Mar and L’Ampolla. It aims to introduce walkers from Northern Europe to the outstanding natural beauty and diverse landscapes of the Terres de l’Ebre..

Working with the generous help of Català walkers and guidebook writers, local English walkers, tourism agencies and Parc Natural employees, Philip and Vivien have gathered together 30 walking excursions – ranging from easy strolls to challenging ridge routes. Walkers are introduced to the dramatic geology, unique flora and fauna and human use of the uplands.

The book also gives a brief introduction to some of the history and culture of this special corner of Europe together with extensive practical information about travel and accommodation.

In Britain, the book is of interest to walkers seeking respite from the cold, wet greyness of winter there. Walkers from other Northern European countries (many of whom speak English as their second language) will also be drawn to the winter walking possibilities of Southern Catalunya, as they currently are to Mallorca, Andalucia and the Canary Isles.

The presentation launch on 29th November will feature short introductory talks by Català and English speakers, together with a visual presentation showing the extraordinary beauty of the area. There will be opportunities for formal and informal discussion and a chance to celebrate with the authors over a glass or two of wine. The Llibreria de Viladrich 2 will have copies of the guidebook for sale.

About the Authors

After leaving their academic careers in 2002, Philip and Vivien Freakley moved to the French Pyrenees to indulge a lifelong passion for mountains and the natural world. They discovered the mountains of Southern Catalunya during an escape from a particularly cold and snowy Pyrenean winter. Their first explorations were prompted by curiosity – as to why none of the English language guidebooks gives the region more than a passing mention. This is still something of as mystery. Having bought a house here in 2004 they have spent five winters putting this guidebook together.