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Glamtrails making tracks in Hemel en Aarde

October 2019

An exciting new tourism offering, Glamtrails, presenting exclusive walking tours with wine and food experiences, is establishing itself as a must-do for discerning visitors to the Hermanus and Hemel en Aarde region in the Western Cape.

Glamtrails’ guided routes through beautiful fynbos, vineyards and farmland can be completed in a matter of hours, some a short stroll, others an uphill hike, and guests are rewarded with wine tastings, food and wine pairings and extraordinary meals at some of the premier wine farms in Hemel en Aarde.

Each Glamtrail has been researched and walked by Tim Lundy and his wife, Gillian. As an accredited mountain guide, Tim has many years of walking experience and regularly leads hikes in the Western Cape mountains. He is the author of ‘Family Walks in the Western Cape’, a book of easy walks for all ages and fitness levels, and he talks all things hiking on a weekly programme on Cape Talk

.The idea for Glamtrails was borne of a conversation with the late Ezanne Newton Johnson from Newton Johnson Family Vineyards, who loved Hemel en Aarde and believed that others should have the opportunity to enjoy its incredible vistas and unique fauna and flora.

“We are privileged to have been invited to develop our five walking tours in this very special valley, best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producing wine farms such as Bouchard Finlayson, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Newton Johnson Family Vineyards, Creation Wines and Ataraxia. We have had such positive feedback from our guests as well as the wine farms and restaurants we visit on the tours, and look forward to building a home for Glamtrails in Hemel en Aarde,” says Tim Lundy.

Partnerships are key

The spectacular trails on offer were developed over a few years and with special permission from landowners, making the experiences truly unique.

Bevan Newton Johnson, Managing Director of Newton Johnson Family Vineyards, has played an important role in assisting with Glamtrails’ development: “We enjoy a strong partnership with Glamtrails and look forward to sharing our wines and the food experience at The Restaurant at Newton Johnson, as part of what they offer their clients. Glamtrails is a wonderful inclusion in enhancing and sophisticating tourism to Hemel en Aarde and Hermanus. We are extremely fortunate our natural beauty is immense and Glamtrails is one of the best ways to enjoy this.”

Frieda Lloyd, Manager Cape Whale Coast Tourism, says that travellers are looking for experiences and Glamtrails is responding to this trend by offering a family friendly activity that balances exercise and wine tasting pleasure: “Guided walks with visits to fine wine country cellars is a memorable and unique way of exploring the region while fueling up on fun, fresh air and South Africa's best Pinot Noir.”

A long term vision

Tim and Gillian’s long term vision is to create a multi-day walking experience where guests immerse themselves for 3, 4 or 5 days without having to leave the valley. They plan to eventually have a product that would rival offerings like Tuscany walks; a Camino-type of experience with wine, food, historical narratives along with a community component.

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