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News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK Long Distance

Paddy Dillon enjoys the Spine Race, from his armchair

19 Jan , 2017  

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Paddy Dillon wouldn’t give the Spine Race a go – he’s not daft – but he has been watching it and shares these thoughts with us.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Kev Reynolds’ mini tour

19 Jan , 2017  

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Cicerone author Kev Reynolds is doing a mini tour. If you haven’t heard this inspirational but very humble man talk then now is your chance!

Mountain Adventures, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Techniques

50 shades of snow: a guide to the white stuff

17 Jan , 2017  

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Understanding the terminology can help you to be safer, find the best conditions and avoid avalanches. Here is our guide to technical snow terms.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Tell Us Your Story, UK Long Distance

Paddy Dillon’s Dales Way Christmas

11 Jan , 2017  

Paddy walks the Dales Way for a Christmas Dinner

Paddy, one of Cicerone’s most prolific authors, lives in Cumbria and was invited to a Christmas dinner at the foot of Ilkley Moor. He decided that walking to Ilkley along the Dales Way would be a great way to work up an appetite. Faced with a lousy weather forecast he packed his waterproofs and set off.

International Treks

A Spotlight on: CaminoWays.com

20 Dec , 2016  

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Is doing a Camino on your bucket list? If you fancy walking or cycling with an organised group then let CaminoWays help you.

International Treks, Tell Us Your Story

Hiking the Tour of the Jungfrau Region: A Trip Report

16 Dec , 2016  

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Regular guest bloggers Carol and Jim Watson have been hiking the Tour of the Jungfrau Region and share this trip report with you.

Sample Route, UK Walks

Ben Nevis and Glen Coe: A sample route

14 Dec , 2016  

Try a sample route from our guidebook to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

It’s Christmas and we are kind so enjoy this sample route from our upcoming guidebook to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Cheers and happy hillwalks!

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Techniques

How to take photos you’ll want to keep

9 Dec , 2016  

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Kev Reynolds, author of many Cicerone guidebooks, talks through some of his top tips for taking photos that you’ll want to keep.

Europe, International Treks, Tell Us Your Story

Trekking the GR1, the Sendero Historico: A Trip Report

7 Dec , 2016  

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Tarjei, a keen trekker from Norway, recently finished the whole of the GR1 (the Sendero Historico) with the aid of John Hayes’ guidebook. Here he shares his trip report and some marvellous photographs.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Europe, International Treks, Video

Why I was inspired to write a guidebook to the Traumpfad

30 Nov , 2016  

Trekking the Traumpfad with a Cicerone guidebook

The Munich to Venice trek, or Traumpfad, stole John Hayes’ heart. Let him explain why he was so keen to write about it in a new Cicerone guidebook.

UK Mountains

What are the Munros? And why should I climb them?

29 Nov , 2016  

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What are the Munros and why you should walk them? Steve Kew, the author of two Cicerone guidebooks on these hills, explains more.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Toads and snakes, knives and forks… even tractors and trolls

25 Nov , 2016  

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Toads and snakes, knives and forks… Here are some of our favourite translations of the English phrases ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ from around the world.

UK Walks

What’s so special about walking in Shropshire

18 Nov , 2016  

John Gillham explains why everyone should try Walking in Shropshire

Shropshire is the most beautiful and undiscovered county in England. We ask author John Gillham about his new guidebook and why everyone should go walking in Shropshire.

UK Long Distance, UK Walks, Video

The Ridgeway National Trail: Did you know?

15 Nov , 2016  

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The Ridgeway is a fantastic long-distance walking route through the south of England. Here are 8 things you may not know about this wonderful National Trail.

Europe, International Treks, Video

Why walk from Munich to Venice? Let John Hayes explain.

11 Nov , 2016  

Trekking Munich to Venice with a Cicerone guidebook

There’s a new trekking guidebook to The Dream Way or Traumpfad from Munich to Venice. But why? What ties these cities together and why should you do this allegedly classic trek? John Hayes, author of the Cicerone guidebook, explains.

International Treks, Tell Us Your Story, Worldwide

Trekking in Nepal: Dolpo – A Land Behind The Clouds

9 Nov , 2016  

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Guest blogger Mick postponed his trip to go trekking in Nepal after the terrible earthquakes of last year. However, Nepal is now back open for business.

Europe, International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

The impact of the earthquakes in Italy

7 Nov , 2016  

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Gillian Price, author of the Cicerone guidebooks to walking in Umbria and Sibillini has sent in this news about the impact of the earthquakes in Italy.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

A Spotlight On: Macs Adventure

5 Nov , 2016  

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We work with a wide range of specialist walking holiday companies that supply our guidebooks as part of the full package they offer to their clients. I caught up with Fran from Macs Adventure to find out more…

An Intro to, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe, International Treks

An intro to… The Westweg in Germany’s Black Forest

2 Nov , 2016  

Trekking the Westweg or Westway through Germany's Black Forest with a Cicerone guidebook

The Westweg is one of Germany’s oldest long distance treks, created in a bid to entice walkers to Germany. Here is an intro to this ideal first time trek.

UK Walks

Try a walk in the Pentland Hills with our free sample route

26 Oct , 2016  

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An excellent short and sometimes steep walk for a crisp winter’s day. Taken from Susan Falconer’s guidebook to Walking in the Pentland Hills.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Cicerone author Kev Reynolds celebrates success

26 Oct , 2016  

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Cicerone author Kev Reynolds is celebrating with two notable achievements including Abode of the Gods being Highly Commended at the OWPG Awards.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

An Intro to…the River Rhone Cycle Route

21 Oct , 2016  

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Everything you need to know about the River Rhone Cycle Route, because everyone should do at least one European cycle touring adventure.

An Intro to, Europe, International Treks

An intro to… The GR10 Trail: a trek through the Pyrenees

15 Oct , 2016  

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Have you ever wanted to trek the GR10 Trail? Where even is it? Why should you walk it? Here is a very quick intro to the popular trek.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

A Spotlight on: Contours Walking Holidays

13 Oct , 2016  

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Contours Walking Holidays was founded in 1996 by two directors who shared a common passion for walking, with the aim of making the activity accessible to people from all walks of life.

UK, UK Walks

Walking on the Isle of Man… and the wrath of Manannan

12 Oct , 2016   Gallery

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Cicerone’s Natalie visited the Isle of Man recently and, apart from upsetting the local sea-gods, she had a wonderful time exploring.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

The highlights of the Cycle Show at the NEC

8 Oct , 2016   Gallery

Josephine's winning entry in the Cycle Show competition

Last week we were at the Cycle Show and we thought we’d share our highlights of the show with you. Danny MacAskill was a highlight. So was the pizza.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK

Cycling in Northumberland – the coast and castles tour

1 Oct , 2016  

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Jonathan and Lesley Williams take a few days off and do some cycling in Northumberland – into the wind.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, International Treks, Worldwide

The history of the Jordan Trail

28 Sep , 2016  

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Tony Howard tells us about the fascinating history of the Jordan Trail from the first inklings of an idea to the trail becoming official.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK

Mountain biking in Scotland – a soggy adventure

26 Sep , 2016  

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Jim Sutherland, author of Walking in Torridon, and his friend Dunc go on an adventure with Sean Benz’s new guidebook to Mountain Biking in Scotland.

Europe, Trail Running

UTMB: Kingsley Jones’ DNC (Did Not Connect)

8 Sep , 2016  

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Kingsley Jones recently made the tough decision to pull out of the iconic Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) race. Here, he discusses the spirit of the event.