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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  

Walk the Munros with Steve Kew's Cicerone guidebooks

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  

WALK 1 from Walking in the Pentland Hills by Susan Falconer

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  

Trek the gr10 trail with a Cicerone guidebook

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  

Mountain biking in Scotland with a Cicerone guidebook

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  

Trail running in Chamonix at the start of UTMB

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.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

A spotlight on: George Fisher

1 Sep , 2016  

George Fisher

Here at Cicerone it’s our mission to help give people a ‘great time on the hill’. To support us in this mission we are really chuffed our guidebooks are widely available in bricks and mortar shops not just in the UK, but all around the world ready for you to find and plan your next […]

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The Cleveland Way

29 Aug , 2016  

The Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way by Paddy Dillon Book published by Cicerone Press

Have you ever wanted to walk the Cleveland Way? Here is a little run down of this walk around the North York Moors National Park, plus two other neighbouring long distance walks: the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Tabular Hills Walk.

UK, UK Walks

A couple of weeks of walking in the North East

24 Aug , 2016  

Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon

There’s so much walking in the North East that you may need to take more than a couple of weeks off work… Here are some of our favourites.

UK, UK Walks

The rocks of the Yorkshire Wolds

23 Aug , 2016  

Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon

Whilst you’re walking the Yorkshire Wolds Way you may come across some interesting rocks… Yes, really. Here are three types to look out for, although we can’t promise you’ll find any.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

Jonathan takes a birthday trip in a microlight

19 Aug , 2016  

Jonathan swaps his publishing hat for a flying helmet as he enjoys a birthday surprise flight in a microlight.

If you ever get offered a trip in a microlight, it’s a “must do”…..

Jonathan swaps his publishing hat for a flying helmet as he enjoys a birthday surprise flight in a microlight.

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The West Highland Way

17 Aug , 2016  

Walking the West Highland Way, a guidebook by Terry Marsh

Have you ever wanted to walk the West Highland Way? Here is a quick introduction to this mostly easy, low-level trail from Milngavie to Fort William in Scotland.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK, UK Walks

Things to do on Islay and Jura in the rain

9 Aug , 2016  

Islay and Jura walking guidebook

Cicerone’s Caroline has a holiday on Islay and Jura and enjoyed some mountain biking, walking (and whisky tasting) in the typical Scottish weather.

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

Updating the Alpine Pass Route and avoiding Brexit

3 Aug , 2016  

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Jonathan gladly escaped the post-referendum chaos for a few days walking to check out the changes to the Alpine Pass Route. Here he summarises some of the changes to the startpoint in the east and Lenk, Gstaad and L’Etivaz in Switzerland.

Europe, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Fancy getting a mountain for your birthday?

1 Aug , 2016  

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Then make friends with Norway…

Is this the most unexpected update to a guide, ever? Norway may give Finland a mountain making Cicerone’s guide to Europe’s High Points out of date.