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UK, Walking, Yorkshire Dales

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, Walking, Yorkshire Dales

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.

Cicerone Press

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, Scotland, UK, Walking

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, Scotland, Walking

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.

Book news, Europe, Trekking

Updating the Alpine Pass Route and avoiding Brexit

3 Aug , 2016  

Alpine Pass Route trekking guidebook

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.

Book news, Europe, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Walking

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 Norway may give Finland a mountain making Cicerone’s guide to Europe’s High Points out of date.

Cicerone Authors, Scotland, Walking

What about the Corbetts?

29 Jul , 2016  

Walking the corbetts with a cicerone guidebook

Those who know the Scottish Highlands won’t need telling that Scotland has some of the most magnificent mountain and coastal scenery in the world. So why bother with the Corbetts when there are over 280 Munros to go at?

Book news, Germany, Wales, Walking

Cicerone guidebooks make great gifts

22 Jul , 2016  

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Theresa May presents Angela Merkel with Cicerone guide to Snowdonia

Wales, Walking

A few Welsh words for hillwalkers

21 Jul , 2016  

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A few Welsh words for hillwalkers from author Terry Fletcher. Because contrary to what some paranoid visitors may have you believe, Welsh is not spoken just to exclude the English.

UK, Walking

10 things you didn’t know about the Cotswolds

20 Jul , 2016  

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Damian Hall, record-breaking ultrarunner and author of Walking in the Cotswolds, suggests 10 things you didn’t know about his favourite stomping ground.

Europe, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Trekking

Top tips for doing the GR20

19 Jul , 2016  

GR20 Corsica

Paddy Dillon is a man full of wise words and advice and here he gives us his top tips for doing the GR20 – probably the toughest trek in the world.

An Intro to, Trekking, UK, Walking

An intro to… The Great Stones Way

17 Jul , 2016  

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You have probably been underestimating the Great Stones Way. Here is a very quick introduction to this perfect first long distance trail.

Mountain Biking, Scotland

Eight epic mountain biking viewpoints

15 Jul , 2016  

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Mountain biking is a great activity for getting to see loads of incredible places quickly. Here are eight epic viewpoints from Mountain Biking in West and North West Scotland. If you haven’t got a biking trip planned then we apologise now.

Mountain Biking, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Scotland

Top tips for mountain biking safety

13 Jul , 2016  

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Most of the time, mountain biking is a perfectly safe activity and far safer than cycling on roads. However, rutted, slippery and loose surfaces are frequently encountered and if you take a tumble at speed, you risk causing yourself considerable damage. Expert Peter Edwards gives us some top tips for mountain biking safety.

An Intro to, Trekking, UK

An intro to… St Cuthbert’s Way

11 Jul , 2016  

St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way guidebook

Fancy following the footsteps of a saint? Well, you can walk like one at least with St Cuthbert’s Way in Northumberland.

Cicerone Press, Spain, Walking

Coast to Coast Walking in Andalucia

4 Jul , 2016  

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Jonathan and Lesley go walking in Andalucia with Guy Hunter-Watts, author of several guidebooks to the area.

An Intro to, Trekking, UK, Walking

An intro to… The Kennet and Avon canal

29 Jun , 2016  

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Have you ever wanted to walk the Kennet and Avon Canal? Here is a very quick introduction to this fascinating long distance walk.

Cicerone Press, Lake District, Walking

A midsummer night’s Fellranger walk

24 Jun , 2016  

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Sian and Natalie from the Cicerone office decided to make use of the longest day’s additional light by doing a midsummer night Fellranger walk. And then Sian even went for a swim – we’ve got a brave Head of Production!

Italy, Walking

Walking ON the Italian Lakes

23 Jun , 2016  

Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Yavachev known as Christo stand on his installation 'The Floating Piers', on the Lake Iseo, northern Italy, June 16, 2016.REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

This is not exactly what our author Gillian Price meant when she wrote about Walking the Italian Lakes…. The Bulgarian artist Christos has just opened his floating piers on Italy’s Lago d’Iseo. So now you can walk 3km on the tranquil lake.

Cicerone Authors, Trekking, UK, Walking

Paddy finishes the Pennine Way

22 Jun , 2016  

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Paddy Dillon has been walking the Pennine Way in order to update his guidebook to the first National Trail. Here he gives us his general thoughts on his walk.

Cicerone Press, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Running, Scotland

Success on Charlie Ramsay’s Round this weekend

20 Jun , 2016  

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Cicerone’s Joe Williams has just got back to the office after completing the running challenge of Charlie Ramsay’s Round in Scotland this weekend.

Book news, Cicerone Press, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

GPX routes now available

20 Jun , 2016  

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Did you know that Cicerone now provide GPX routes for many of our walking, trekking and cycling guidebooks? It is by no means all of the range but there are now quite a few. We hope you find this feature helpful.

Mountain Biking, Trekking, UK, Walking

Three reasons to explore the South Downs National Park

20 Jun , 2016  

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The South Downs are England’s newest national park and well worth a visit. The iconic landscape between Eastbourne in East Sussex and Winchester in Hampshire is ideal for walking, trekking and biking (hence the three relevant Cicerone guidebooks). But there are are more than these three reasons to explore the South Downs.

Cicerone Press, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Ten years left to ‘Find our Way’, and register unrecorded footpaths

14 Jun , 2016  

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In 2026 any footpaths not recorded on official mapping could be lost forever. Cicerone and the Open Spaces Society need your help to ensure they remain in use. The Open Spaces Society has launched its Find Our Way fund, to support its work against the clock to save our historic public-paths.

Cicerone Authors, Trekking, UK, Walking

Pennine Way Personalities

9 Jun , 2016  

Pennine way

Paddy Dillon has been re-walking the Pennine Way in order to update his guidebook and meeting plenty of characters on the way.

An Intro to, Europe, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Trekking, Walking

An intro to… The GR20

8 Jun , 2016  

GR20 Corsica

Fancy taking on one of the toughest treks in the world? Here is a quick intro to the GR20. This Corsican trek is widely known as one of the best and toughest trails in the world and should not be undertaken lightly.

Europe, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Trekking, Walking

When should I walk the GR20?

8 Jun , 2016  

The picture on the left was taken towards the end of May and the GR20, up the gully,
is heavily covered in snow; the one on the right was taken towards the end of July and the snow has gone

People often ask us “when should I walk the GR20?” so we asked Paddy Dillon to give us some advice on the best time of year to take on this challenging route.

Cicerone Authors, Italy, Walking

Walking on the Aeolian Islands, Sicily

6 Jun , 2016  

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Pamela Harris enjoys some walking on the Aeolian Islands, much aided by Gillian Price’s guidebook to Walking in Sicily. She has shared her memories, and a little history, with us in this blog post.

Cicerone Authors, Trekking, Walking

Five people you’ll meet on the Pennine Way

2 Jun , 2016  

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Paddy Dillon is walking the Pennine Way in order to update his guidebook. Now that he has walked it several times it has become clear that there are several types of walkers that you are likely to meet along the Way.