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First issue of “Lakeland’s Favourite Magazine” comes home for seventieth anniversary

23 Feb , 2017  

The Cumbrian Way

A rare copy of the first edition of Cumbria magazine, dubbed ‘Lakeland’s favourite’ has come home in time for the magazine’s seventieth anniversary.

International Treks

Introducing The Jordan Trail

22 Feb , 2017  

Tony Howard and Di Taylor love Jordan and have been fundamental in creating the Jordan Trail – the country’s first long distance path.

An Intro to, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The Pilgrim’s Way or ‘England’s Camino’

17 Feb , 2017  

The Pilgrim's Way from Winchester to Canterbury, a walking guidebook by Leigh Hatts

Have you ever wanted to walk the Pilgrim’s Way? Here is a very quick introduction to this ancient pilgrimage known as England’s Camino.

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

Win a backpacking sack from Osprey

14 Feb , 2017  

The Snowdonia Way, an ideal backpacking adventure

It’s the time of year when we start thinking about a longer trip. Of course we have an excellent range of guidebooks but perhaps you need a rucksack? Here’s a competition to help.

Sample Route, UK Walks

Dark Peak Walks: A Sample Route from Paul Besley’s new guidebook

10 Feb , 2017  

Walking in the Dark Peak by Paul Besley

Try a walk in the Dark Peak from our new guidebook by Paul Besley, out in March. Highlights include Chatsworth House and gardens created by Capability Brown.

An Intro to, UK Long Distance

An Intro to… Scotland’s Great Trails

8 Feb , 2017  

Scotland’s best long distance routes are called “Great Trails” and boy do they live up to that name. Here we look at some of the highlights.

About an area, UK, UK Long Distance, UK Walks

The 5 most beautiful places on Guernsey

3 Feb , 2017  

Guernsey is a wonderful destination for walkers, as Paddy Dillon and many others know well. In this blog post Sherpa Expeditions choose the 5 most beautiful places on Guernsey.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Europe, International Treks, International Walks, UK, UK Long Distance

Paddy Dillon’s Cicerone guides popular in libraries

31 Jan , 2017  

Paddy Dillon is one of Cicerone’s most prolific authors but we didn’t realise how popular Paddy’s books were with library users!

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Obituary: Mary Welsh, prolific author and columnist

30 Jan , 2017  

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Cicerone author Mary Welsh. The OWPG have written a touching obituary. The full obituary can be viewed here.

Techniques

Want to try snowshoeing? Here’s a competition for you

26 Jan , 2017  

Win a pair of snowshoes with our Icegripper competition. We may even give you a copy of our guidebook to Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites too!

Europe, International Treks, International Walks, Mountain Adventures, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Visiting the Dolomites? Advice on travel and health insurance

25 Jan , 2017  

Image from Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites by James Rushforth

It’s important to make sure you have the correct travel and health insurance before any holiday, particularly an adventurous one, so James Rushforth, author of Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, shares this advice.

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

Paddy Dillon enjoys the Spine Race, from his armchair

19 Jan , 2017  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

Abode of the Gods - outdoor photography

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  

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  

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  

walk the ridgeway national trail with a Cicerone guidebook

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  

Trekking in nepal - dolpo

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  

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  

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.