News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling
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.
Regular guest bloggers Carol and Jim Watson have been hiking the Tour of the Jungfrau Region and share this trip report with you.
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.
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.
At its best, the Lake District in winter can reveal the most stunningly beautiful landscapes. The day was forecasted clear, so the plan – optimistically maybe given the usual changeable conditions – was to find some of the best views we could… Pavey Arc was bare and bright, snow dotting the cliffs, with the white mounds of higher summits beckoning us on.
What’s on the checklist for your next trip? Unspoiled mountains; good paths and guidebook; day walks and multi-day treks? Bulgaria offers all this and more…
In this blog post, two regular Cicerone fans go walking on Lanzarote with the aid of a Cicerone guidebook. They took the latest edition of Paddy Dillon’s guide “Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura”.
Cicerone have just received this delightful email from happy customers who walked the Tour of Mont Blanc and hiked in Peru’s Sacred Valley using our guidebooks. The conclude “who knows what adventures are about to start, but certainly, whenever possible, Cicerone will be with us.’
Armed with both new volumes of Walking in Provence, courtesy of Cicerone’s “new guides for old” discount scheme and a clutch of IGN maps, we visited the small market town of Buis-les-Baronnies tucked away in the Ouvèze vally for a great week’s walking in Drôme Provençale, and have returned numerous times…
We woke up to a warm and sunny Christmas day. We were on Gran Canaria and spent every day of our holiday exploring this island on foot. Our plan for Christmas day was to walk up to the highest point in Gran Canaria, to Pico de las Nieves.
Karen from Billings, Montana emailed to ask for suggestions for which alpine trek she should tackle next after her Chamonix-Zermatt and Alta Via 2 treks. Cicerone publisher Jonathan Williams runs through the main options in Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia.
On our second day we planned to submit Monte Grona. It rained the night before and dark clouds were sitting low on the mountain tops as we drove towards Breglia and as we got higher, thick fog gave us an unfriendly greeting. We were determined and hoped that the fog and clouds would lift up later on the day.
In August this year we walked from St Maria Maggiore to the Matterhorn, 9 days passing through Val Grande, Valsesia and the southern section of the Cicerone Tour of Monte Rosa from Alagne to Zermatt.
For a while I’d had my eye on the northern section of the Pennine Bridleway running from the top of the Mary Townley Loop (MTL) back to Newby Head near Dent.
I marked up the route and worked out we could do about 50 miles per day with a stopover in Settle
Last year we decided to walk the Traverse of the Alps, from Thonon on Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, 420 miles across the high Alps, mainly in France but crossing into Switzerland for part of the walk and hugging the French/Italian border in places.
The morning couldn’t come quick enough; a pleasant evening meal shared with our dorm fellows was followed by an Olympic display of torrential snoring putting pay to our best laid plans to get a good night sleep before our defining day – ladders or not?
Solo climb of the Watzmann Ostwand, via the Berchtesgatner Weg, Berchtesgaten, in the Bavarian Alps. This climb has 1800 meter of vertical elevation from the bottom of the face to the summit (summit is 2713m), UIAA grade I and II for the most part with a couple of sections of III+. This essentially translates into a 3000m grade 3 scramble with a few bits of Diff/VDiff. I intended to climb the face in the day and descend in the night.