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Sample Route, UK

Sample Route from Scrambles in Snowdonia: Notch Arête 2***

19 Aug , 2017  

A Sample Route from Scrambles in Snowdonia, Steve Ashton's classic guidebook that has been fully updated by Rachel Crolla and Carl McKeating.

A Sample Route from Scrambles in Snowdonia, Steve Ashton’s classic guidebook that has been fully updated by Rachel Crolla and Carl McKeating.

An Intro to, Europe, International Treks

An Intro to… The GR5 Trail from the Hook of Holland to Nice

16 Aug , 2017  

An intro to the GR5 Trail

What do I need to know about the GR5 trail? Here’s a quick overview of this epic long-distance route from the Hook of Holland to Nice.

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

Farewell to Police Square: forty years of history

12 Aug , 2017   Gallery

Cicerone Press has said farewell to 2 Police Square, home for around forty years, and moved to new offices in Kendal. Lesley recalls some standout memories.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK Mountains

Sian does Cadair Idris the ‘easy’ way courtesy of Large Outdoors

9 Aug , 2017  

Cicerone’s Sian does a mountain day on Cadair Idris the ‘easy’ way courtesy of author Alex Kendall (Snowdonia Way) and Large Outdoors.

About an area, International Treks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

What’s the Alta Via? Why are they numbered? Why are there two AV1 routes in Italy? I’m confused…

5 Aug , 2017  

There are Alta Via trekking routes in two areas of the Italian Alps: the Dolomites and the Aosta Valley (Gran Paradiso/Mont Blanc). Here’s the difference.

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

New Europaweg bridge – A Bridge too far?

2 Aug , 2017  

New Europaweg bridge - http://www.1815.ch/news/wallis/aktuell/europabruecke-wird-eroeffnet/

Kev Reynolds shares the news from the Alps that the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has just opened on the Europaweg.

Europe, International Treks, Trail Running

Fastpacking the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites

29 Jul , 2017  

Tips and ideas for multi-day trail running on the Alta Via 2 route in the Alps. The Dolomites make a great place for a running holiday, staying in huts.

International Walks

Aconcagua Revisited – what’s changed in the last 17 years?

26 Jul , 2017  

Aconcagua Revisited - what's changed in the last 17 years?

Jim Ryan has been climbing Aconcagua and the high Andes for 17 years. Here he relates some of the changes, from conditions to costs, regulations and routes.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK, UK Walks

Top ten outdoor mini-adventures with children in the summer holidays

22 Jul , 2017  

Top ten outdoor mini-adventures with children in the summer holidays

With the summer holidays almost here, outdoor writer and mother-of-two Rachel Crolla gives her top picks for free outdoor activities to entertain the kids.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

A brief history of the Tour de France

21 Jul , 2017  

The Tour de France is an annual cycling spectacle. But how did it start? Why does the leader wear a yellow jersey? Here is a brief history of the race.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK

What is a gravel bike? Chiz Dakin explains

19 Jul , 2017  

What is a gravel bike? Linen Dale, near Eyam from Cycling in the Peak District by Chiz Dakin

Chiz Dakin has been enjoying riding a gravel bike for the new edition of Cycling in the Peak District. Here she explains exactly what a gravel bike is.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK Mountains

The Bothy Code – how to respect our bothies

15 Jul , 2017  

the bothy code

There are many bothies in Scotland and a night spent in one can be a magical experience – as long as you follow the Bothy Code.

About an area, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Mountain Adventures, UK, UK Long Distance, UK Mountains, UK Walks

Things to do in Scotland this Summer

13 Jul , 2017  

Scotland is a veritable paradise for outdoor enthusiasts – there’s so much to do here so why not try something new? Here’s a little overview of the options.

About an area, UK Long Distance

Walking in Suffolk – three easy week long trails

12 Jul , 2017  

Suffolk Coast and Heath Walks

Suffolk is the ideal place for a quick and easy long-distance walking holiday on the Suffolk Coast Path, the Stour and Orwell Walk, or the Sandlings Walk.

Europe, International Treks

The Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park.

8 Jul , 2017  

The Tour of the Vanoise

Jonathan reports back from a quick trip to walk the Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park, south of Mont Blanc.

About an area, Europe, International Treks, International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?

5 Jul , 2017  

Early Snow

Kev Reynolds, author, speaker and expert on all thing mountainous, answers the often asked question: “How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?”.

An Intro to, UK Long Distance

An Intro to… The North Downs Way

1 Jul , 2017  

North downs way

Would you like to try an easy long-distance walk that showcases the best of the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs? The North Downs Way may be for you.

About an area, Europe, International Walks

Eating your way along the Amalfi Coast

28 Jun , 2017  

Water safety, Walking the Amalfi Coast with a Cicerone guidebook

There’s a lot of good food along the Amalfi Coast. Gillian Price is no fool – her guides are always for places with food as outstanding as the scenery.

About an area, Europe, International Treks, International Walks

Lanzarote – there’s something for everyone here

24 Jun , 2017  

Lanzarote really does have something for everyone – there are amazing walks, from easy strolls suitable for children to long-distance treks. Incredible volcanic vistas and, of course, a fair few beautiful beaches. Here are a few suggestions.

About an area, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

5 great days out along the Canal du Midi cycle route

21 Jun , 2017  

Cycling the Canal du Midi makes for a wonderful and not too difficult tour from Toulouse to Sète in France. Here are 5 great days out along the way.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

An Intro to… The South Downs Way

17 Jun , 2017  

An intro to the South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is an excellent choice for a quick and easy long-distance walk within a short drive from Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton or London. Here is a quick introduction to the national trail.

About an area, International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Wildlife spotting in the Haute Savoie

14 Jun , 2017  

As well as enjoying the immense beauty of the walker’s paradise that is the Haute Savoie, you have an excellent chance of spotting wildlife.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

Cicerone founder Walt Unsworth – funeral details

12 Jun , 2017  

Cicerone Press founder and writer Walt Unsworth

Following the sad news of Walt’s death last week, his family would like to announce that the funeral will take place at: 11:30am on Monday 19 June at St Thomas’ Church, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7QJ Walt had an incredible life as a writer, publisher and climber. The Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild has written a […]

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

How to avoid the city on a city break

10 Jun , 2017  

The Oslofjord by boat

Cicerone’s Sian Jenkins books a city break and then meticulously avoids the city. She’s a real country girl now! Here she shares some tips of how to find green spaces within a city.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Cicerone founder Walt Unsworth dies

8 Jun , 2017  

Cicerone Press founder and writer Walt Unsworth

We are sad to announce that Cicerone founder Walt Unsworth died on Tuesday night after a short illness. He was 89.

About an area, UK Long Distance

The Offa’s Dyke Path – A Walk through History

7 Jun , 2017  

Sherpa Expeditions introduce one of their favourite walking trips – the historically fascinating Offa’s Dyke Path running along the England / Wales border.

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

Bad knees? Maybe you should use walking poles

3 Jun , 2017  

Jonathan and Lesley posing with their walking poles on the Alpine Pass Route

Using walking poles, or even a single pole, will reduce knee pain and increase hill climbing power and endurance. Joe even uses them for ultrarunning – here’s the lowdown.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Video

Cycle touring in north west Scotland – how to have a birthday micro-adventure

31 May , 2017  

A micro-adventure cycle touring around Scotland was Joe’s plan for the bank holiday weekend. He explored Torridon, ate local seafood and got a sore bum.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

Walking on the Isle of Wight: A Sample Route

27 May , 2017  

Here’s a sample route from the new Cicerone guidebook to Walking on the Isle of Wight, written by Paul Curtis. This 2 1/2 hour walk is 6.6 miles long and is graded easy to moderate.

About an area, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

The history of the Cathars along the Canal du Midi

24 May , 2017  

In this extract from his guidebook, Declan Lyons gives a little background to the Cathars – signs of whom still exist along the Canal du Midi cycle route.