News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

How things have changed at Cicerone, and in the world

16 Dec , 2017   Gallery

Lesley Williams looks back over the history of Cicerone (nearly 50 years!) and how things have changed, not only here, but in the world.

Sample Route

Walking In the Lune Valley and the Howgills: A Sample Route

13 Dec , 2017  

A sample route from Walking In the Lune Valley and the Howgills by Dennis and Jan Kelsall. Enjoy this walk up Randygill Top in Ravenstonedale.

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

How well do you know your mountains? Try our Christmas Quiz and win a signed book

9 Dec , 2017   Gallery

Christmas Mountains Quiz

Natalie has created a Christmas Quiz – simply say what you see! The pictures contain clues to mountains – some easy and some, quite frankly, fiendish.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Video

How do we make a guidebook?

6 Dec , 2017  

How do Cicerone Press make a guidebook?

One of the things we get asked a lot is “How do you make a guidebook” so we made a little video to briefly explain the process. We hope you enjoy it!

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Tell Us Your Story, UK Mountains, UK Walks

Falling in love with Arran – the so called Scotland in Miniature

2 Dec , 2017  

Walk 2 menhir on Machrie Moor

Natalie explains how she fell in love with Arran – the so called Scotland in Miniature – when walking there with some friends.

International Treks, International Walks, Tell Us Your Story

Zermatt to Chamonix – doing a classic trek the “wrong” way

29 Nov , 2017  

Lac de Moiry

Annalisa Mejetta tells the tale of doing the Walker’s Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt the “wrong” way round, with the Cicerone guidebook of course.

An Intro to, UK Walks

An intro to… The Lune Valley and Howgills

25 Nov , 2017  

Walking in the Lune Valley and the Howgills

Would you like to go walking in the Lune Valley and Howgills? Dennis and Jan Kelsall, authors of the Cicerone guidebook, share the essentials.

About an area, Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Europe, International Walks

An Autumn Walk in Extremadura – from Monesterio to the monastery

22 Nov , 2017  

Gisela takes her walking group to visit the monastery that sits on the highest point of Badajoz Province, walk 30 from her guidebook to Extremadura.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Tell Us Your Story, UK Long Distance

Bikepacking the Moray Coast Trail

18 Nov , 2017  

Bikepacking on the Moray Coast Trail 57

Jim Sutherland describes his bikepacking trip along the Moray Coast Trail in Scotland – plenty of hills, laughs and some good food.

About an area, Europe, International Treks, International Walks

How tough is the walking and trekking in the Sierra Nevada?

15 Nov , 2017  

Walking and trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Richard Hartley explains the grading system for the walks, treks and scrambles in his guide to the Sierra Nevada, home to some of Europe’s highest peaks.

About an area, Europe, Tell Us Your Story

Errant keepers. Men and wolves in comparison

11 Nov , 2017   Gallery

In the rugged mountainous Apennines of central Italy on the border between the regions of Lazio and Abruzzo, wolves are a part of life, as Matteo explores.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Tell Us Your Story, UK Long Distance

How NOT to walk the Cumbria Way

8 Nov , 2017  

Heather-clad slopes near Skiddaw House on the Cumbria Way

Natalie Simpson reflects on her first long-distance experience – a failed attempt on the Cumbria Way – and the lessons she has since learned. 

An Intro to, International Treks

An intro to… the Peaks of the Balkans Trail

4 Nov , 2017  

Have you heard of the Peaks of the Balkans Trail? Here is a quick introduction to this new and exciting long-distance route.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, International Walks, Tell Us Your Story

Siân gets very Cumbrian weather for her Slovenia walking holiday

1 Nov , 2017   Gallery

Bled’s famous island church

According to my boss, ‘Slovenia’s a very pointy country’. Having booked my first group walking holiday after a lot of worrying about fitness, getting left behind or getting stuck half way up a mountain, this information was less than helpful.

Sample Route

Walking in Cyprus: A sample route

28 Oct , 2017  

There’s far more to Cyprus than the resorts: the climate, scenery and miles of footpaths and nature trails make it an ideal destination for walkers.

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

What is a GR route?

25 Oct , 2017  

Walking the GR5

The GR routes are a network of long distance walking routes in France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. But there’s more to them than just that.

About an area, An Intro to

An Intro to… Extremadura

21 Oct , 2017  

The Mirador and the view to the south. From Walking the Sierras of Extremadura.

Lying west of Madrid and east of the Portuguese border, Extremadura is an unspoiled gem waiting to be discovered by walkers wanting nature and peace.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Tell Us Your Story

Stories from a Slowcoach Triathlete

18 Oct , 2017   Gallery

Stoke-on-Trent Triathlon 2017

I usually prefer to be behind the scenes but I thought some people might like to hear about someone at the other end of the outdoor adventure spectrum.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Why navigation skills should not be ignored and everyone should learn how to read a map

14 Oct , 2017  

The view north on the way up Kirk Fell

There are many advantages of being able to read a map: even fairly basic skills can prove useful on a walk. Natalie Simpson explains some navigation basics.

About an area, Sample Route, UK

Walking in London: A Sample Route

11 Oct , 2017   Gallery

Three Mills, walking in London

Peter Aylmer shares his favourite route from his new guidebook to Walking in London: “My favourite walk is Walk 6, River Lea.”

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

How much preparation do I need for polar exploration?

7 Oct , 2017   Gallery

Polar exploration was once reserved for a few hardy explorers who were not confident of even returning from their trips alive. Now can anyone go?

About an area, Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK Mountains, UK Walks

Explore these quieter Lake District alternatives

4 Oct , 2017   Gallery

Rosebay willowherb flowers at Ennerdale, Explore these quieter Lake District alternatives

Cicerone’s Natalie suggests some of her favourite hot spots of the Lake District – guaranteed to be as beautiful but less busy than the main trails. 

When I want to escape the crowds, I usually head to the perimeter of the Lake District.

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

Kev Reynolds at ‘A Day of Books’ event

30 Sep , 2017  

Kev Reynolds

Cicerone author, Kev Reynolds will be closing the ‘Day of Books’ at All Saints’Church, Sutton Courtenay* (burial place of George Orwell) on Saturday 14 October, with his lecture A Walk in the Clouds.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Trail Running, UK Mountains

Running the Glencoe Skyline: one of the most technically difficult ultramarathons in the world

27 Sep , 2017   Gallery

Joe Williams running to finish the Glencoe Skyline race

Last weekend Cicerone’s Joe Williams ran the Glencoe Skyline race in Scotland, a race regarded as one of the most difficult ultramarathons in the world.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Worldwide

How tough should I be for trekking in the Himalaya?

20 Sep , 2017  

Dudh Koshi Valley - view from the traverse between Namche Bazaar and Kyangjuma. The top of Mount Everest visible behind the Nuptse-Lhotse Ridge. Ama Dablam is on the right. Sagarmatha National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everest Region, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

Walking is just a case of putting one foot in front of the other, as Kev Reynolds says – and mountain trekking is largely a matter of walking. No special skills or equipment are needed, no particular capabilities required: anyone who can walk can trek. On the other hand, Himalayan trekking is not walking in the park on a Sunday afternoon. Radek Kucharski considers the fitness and preparation required for trekking in the Himalaya.

Tell Us Your Story, UK, UK Walks

My first visit to the Lake District: Humbled by Catbells

16 Sep , 2017  

Tom Martens recounts his first experience of the Lake District in all its summer glory – luckily they had brought waterproofs.

About an area, International Treks

An unusual family in the Apennines

13 Sep , 2017  

Gillian Price writes about staying with an unusual family whilst trekking the Grande Escursione Appenninica in the Apennines, Italy.

Gillian Price writes about staying with an unusual family whilst trekking the Grande Escursione Appenninica in the Apennines, Italy.

Europe, International Walks, Tell Us Your Story

Hiking in the Volcanic Beauty of the Auvergne

9 Sep , 2017   Gallery

Walking in the Auvergne - Lake Guery and Roche Tuiliére from Puy Gros

Guest blogger Mick Borroff recounts a trip walking in the Auvergne – fantastic views, butterflies and cheese made Mick really enjoy his time in this part of France.

Sample Route, UK Walks

A Sample Route from Walking in Kent – the White Cliffs of Dover

6 Sep , 2017  

The White Cliffs of Dover, Walking in Kent

Here is a sample route from Kev Reynolds’ guidebook to Walking in Kent. This walk takes in the White Cliffs of Dover, the magnificent Dover Castle, and plenty of big skies.

UK Walks

The Snowdon Horseshoe – a classic route

2 Sep , 2017  

The Snowdon Horseshoe, with Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain, Snowdon and Bwlch y Saethau

Alex Kendall, creator and author of the Snowdonia Way, takes some time out to tackle the Snowdon Horseshoe.