News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling
Lesley Williams looks back over the history of Cicerone (nearly 50 years!) and how things have changed, not only here, but in the world.
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.
Natalie has created a Christmas Quiz – simply say what you see! The pictures contain clues to mountains – some easy and some, quite frankly, fiendish.
Natalie explains how she fell in love with Arran – the so called Scotland in Miniature – when walking there with some friends.
Annalisa Mejetta tells the tale of doing the Walker’s Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt the “wrong” way round, with the Cicerone guidebook of course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Martens recounts his first experience of the Lake District in all its summer glory – luckily they had brought waterproofs.
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.