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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.

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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.

An Intro to, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The Hebridean Way, a new route through the Hebrides

20 May , 2017  

Would you like to walk the Hebridean Way? Richard Barrett, author of the guidebook, shares the essentials of this brand new Scottish route.

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

Gear review: Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody

17 May , 2017  

Marmot Ether Driclime Hoody review

Cicerone’s Joe Williams reviews the Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody, a jacket that isn’t well known to many UK walkers, climbers and runners.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK Mountains

Alex Staniforth’s challenge to climb UK County Tops

13 May , 2017  

Young adventurer Alex Staniforth has set himself a bold new challenge to climb the UK County Tops to raise money for charity.

Trail Running, UK, Video

Kingsley goes trail and fell running in the Lake District

10 May , 2017  

Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District

Kingsley has been out and about trail and fell running in the Lake District, as he does. Here is a little video from one of his days out.

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

Trekking in Mallorca: The GR221 or the Drystone Route

6 May , 2017  

Go Trekking in Mallorca with Cicerone guidebooks

Paddy Dillon has been walking and trekking in Mallorca, all in the name of ‘work’. Here he shares a few highlights of his trip so far.

Europe, International Treks

The new and improved Alpine Pass Route or Swiss Via Alpina 1

3 May , 2017  

Trek the Alpine pass route with a guidebook from Cicerone Press

Lesley Williams waxes lyrical about the Alpine Pass Route or Swiss Via Alpina 1 (VA1) – a hiking trail of over 350km across Switzerland.

About an area, International Walks, Worldwide

Where is the Drakensberg? The World Heritage Site you’ve never heard of

26 Apr , 2017  

Go walking in the Drakensberg with a Cicerone guidebook

Somewhere is a land of spectacular natural beauty; a mountain range of huge peaks and crystal-clear streams. But almost nobody has heard of the Drakensberg.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Trail Running

Shoes for fell running, trail running and road running – Do I have too many running shoes?

25 Apr , 2017  

Road, fell, trail, mountain running shoes

What’s the best kind of shoe for fell running, trail running or road running? Joe explains different kinds of running shoes and makes his recommendations.

An Intro to, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

An intro to… the Loire Cycle Route

22 Apr , 2017  

An Intro to the Loire Cycle Route - a Cicerone guidebook to the Loire Cycle Route is now available

Have you ever wanted to do the Loire Cycle Route? Here is a very quick introduction to this delightful cycle tour through France.

About an area, International Walks, Tell Us Your Story

Spring Sunshine Walking in Nerja and Southern Spain

19 Apr , 2017  

Walking in Nerja - Mick Borroff

Guest blogger Mick Borroff has been exploring Southern Spain, in particular Nerja and the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama – here are some of his highlights.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Video

Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Slovenia

18 Apr , 2017  

Slovenia is great for mountain biking, walking and trekking

Rob Houghton has put together a brilliant Cicerone Extra article with some Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Slovenia. Here is an overview video.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Tell Us Your Story

Memoirs of a wartime cycle tour in the Lake District

15 Apr , 2017  

Air raids, black-outs, a puncture and a false start: Natalie’s grandfather’s memoirs recount a wartime cycle tour through the Lake District.

A Spotlight On

A Spotlight On: Large Outdoors

12 Apr , 2017  

Alex Kendall, author of our guidebook to the Snowdonia Way, introduces Large Outdoors – a walking holiday company with a difference.

Sample Route, Trail Running

Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District: A sample route

8 Apr , 2017  

Here’s a sample route from the new Cicerone guidebook to Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District, written by Kingsley Jones. This level 2 run is 6 miles long with an expected duration of 1hr 45mins.

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

The benefits of car free walking and some top tips

7 Apr , 2017  

We have a guest blog on car free walking, outlining some of the benefits of using public transport to go walking, along with a few helpful top tips.

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

Gillian Price has a heartwarming tale from Umbria, Italy

4 Apr , 2017  

Gillian Price, author of several Cicerone Press guidebooks, had to let us know about a wonderful initiative in Cascia – a town in Umbria that was badly damaged in the 2016 earthquakes.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

Cicerone is rebranding – April Fools’ Day 2017

1 Apr , 2017  

How to say Cicerone

Cicerone have been publishing books for nearly 50 years yet almost nobody can pronounce our name the way we say it.

UK Long Distance

Pubs along the Cumbria Way: it’d be rude not to

30 Mar , 2017  

Whilst walking the Cumbria Way a break at one of the many pubs is a given. In this article, Sherpa Expeditions list some of their best boozers.

About an area, UK Long Distance, UK Walks

The future of our moorlands – hard work and peat bogs

25 Mar , 2017  

Anyone who has old memories of tramping through thick black bog on Black Hill, a summit on the Pennine Way in the Peak District, will appreciate the work that has been put in to regenerate these moorlands.