News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling

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.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Techniques

Staying Safe Outdoors – hot weather problems

1 Sep , 2017  

Heat exhaustion while trekking at low altitude in the monsoon in the Himalayas

This guide to staying safe in hot weather will help you recognise and treat common problems when walking, cycling or trekking.

Mountain Adventures, UK Mountains

Scrambles in Snowdonia – Interview with Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla

30 Aug , 2017  

Hill Explorer recently interviewed Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla about their experience updating Steve Ashton’s classic guidebook Scrambles in Snowdonia.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Mountain Adventures, UK Mountains

From Marriage Proposals to Heimlich Manoeuvres – Stories behind the Pictures in Scrambles in Snowdonia

26 Aug , 2017  

Stories behind the Pictures in Scrambles in Snowdonia

Carl and Rachel have updated the classic guidebook Scrambles in Snowdonia. Carl reflects on some memorable experiences with the people in the photographs.

Sample Route, UK Mountains

Scrambles in the Dark Peak – an improved route up Chrome Hill via the S.W. Ridge

23 Aug , 2017  

Tom Corker, author of Scrambles in the Dark Peak, and his good friend Trevor Clarke find an improved route up Chrome Hill via the S.W. Ridge.

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.