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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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?”.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About an area, Europe, International Walks

Where are the High Tatras – the ideal location for a mountain holiday?

8 Mar , 2017  

Walking in the High Tatras - a Cicerone guidebook

The area of the High Tatras is described as “an ideal location for a mountain holiday, and especially for the adventurous walker”. But where are they?

About an area, UK, UK Long Distance, UK Walks

The 5 most beautiful places on Guernsey

3 Feb , 2017  

Guernsey is a wonderful destination for walkers, as Paddy Dillon and many others know well. In this blog post Sherpa Expeditions choose the 5 most beautiful places on Guernsey.