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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.

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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, 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dark Peak Walks Book Launch… And two cakes!

23 Mar , 2017  

Paul Besley, author of the Dark Peak walks guidebook, enjoyed his book launch. Although we suspect it was just a good opportunity for a walk and cake!

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Paddy is exploring the Azores: a walkers’ paradise

11 Mar , 2017  

The azores are perfect for walking

Paddy Dillon is exploring the Azores which, it turns out, are a walkers’ paradise. Paddy has even managed to find enough wifi to send this blog post in!

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An intro to… The Snowdonia Way: a new route through Wales

24 Feb , 2017  

Walk the Snowdonia Way with a Cicerone guidebook

Have you heard of the Snowdonia Way? It’s a brand new walking route designed by Alex Kendall to showcase the best of Snowdonia. Here’s a quick intro to your next favourite walk in Wales.

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Paddy Dillon’s Cicerone guides popular in libraries

31 Jan , 2017  

Paddy Dillon is one of Cicerone’s most prolific authors but we didn’t realise how popular Paddy’s books were with library users!

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Paddy Dillon’s Dales Way Christmas

11 Jan , 2017  

Paddy walks the Dales Way for a Christmas Dinner

Paddy, one of Cicerone’s most prolific authors, lives in Cumbria and was invited to a Christmas dinner at the foot of Ilkley Moor. He decided that walking to Ilkley along the Dales Way would be a great way to work up an appetite. Faced with a lousy weather forecast he packed his waterproofs and set off.

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Hiking the Tour of the Jungfrau Region: A Trip Report

16 Dec , 2016  

Regular guest bloggers Carol and Jim Watson have been hiking the Tour of the Jungfrau Region and share this trip report with you.

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Trekking the GR1, the Sendero Historico: A Trip Report

7 Dec , 2016  

Tarjei, a keen trekker from Norway, recently finished the whole of the GR1 (the Sendero Historico) with the aid of John Hayes’ guidebook. Here he shares his trip report and some marvellous photographs.

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Why I was inspired to write a guidebook to the Traumpfad

30 Nov , 2016  

Trekking the Traumpfad with a Cicerone guidebook

The Munich to Venice trek, or Traumpfad, stole John Hayes’ heart. Let him explain why he was so keen to write about it in a new Cicerone guidebook.