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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.

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Trekking in Nepal: Dolpo – A Land Behind The Clouds

9 Nov , 2016  

Trekking in nepal - dolpo

Guest blogger Mick postponed his trip to go trekking in Nepal after the terrible earthquakes of last year. However, Nepal is now back open for business.

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Cicerone author Kev Reynolds celebrates success

26 Oct , 2016  

Cicerone author Kev Reynolds is celebrating with two notable achievements including Abode of the Gods being Highly Commended at the OWPG Awards.

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The history of the Jordan Trail

28 Sep , 2016  

Jordan trail

Tony Howard tells us about the fascinating history of the Jordan Trail from the first inklings of an idea to the trail becoming official.

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Jonathan takes a birthday trip in a microlight

19 Aug , 2016  

Jonathan swaps his publishing hat for a flying helmet as he enjoys a birthday surprise flight in a microlight.

If you ever get offered a trip in a microlight, it’s a “must do”…..

Jonathan swaps his publishing hat for a flying helmet as he enjoys a birthday surprise flight in a microlight.

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Coast to Coast Walking in Andalucia

4 Jul , 2016  

Jonathan and Lesley go walking in Andalucia with Guy Hunter-Watts, author of several guidebooks to the area.

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A midsummer night’s Fellranger walk

24 Jun , 2016  

Sian and Natalie from the Cicerone office decided to make use of the longest day’s additional light by doing a midsummer night Fellranger walk. And then Sian even went for a swim – we’ve got a brave Head of Production!

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Success on Charlie Ramsay’s Round this weekend

20 Jun , 2016  

Ramsay's Round Joe Williams

Cicerone’s Joe Williams has just got back to the office after completing the running challenge of Charlie Ramsay’s Round in Scotland this weekend.

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GPX routes now available

20 Jun , 2016  

Did you know that Cicerone now provide GPX routes for many of our walking, trekking and cycling guidebooks? It is by no means all of the range but there are now quite a few. We hope you find this feature helpful.

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Ten years left to ‘Find our Way’, and register unrecorded footpaths

14 Jun , 2016  

Howgills

In 2026 any footpaths not recorded on official mapping could be lost forever. Cicerone and the Open Spaces Society need your help to ensure they remain in use. The Open Spaces Society has launched its Find Our Way fund, to support its work against the clock to save our historic public-paths.

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Damian Hall breaks South West Coast Path record

31 May , 2016  

Damian Hall on the South West Coast Path trail running record

The speed record for running the South West Coast Path was recently broken by Cicerone author Damian Hall, setting a new time of 10 days 15 hours and 18 minutes. We were so excited about this at Cicerone that we had to catch up with him to find out more about the adventure.

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Madeira: not for the faint of heart

27 May , 2016  

Guy Hunter-Watts, author of Cicerone’s Walking in Andalucía, goes walkabout on Madeira and discovers an island that isn’t for the faint of heart.

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Ramsay’s Round Training: The Long Run

25 May , 2016  

Wasdale, Wast Water and Scafell Pike

In this blog post, Cicerone’s Joe Williams shares some of his Ramsay’s Round training. Joe will attempt Charlie Ramsay’s Round as part of his preparation for the UTMB later in the summer. At 90km (56 miles) and 8500m of ascent, it’s Scotland’s answer to the Lake District’s Bob Graham Round which, incidentally, he has blogged about too.

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Ramsay Round Training: Scrambling and Running in the Lake District

17 May , 2016  

Seathwaite Tarn Lake District

Cicerone’s Joe Williams discusses Charlie Ramsay’s Round, a long distance mountain running challenge in Scotland, and one of his recent training runs. Charlie Ramsay’s Round As part of my buildup to running the UTMB race in August I will be doing the classic Scottish mountain running challenge of Charlie Ramsay’s Round in mid June. Aside from being a […]

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2016 London Marathon Report

25 Apr , 2016  

London Marathon Big Ben finish

On the 24th April, Cicerone’s Joe Williams ran the London Marathon as part of his preparations for UTMB in August. He’s back in the office today, hobbling around, eager to recount his story.