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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Tale of Six Guidebooks

9 Mar , 2016   Gallery

In a guest blog post, Mick Borroff tells us a tale of six guidebooks – how the weather led to some changes of plan, but it all worked out beautifully.

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Snow over Langdale, in the heart of the Lake District

18 Feb , 2016  

Langdale Stickle Tarn

At its best, the Lake District in winter can reveal the most stunningly beautiful landscapes. The day was forecasted clear, so the plan – optimistically maybe given the usual changeable conditions – was to find some of the best views we could… Pavey Arc was bare and bright, snow dotting the cliffs, with the white mounds of higher summits beckoning us on.

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A quick chat with Paddy Dillon

5 Feb , 2016  

Walking on Arran by Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is one of Cicerone’s most prolific authors and has written over 70 walking and trekking guidebooks. We pin him down to ask a few questions of this ‘indefatigable long-distance walker’.

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Bulgaria – A relatively unexplored corner of Europe

16 Oct , 2015  

Bulgaria – A relatively unexplored corner of Europe

What’s on the checklist for your next trip? Unspoiled mountains; good paths and guidebook; day walks and multi-day treks? Bulgaria offers all this and more…

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Another Cicerone Ultra trail success

27 Aug , 2015  

TDS Ultra trail Chamonix

Another Ultra Trail success story for Cicerone. Joe Williams completes the TDS Courmayeur to Chamonix Ultra Trail. Placed 158 out of 1600 runners. Here’s how it unfolded.

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Another Coast to Coast Walk

31 Jul , 2015  

Another Coast to Coast Walk, submitted by Jim and Carol Watson. Or How Two People Created Their Own Path, with the help of Paddy Dillon and Cicerone.

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Cicerone Bob Graham Round Successes

8 Jul , 2015  

Joe running the Bob Graham Round

Four fell runners closely associated with Cicerone Press have completed the Bob Graham Round in Cumbria’s Lake District. Are there more of you out there?

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Paddy Dillon meets a reader

21 Apr , 2015  

Paddy Dillon stops to chat to James, a keen Cicerone guidebook user

Paddy Dillon, author of many Cicerone walking and trekking guidebooks, seems to be walking and either researching new guides or updating old ones every day. But it’s not often he has chance to chat to guidebook users such as James.

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Walking on Lanzarote with a Cicerone guidebook

24 Feb , 2015  

In this blog post, two regular Cicerone fans go walking on Lanzarote with the aid of a Cicerone guidebook. They took the latest edition of Paddy Dillon’s guide “Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura”.

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Tour of Mont Blanc and Peru – amazing experiences and excellent books

12 Feb , 2015  

Cicerone have just received this delightful email from happy customers who walked the Tour of Mont Blanc and hiked in Peru’s Sacred Valley using our guidebooks. The conclude “who knows what adventures are about to start, but certainly, whenever possible, Cicerone will be with us.’

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The pleasures of autumn walking in Provence

14 Jan , 2015  

Armed with both new volumes of Walking in Provence, courtesy of Cicerone’s “new guides for old” discount scheme and a clutch of IGN maps, we visited the small market town of Buis-les-Baronnies tucked away in the Ouvèze vally for a great week’s walking in Drôme Provençale, and have returned numerous times…

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Trekking in Manaslu

24 Jul , 2014  

For those who love the mountains, the Himalayas are one of those necessary pilgrimage destinations. On its slopes live ancient people of great hospitality and generosity; on their summits the alpinists feats are saved in search for eternity.

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Tell us your story – Walking on Gran Canaria

17 Mar , 2014  

walking on gran canaria

We woke up to a warm and sunny Christmas day. We were on Gran Canaria and spent every day of our holiday exploring this island on foot. Our plan for Christmas day was to walk up to the highest point in Gran Canaria, to Pico de las Nieves.

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Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley

15 Jan , 2014  

Reader Richard Evans enjoys the walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley and has written to Cicerone to tell us about it. Thanks Richard!

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So, which trek to do next?

6 Jan , 2014  

Karen from Billings, Montana emailed to ask for suggestions for which alpine trek she should tackle next after her Chamonix-Zermatt and Alta Via 2 treks. Cicerone publisher Jonathan Williams runs through the main options in Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia.

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Tell us your story – Walking the Italian Lakes

17 Dec , 2013  

Walking the italian lakes

On our second day we planned to submit Monte Grona. It rained the night before and dark clouds were sitting low on the mountain tops as we drove towards Breglia and as we got higher, thick fog gave us an unfriendly greeting. We were determined and hoped that the fog and clouds would lift up later on the day.