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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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An intro to… the Loire Cycle Route

22 Apr , 2017  

An Intro to the Loire Cycle Route - a Cicerone guidebook to the Loire Cycle Route is now available

Have you ever wanted to do the Loire Cycle Route? Here is a very quick introduction to this delightful cycle tour through France.

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Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Slovenia

18 Apr , 2017  

Slovenia is great for mountain biking, walking and trekking

Rob Houghton has put together a brilliant Cicerone Extra article with some Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Slovenia. Here is an overview video.

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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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Jon Sparks on the Correct Riding Position

19 Mar , 2017  

A vital and yet frequently neglected issue for cyclists is your riding position. Jon Sparks, author of The Lancashire Cycleway, has some advice.

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A quick guide to Slovenian, for mountain bikers

18 Mar , 2017  

Slovenia is great for mountain biking, walking and trekking

If you’re heading off walking, trekking or biking in Slovenia, why not learn a few phrases – even just please and thank you – to endear you to the locals?

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Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast – and some of our memories

15 Mar , 2017  

Tony Robinson will be walking the Coast to Coast in a new show on Channel 5, premiering this Friday 17th March, 8pm. To celebrate, we thought we would collect some of our favourite Coast to Coast articles from the past few years.

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An intro to… The Westweg in Germany’s Black Forest

2 Nov , 2016  

Trekking the Westweg or Westway through Germany's Black Forest with a Cicerone guidebook

The Westweg is one of Germany’s oldest long distance treks, created in a bid to entice walkers to Germany. Here is an intro to this ideal first time trek.

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An Intro to…the River Rhone Cycle Route

21 Oct , 2016  

Everything you need to know about the River Rhone Cycle Route, because everyone should do at least one European cycle touring adventure.

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The highlights of the Cycle Show at the NEC

8 Oct , 2016   Gallery

Last week we were at the Cycle Show and we thought we’d share our highlights of the show with you. Danny MacAskill was a highlight. So was the pizza.

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Cycling in Northumberland – the coast and castles tour

1 Oct , 2016  

Jonathan and Lesley Williams take a few days off and do some cycling in Northumberland – into the wind.

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Mountain biking in Scotland – a soggy adventure

26 Sep , 2016  

Mountain biking in Scotland with a Cicerone guidebook

Jim Sutherland, author of Walking in Torridon, and his friend Dunc go on an adventure with Sean Benz’s new guidebook to Mountain Biking in Scotland.

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Things to do on Islay and Jura in the rain

9 Aug , 2016  

Islay and Jura walking guidebook

Cicerone’s Caroline has a holiday on Islay and Jura and enjoyed some mountain biking, walking (and whisky tasting) in the typical Scottish weather.

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Eight epic mountain biking viewpoints

15 Jul , 2016  

Mountain biking is a great activity for getting to see loads of incredible places quickly. Here are eight epic viewpoints from Mountain Biking in West and North West Scotland. If you haven’t got a biking trip planned then we apologise now.

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Top tips for mountain biking safety

13 Jul , 2016  

Most of the time, mountain biking is a perfectly safe activity and far safer than cycling on roads. However, rutted, slippery and loose surfaces are frequently encountered and if you take a tumble at speed, you risk causing yourself considerable damage. Expert Peter Edwards gives us some top tips for mountain biking safety.

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Three reasons to explore the South Downs National Park

20 Jun , 2016  

South downs

The South Downs are England’s newest national park and well worth a visit. The iconic landscape between Eastbourne in East Sussex and Winchester in Hampshire is ideal for walking, trekking and biking (hence the three relevant Cicerone guidebooks). But there are are more than these three reasons to explore the South Downs.

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An intro to… The LEJOG

19 May , 2016  

Cycling or walking lejog

A very quick introduction to the End to End, otherwise known as the LEJOG or JOGLE, depending on which way you go. Whatever you choose to call it, it is an excellent way to explore some of the best bits of Britain. Where is it and how far is it? The route covers the length of […]

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Top Ten Cafes for Cyclists in the North West

16 May , 2016  

We’re celebrating National cycling month with the top ten cafes for cyclists, put together by the team at Formby Cycles.

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US Presidents (and presidential hopefuls) in Cumbria

22 Mar , 2016  

With the current US presidential primary elections set to drag on for a few months yet, Richard Barrett looks back at the connections between past US presidents and Cumbria.

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The Danube by numbers

26 Feb , 2016  

The Danube Cycleway by Mike Wells

The Danube is a remarkably long river and following it from source to the sea makes for a largely easy cycle ride on, usually, very well maintained and signed paths. The history of the areas passed through are fascinating and diverse. Here, we take a quick look at the Danube by numbers and what you might expect if you followed the Danube Cycleway.

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The Rhine Cycle Route: from source to sea

27 Apr , 2015  

The Rhine Cycle Route by Cicerone Press

The Rhine Cycle Route, passing through six countries, is a delightful journey and one that continues to inspire Mike Wells, author of the Cicerone Press guidebook. In this blog post, Mike Wells explains a little about the route and the river itself.

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What is the best bike for cycle touring?

23 Apr , 2015  

What is the best bike for cycle touring - cicerone press blog post

Cycle touring is a brilliant activity for people of all ages and most levels of fitness. In this blog post, Cicerone Press author Richard Barrett explains what, in his opinion, is the best bike for cycle touring.

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What is a sportive?

10 Apr , 2015  

Cicerone Press has a new guidebook to 20 Classic Sportive Rides in the South East of England with a South West guide out in May. But what is a sportive? And I like biking – could I do one? Author Colin Dennis explains all.

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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”.