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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.

An Intro to, Europe, International Treks

An Intro to… The GR5 Trail from the Hook of Holland to Nice

16 Aug , 2017  

An intro to the GR5 Trail

What do I need to know about the GR5 trail? Here’s a quick overview of this epic long-distance route from the Hook of Holland to Nice.

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New Europaweg bridge – A Bridge too far?

2 Aug , 2017  

New Europaweg bridge - http://www.1815.ch/news/wallis/aktuell/europabruecke-wird-eroeffnet/

Kev Reynolds shares the news from the Alps that the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has just opened on the Europaweg.

Europe, International Treks, Trail Running

Fastpacking the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites

29 Jul , 2017  

Tips and ideas for multi-day trail running on the Alta Via 2 route in the Alps. The Dolomites make a great place for a running holiday, staying in huts.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

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.

Europe, International Treks

The Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park.

8 Jul , 2017  

The Tour of the Vanoise

Jonathan reports back from a quick trip to walk the Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park, south of Mont Blanc.

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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?”.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Europe, International Treks

The new and improved Alpine Pass Route or Swiss Via Alpina 1

3 May , 2017  

Trek the Alpine pass route with a guidebook from Cicerone Press

Lesley Williams waxes lyrical about the Alpine Pass Route or Swiss Via Alpina 1 (VA1) – a hiking trail of over 350km across Switzerland.

An Intro to, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

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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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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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?

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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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Visiting the Dolomites? Advice on travel and health insurance

25 Jan , 2017  

Image from Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites by James Rushforth

It’s important to make sure you have the correct travel and health insurance before any holiday, particularly an adventurous one, so James Rushforth, author of Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, shares this advice.

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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.

Europe, International Treks, Video

Why walk from Munich to Venice? Let John Hayes explain.

11 Nov , 2016  

Trekking Munich to Venice with a Cicerone guidebook

There’s a new trekking guidebook to The Dream Way or Traumpfad from Munich to Venice. But why? What ties these cities together and why should you do this allegedly classic trek? John Hayes, author of the Cicerone guidebook, explains.

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The impact of the earthquakes in Italy

7 Nov , 2016  

Gillian Price, author of the Cicerone guidebooks to walking in Umbria and Sibillini has sent in this news about the impact of the earthquakes in Italy.

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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.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

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.

An Intro to, Europe, International Treks

An intro to… The GR10 Trail: a trek through the Pyrenees

15 Oct , 2016  

Trek the gr10 trail with a Cicerone guidebook

Have you ever wanted to trek the GR10 Trail? Where even is it? Why should you walk it? Here is a very quick intro to the popular trek.

Europe, Trail Running

UTMB: Kingsley Jones’ DNC (Did Not Connect)

8 Sep , 2016  

Trail running in Chamonix at the start of UTMB

Kingsley Jones recently made the tough decision to pull out of the iconic Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) race. Here, he discusses the spirit of the event.

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Updating the Alpine Pass Route and avoiding Brexit

3 Aug , 2016  

Alpine Pass Route trekking guidebook

Jonathan gladly escaped the post-referendum chaos for a few days walking to check out the changes to the Alpine Pass Route. Here he summarises some of the changes to the startpoint in the east and Lenk, Gstaad and L’Etivaz in Switzerland.

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Fancy getting a mountain for your birthday?

1 Aug , 2016  

Finland norway europe's high points walking guidebook

Then make friends with Norway…

Is this the most unexpected update to a guide, ever? Norway may give Finland a mountain making Cicerone’s guide to Europe’s High Points out of date.

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Cicerone guidebooks make great gifts

22 Jul , 2016  

Theresa May presents Angela Merkel with Cicerone guide to Snowdonia

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Top tips for doing the GR20

19 Jul , 2016  

GR20 Corsica

Paddy Dillon is a man full of wise words and advice and here he gives us his top tips for doing the GR20 – probably the toughest trek in the world.