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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.

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?

About an area, Europe, International Walks

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.

Europe, International Treks, Tell Us Your Story

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.

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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.

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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.

Europe

Walking ON the Italian Lakes

23 Jun , 2016  

This is not exactly what our author Gillian Price meant when she wrote about Walking the Italian Lakes…. The Bulgarian artist Christos has just opened his floating piers on Italy’s Lago d’Iseo. So now you can walk 3km on the tranquil lake.

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An intro to… The GR20

8 Jun , 2016  

GR20 Corsica

Fancy taking on one of the toughest treks in the world? Here is a quick intro to the GR20. This Corsican trek is widely known as one of the best and toughest trails in the world and should not be undertaken lightly.

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When should I walk the GR20?

8 Jun , 2016  

People often ask us “when should I walk the GR20?” so we asked Paddy Dillon to give us some advice on the best time of year to take on this challenging route.

Europe

Walking on the Aeolian Islands, Sicily

6 Jun , 2016  

Pamela Harris enjoys some walking on the Aeolian Islands, much aided by Gillian Price’s guidebook to Walking in Sicily. She has shared her memories, and a little history, with us in this blog post.

Europe, International Treks

Meet the map-makers of Mallorca

31 Mar , 2016  

Walking in Mallorca and Trekking in Mallorca by Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon has been exploring Mallorca, much helped by his Alpina maps. No other maps come close to their level of detail, or include so much useful information for walkers.

Europe, International Treks

Secrets of Mallorca’s Trails

21 Mar , 2016  

Walking in Mallorca and Trekking in Mallorca by Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon has been uncovering the secrets of trekking in Mallorca and sent these photos of the long-distance GR221 to make us jealous.

Europe, Tell Us Your Story

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.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

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.