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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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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.

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Bad knees? Maybe you should use walking poles

3 Jun , 2017  

Jonathan and Lesley posing with their walking poles on the Alpine Pass Route

Using walking poles, or even a single pole, will reduce knee pain and increase hill climbing power and endurance. Joe even uses them for ultrarunning – here’s the lowdown.

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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.

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Gillian Price has a heartwarming tale from Umbria, Italy

4 Apr , 2017  

Gillian Price, author of several Cicerone Press guidebooks, had to let us know about a wonderful initiative in Cascia – a town in Umbria that was badly damaged in the 2016 earthquakes.

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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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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!

International Treks, Worldwide

Trekking in Annapurna – an addictive experience!

1 Mar , 2017  

Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons are obsessed with Annapurna, warning that visitors may find the area addictive. But what’s all the fuss about?

International Treks

Introducing The Jordan Trail

22 Feb , 2017  

Tony Howard and Di Taylor love Jordan and have been fundamental in creating the Jordan Trail – the country’s first long distance path.

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Win a backpacking sack from Osprey

14 Feb , 2017  

The Snowdonia Way, an ideal backpacking adventure

It’s the time of year when we start thinking about a longer trip. Of course we have an excellent range of guidebooks but perhaps you need a rucksack? Here’s a competition to help.

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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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A Spotlight on: CaminoWays.com

20 Dec , 2016  

Is doing a Camino on your bucket list? If you fancy walking or cycling with an organised group then let CaminoWays help you.

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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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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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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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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.

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GR20 – Route Changes mean the end of an era

26 May , 2016  

gr20 route changes

In this blog post, Paddy Dillon updates us on the many changes to the GR20. Please read this article fully before travelling to the area. These changes have all been included in the latest edition of Paddy’s GR20 guidebook which is out mid June.

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Nepal Earthquake: One Year On

29 Apr , 2016  

In April 2015 an earthquake devastated large parts of Nepal and killed around 8900 of its citizens. Cicerone author Kev Reynolds reflects on the Nepal Earthquake: one year on.

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The Top Ten Islands in Europe

22 Apr , 2016  

Tripadvisor Awards 2016 Best Islands in Europe

The Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award winners for 2016 have been announced – here are the top ten islands in Europe according to their voters. There’s more to these islands than drinking and beaches and, as it happens, we can recommend many them for some excellent walking…