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How tough is the walking and trekking in the Sierra Nevada?

15 Nov , 2017  

Walking and trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Richard Hartley explains the grading system for the walks, treks and scrambles in his guide to the Sierra Nevada, home to some of Europe’s highest peaks.

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An intro to… the Peaks of the Balkans Trail

4 Nov , 2017  

Have you heard of the Peaks of the Balkans Trail? Here is a quick introduction to this new and exciting long-distance route.

International Treks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Worldwide

What is a GR route?

25 Oct , 2017  

Walking the GR5

The GR routes are a network of long distance walking routes in France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. But there’s more to them than just that.

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How much preparation do I need for polar exploration?

7 Oct , 2017   Gallery

Polar exploration was once reserved for a few hardy explorers who were not confident of even returning from their trips alive. Now can anyone go?

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An unusual family in the Apennines

13 Sep , 2017  

Gillian Price writes about staying with an unusual family whilst trekking the Grande Escursione Appenninica in the Apennines, Italy.

Gillian Price writes about staying with an unusual family whilst trekking the Grande Escursione Appenninica in the Apennines, Italy.

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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What’s the Alta Via? Why are they numbered? Why are there two AV1 routes in Italy? I’m confused…

5 Aug , 2017  

There are Alta Via trekking routes in two areas of the Italian Alps: the Dolomites and the Aosta Valley (Gran Paradiso/Mont Blanc). Here’s the difference.

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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.

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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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.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe, International Treks, International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

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.

A Spotlight On, International Treks

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.

International Treks, Tell Us Your Story

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.

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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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.