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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!

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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?

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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…

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A book containing many lifetimes of mountaineering possibilities

5 Apr , 2016   Gallery

Think the world has been fully explored? There are over 395 unclimbed 6000m peaks in the area surrounding the Alps of Tibet, including the world’s highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum (7570m).

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Bhutan: Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

4 Apr , 2016   Gallery

All eyes are on Bhutan now that William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are to visit this little known Himalayan Kingdom in the spring. Isolated from the world until the 1950s and only open to foreigners from 1974, it has retained its rich cultural heritage, making it a fascinating place to visit. So, fancy […]

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An intro to… The Swiss Coast Path – April Fools’ Day 2016

1 Apr , 2016  

The brand new Swiss Coast Path, or the Schweiz Küstenweg, is opening shortly. Here is a very quick introduction to this incredible new long distance trail.

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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.

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Competition: Win over £1000 of trekking gear

23 Mar , 2016  

Win over £1000 worth of trekking gear with our incredible national trails competition.

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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.