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How NOT to walk the Cumbria Way

8 Nov , 2017  

Heather-clad slopes near Skiddaw House on the Cumbria Way

Natalie Simpson reflects on her first long-distance experience – a failed attempt on the Cumbria Way – and the lessons she has since learned. 

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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Why navigation skills should not be ignored and everyone should learn how to read a map

14 Oct , 2017  

The view north on the way up Kirk Fell

There are many advantages of being able to read a map: even fairly basic skills can prove useful on a walk. Natalie Simpson explains some navigation basics.

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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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Kev Reynolds at ‘A Day of Books’ event

30 Sep , 2017  

Kev Reynolds

Cicerone author, Kev Reynolds will be closing the ‘Day of Books’ at All Saints’Church, Sutton Courtenay* (burial place of George Orwell) on Saturday 14 October, with his lecture A Walk in the Clouds.

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How tough should I be for trekking in the Himalaya?

20 Sep , 2017  

Dudh Koshi Valley - view from the traverse between Namche Bazaar and Kyangjuma. The top of Mount Everest visible behind the Nuptse-Lhotse Ridge. Ama Dablam is on the right. Sagarmatha National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everest Region, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

Walking is just a case of putting one foot in front of the other, as Kev Reynolds says – and mountain trekking is largely a matter of walking. No special skills or equipment are needed, no particular capabilities required: anyone who can walk can trek. On the other hand, Himalayan trekking is not walking in the park on a Sunday afternoon. Radek Kucharski considers the fitness and preparation required for trekking in the Himalaya.

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Staying Safe Outdoors – hot weather problems

1 Sep , 2017  

Heat exhaustion while trekking at low altitude in the monsoon in the Himalayas

This guide to staying safe in hot weather will help you recognise and treat common problems when walking, cycling or trekking.

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Farewell to Police Square: forty years of history

12 Aug , 2017   Gallery

Cicerone Press has said farewell to 2 Police Square, home for around forty years, and moved to new offices in Kendal. Lesley recalls some standout memories.

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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.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK, UK Walks

Top ten outdoor mini-adventures with children in the summer holidays

22 Jul , 2017  

Top ten outdoor mini-adventures with children in the summer holidays

With the summer holidays almost here, outdoor writer and mother-of-two Rachel Crolla gives her top picks for free outdoor activities to entertain the kids.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK Mountains

The Bothy Code – how to respect our bothies

15 Jul , 2017  

the bothy code

There are many bothies in Scotland and a night spent in one can be a magical experience – as long as you follow the Bothy Code.

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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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Wildlife spotting in the Haute Savoie

14 Jun , 2017  

As well as enjoying the immense beauty of the walker’s paradise that is the Haute Savoie, you have an excellent chance of spotting wildlife.

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How to avoid the city on a city break

10 Jun , 2017  

The Oslofjord by boat

Cicerone’s Sian Jenkins books a city break and then meticulously avoids the city. She’s a real country girl now! Here she shares some tips of how to find green spaces within a city.

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Cicerone founder Walt Unsworth dies

8 Jun , 2017  

Cicerone Press founder and writer Walt Unsworth

We are sad to announce that Cicerone founder Walt Unsworth died on Tuesday night after a short illness. He was 89.

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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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Gear review: Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody

17 May , 2017  

Marmot Ether Driclime Hoody review

Cicerone’s Joe Williams reviews the Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody, a jacket that isn’t well known to many UK walkers, climbers and runners.

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Alex Staniforth’s challenge to climb UK County Tops

13 May , 2017  

Young adventurer Alex Staniforth has set himself a bold new challenge to climb the UK County Tops to raise money for charity.

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Shoes for fell running, trail running and road running – Do I have too many running shoes?

25 Apr , 2017  

Road, fell, trail, mountain running shoes

What’s the best kind of shoe for fell running, trail running or road running? Joe explains different kinds of running shoes and makes his recommendations.

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The benefits of car free walking and some top tips

7 Apr , 2017  

We have a guest blog on car free walking, outlining some of the benefits of using public transport to go walking, along with a few helpful top tips.

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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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Dark Peak Walks Book Launch… And two cakes!

23 Mar , 2017  

Paul Besley, author of the Dark Peak walks guidebook, enjoyed his book launch. Although we suspect it was just a good opportunity for a walk and cake!

Cycling and Mountain Biking, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Jon Sparks on the Correct Riding Position

19 Mar , 2017  

A vital and yet frequently neglected issue for cyclists is your riding position. Jon Sparks, author of The Lancashire Cycleway, has some advice.

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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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Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast – and some of our memories

15 Mar , 2017  

Tony Robinson will be walking the Coast to Coast in a new show on Channel 5, premiering this Friday 17th March, 8pm. To celebrate, we thought we would collect some of our favourite Coast to Coast articles from the past few years.

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The Azure Window is lost and gone forever

9 Mar , 2017  

The world-famous rock arch of the Azure Window, on the island of Gozo, has collapsed. It finally succumbed to a storm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

The world-famous rock arch of the Azure Window, on the island of Gozo, has collapsed. It finally succumbed to a storm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

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First issue of “Lakeland’s Favourite Magazine” comes home for seventieth anniversary

23 Feb , 2017  

The Cumbrian Way

A rare copy of the first edition of Cumbria magazine, dubbed ‘Lakeland’s favourite’ has come home in time for the magazine’s seventieth anniversary.

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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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Obituary: Mary Welsh, prolific author and columnist

30 Jan , 2017  

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Cicerone author Mary Welsh. The OWPG have written a touching obituary. The full obituary can be viewed here.