News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young adventurer Alex Staniforth has set himself a bold new challenge to climb the UK County Tops to raise money for charity.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.