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Explore these quieter Lake District alternatives

4 Oct , 2017   Gallery

Rosebay willowherb flowers at Ennerdale, Explore these quieter Lake District alternatives

Cicerone’s Natalie suggests some of her favourite hot spots of the Lake District – guaranteed to be as beautiful but less busy than the main trails. 

When I want to escape the crowds, I usually head to the perimeter of the Lake District.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Trail Running, UK Mountains

Running the Glencoe Skyline: one of the most technically difficult ultramarathons in the world

27 Sep , 2017   Gallery

Joe Williams running to finish the Glencoe Skyline race

Last weekend Cicerone’s Joe Williams ran the Glencoe Skyline race in Scotland, a race regarded as one of the most difficult ultramarathons in the world.

Mountain Adventures, UK Mountains

Scrambles in Snowdonia – Interview with Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla

30 Aug , 2017  

Hill Explorer recently interviewed Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla about their experience updating Steve Ashton’s classic guidebook Scrambles in Snowdonia.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Mountain Adventures, UK Mountains

From Marriage Proposals to Heimlich Manoeuvres – Stories behind the Pictures in Scrambles in Snowdonia

26 Aug , 2017  

Stories behind the Pictures in Scrambles in Snowdonia

Carl and Rachel have updated the classic guidebook Scrambles in Snowdonia. Carl reflects on some memorable experiences with the people in the photographs.

Sample Route, UK Mountains

Scrambles in the Dark Peak – an improved route up Chrome Hill via the S.W. Ridge

23 Aug , 2017  

Tom Corker, author of Scrambles in the Dark Peak, and his good friend Trevor Clarke find an improved route up Chrome Hill via the S.W. Ridge.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK Mountains

Sian does Cadair Idris the ‘easy’ way courtesy of Large Outdoors

9 Aug , 2017  

Cicerone’s Sian does a mountain day on Cadair Idris the ‘easy’ way courtesy of author Alex Kendall (Snowdonia Way) and Large Outdoors.

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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Things to do in Scotland this Summer

13 Jul , 2017  

Scotland is a veritable paradise for outdoor enthusiasts – there’s so much to do here so why not try something new? Here’s a little overview of the options.

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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.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK Mountains

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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An intro to… The Snowdonia Way: a new route through Wales

24 Feb , 2017  

Walk the Snowdonia Way with a Cicerone guidebook

Have you heard of the Snowdonia Way? It’s a brand new walking route designed by Alex Kendall to showcase the best of Snowdonia. Here’s a quick intro to your next favourite walk in Wales.

UK Mountains

What are the Munros? And why should I climb them?

29 Nov , 2016  

Walk the Munros with Steve Kew's Cicerone guidebooks

What are the Munros and why you should walk them? Steve Kew, the author of two Cicerone guidebooks on these hills, explains more.

UK, UK Mountains

You’ve heard of the Corbetts but what exactly is a Corbett?

23 Aug , 2013  

Walking the Corbetts, what is a Corbett

John Rooke Corbett was the fourth person and first Englishman to compleat the Munros. He went on to create a list of Corbetts… But what is a Corbett?