News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling
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.
Tom Martens recounts his first experience of the Lake District in all its summer glory – luckily they had brought waterproofs.
Here is a sample route from Kev Reynolds’ guidebook to Walking in Kent. This walk takes in the White Cliffs of Dover, the magnificent Dover Castle, and plenty of big skies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone who has old memories of tramping through thick black bog on Black Hill, a summit on the Pennine Way in the Peak District, will appreciate the work that has been put in to regenerate these moorlands.
Try a walk in the Dark Peak from our new guidebook by Paul Besley, out in March. Highlights include Chatsworth House and gardens created by Capability Brown.
An excellent short and sometimes steep walk for a crisp winter’s day. Taken from Susan Falconer’s guidebook to Walking in the Pentland Hills.
Cicerone’s Natalie visited the Isle of Man recently and, apart from upsetting the local sea-gods, she had a wonderful time exploring.
The South Downs are England’s newest national park and well worth a visit. The iconic landscape between Eastbourne in East Sussex and Winchester in Hampshire is ideal for walking, trekking and biking (hence the three relevant Cicerone guidebooks). But there are are more than these three reasons to explore the South Downs.
Recently published research comparing various keep-fit activities is good news for Cicerone. According to research by Dr Grace Lordan of the London School of Economics and Political Science, a brisk 30-minute walk five days a week is more effective than any other form of exercise for keeping weight down.