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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.

International Treks, International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Techniques, UK Long Distance, UK Mountains, UK Walks

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, UK Walks

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.

About an area, UK Long Distance, UK Walks

The future of our moorlands – hard work and peat bogs

25 Mar , 2017  

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.

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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!

Sample Route, UK Walks

Dark Peak Walks: A Sample Route from Paul Besley’s new guidebook

10 Feb , 2017  

Walking in the Dark Peak by Paul Besley

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.

About an area, UK, UK Long Distance, UK Walks

The 5 most beautiful places on Guernsey

3 Feb , 2017  

Guernsey is a wonderful destination for walkers, as Paddy Dillon and many others know well. In this blog post Sherpa Expeditions choose the 5 most beautiful places on Guernsey.

Sample Route, UK Walks

Ben Nevis and Glen Coe: A sample route

14 Dec , 2016  

Try a sample route from our guidebook to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

It’s Christmas and we are kind so enjoy this sample route from our upcoming guidebook to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Cheers and happy hillwalks!

UK Walks

What’s so special about walking in Shropshire

18 Nov , 2016  

John Gillham explains why everyone should try Walking in Shropshire

Shropshire is the most beautiful and undiscovered county in England. We ask author John Gillham about his new guidebook and why everyone should go walking in Shropshire.

UK Long Distance, UK Walks, Video

The Ridgeway National Trail: Did you know?

15 Nov , 2016  

walk the ridgeway national trail with a Cicerone guidebook

The Ridgeway is a fantastic long-distance walking route through the south of England. Here are 8 things you may not know about this wonderful National Trail.

UK Walks

Try a walk in the Pentland Hills with our free sample route

26 Oct , 2016  

WALK 1 from Walking in the Pentland Hills by Susan Falconer

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.

UK, UK Walks

Walking on the Isle of Man… and the wrath of Manannan

12 Oct , 2016   Gallery

Cicerone’s Natalie visited the Isle of Man recently and, apart from upsetting the local sea-gods, she had a wonderful time exploring.

UK, UK Walks

A couple of weeks of walking in the North East

24 Aug , 2016  

Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon

There’s so much walking in the North East that you may need to take more than a couple of weeks off work… Here are some of our favourites.

UK, UK Walks

The rocks of the Yorkshire Wolds

23 Aug , 2016  

Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon

Whilst you’re walking the Yorkshire Wolds Way you may come across some interesting rocks… Yes, really. Here are three types to look out for, although we can’t promise you’ll find any.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK, UK Walks

Things to do on Islay and Jura in the rain

9 Aug , 2016  

Islay and Jura walking guidebook

Cicerone’s Caroline has a holiday on Islay and Jura and enjoyed some mountain biking, walking (and whisky tasting) in the typical Scottish weather.

UK, UK Walks

What about the Corbetts?

29 Jul , 2016  

Walking the corbetts with a cicerone guidebook

Those who know the Scottish Highlands won’t need telling that Scotland has some of the most magnificent mountain and coastal scenery in the world. So why bother with the Corbetts when there are over 280 Munros to go at?

UK, UK Walks

10 things you didn’t know about the Cotswolds

20 Jul , 2016  

Damian Hall, record-breaking ultrarunner and author of Walking in the Cotswolds, suggests 10 things you didn’t know about his favourite stomping ground.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK, UK Walks

Three reasons to explore the South Downs National Park

20 Jun , 2016  

South downs

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.

UK, UK Walks

Walking in Britain’s extremities: Orkney and Shetland

25 Apr , 2016  

http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detail.cfm/book/834refer/blog

Walking in the most remote parts of Britain offers something unique and different wherever you choose to go. In particular, walking on Orkney and Shetland is like visiting another world where nature still governs – but midges don’t! In this blog post we look at some of the highlights of walking on Orkney and Shetland.

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Walking is better than the gym

9 Nov , 2015  

brisk walking

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.

UK Walks

10 Reasons to Visit the North Wessex Downs

17 Jul , 2015  

Steve Davison, author of the new walking guidebook to the area, gives us ten highlights of the North Wessex Downs.

Steve Davison, author of the new walking guidebook to the North Wessex Downs, gives us ten highlights of this beautiful area.

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

Walking in Cornwall – sample route

5 Jun , 2015  

Walking in Cornwall by Graham Uney and published by Cicerone Press

A new guide to Walking in Cornwall has been written by Graham Uney and published by Cicerone Press. Here is a sample route and an excerpt from the introduction as a taster of this guidebook. We hope you enjoy it.

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What kit should I take on a mountain walk?

15 Apr , 2015  

Vivienne Crow, author of several Cicerone Press walking guides to Cumbria and the Lake District, answers the frequently asked question ‘What kit should I take on a mountain walk?’.

UK, UK Walks

The best time to go to The Hebrides

10 Apr , 2015  

The Hebrides, Cicerone Press

When is the best time of year to go to The Hebrides?

Peter Edwards, author of the new Cicerone Press guidebook to The Hebrides, explains that each season offers its own special reasons to visit this incredible island group.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK, UK Walks

Wye not try Walking in the Wye Valley with a Cicerone Guidebook

3 Mar , 2015  

The variety of walks in Mike Dunn’s new Cicerone guidebook to Walking in the Wye Valley means there is something for everyone in this beautiful area. Following the fourth-largest river in England and Wales and spanning those countries’ border the Wye Valley offers spectacular limestone gorges, scenic strolls and soaring moorlands.

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A day walking in the Trossachs

14 Feb , 2015  

Discovering the walking possibilities in the Trossachs revealed within Ronald Turnbull’s guidebook to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. It’s early February, and the weather forecast is promising. We have the perfect excuse for a trip to Scotland.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK, UK Walks

Bristol Walking Festival 26 April to 26 May – Cicerone Author Talks

26 Feb , 2014  

This year, Stanfords is participating in Bristol’s Festival of Walking 2014, and there are two opportunities during the festival for you to go along and listen to Cicerone authors talks.

Damian Hall, author of our Walking in the Cotswolds will be talking the Bristol store on Thursday 8th May 2014 at 7pm.

Tell Us Your Story, UK, UK Walks

Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley

15 Jan , 2014  

Reader Richard Evans enjoys the walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley and has written to Cicerone to tell us about it. Thanks Richard!

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK, UK Walks

Looking for fantastic and varied walking? Then check out walking in Essex…

14 Nov , 2013  

Walking in Essex

Essex may not be high on many walkers’ hit lists. In fact it probably doesn’t feature at all. But to overlook this corner of England is to overlook some fantastic and varied walking.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK, UK Walks

Walking in Norfolk

13 Nov , 2013  

Having written a book about walking in Norfolk that explores virtually every corner of the county, I suppose it is fair to ask: ‘Which part do you like best?’ It may be fair, but it is almost impossible to answer