News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling
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.
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.
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.
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.