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Gear review: Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody

17 May , 2017  

Marmot Ether Driclime Hoody review

Cicerone’s Joe Williams reviews the Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody, a jacket that isn’t well known to many UK walkers, climbers and runners.

Trail Running, UK, Video

Kingsley goes trail and fell running in the Lake District

10 May , 2017  

Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District

Kingsley has been out and about trail and fell running in the Lake District, as he does. Here is a little video from one of his days out.

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.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK, UK Walks

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, UK Long Distance

Try a sample route from our Walking in Norfolk guidebook

22 Mar , 2017  

Try walking in Norfolk with this sample route. The county is far more varied than most outsiders imagine, with several distinct and unique landscapes.

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An Intro to… the Pennine Way, the UK’s toughest National Trail

3 Mar , 2017  

The Pennine Way, Paddy Dillon, Cicerone Press

Paddy Dillon, author of the Cicerone guidebook, answers questions about the Pennine Way and what inspired him to write about this historic route.

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.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, Europe, International Treks, International Walks, UK, UK Long Distance

Paddy Dillon’s Cicerone guides popular in libraries

31 Jan , 2017  

Paddy Dillon is one of Cicerone’s most prolific authors but we didn’t realise how popular Paddy’s books were with library users!

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.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK

Cycling in Northumberland – the coast and castles tour

1 Oct , 2016  

Jonathan and Lesley Williams take a few days off and do some cycling in Northumberland – into the wind.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK

Mountain biking in Scotland – a soggy adventure

26 Sep , 2016  

Mountain biking in Scotland with a Cicerone guidebook

Jim Sutherland, author of Walking in Torridon, and his friend Dunc go on an adventure with Sean Benz’s new guidebook to Mountain Biking in Scotland.

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The Cleveland Way

29 Aug , 2016  

The Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way by Paddy Dillon Book published by Cicerone Press

Have you ever wanted to walk the Cleveland Way? Here is a little run down of this walk around the North York Moors National Park, plus two other neighbouring long distance walks: the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Tabular Hills Walk.

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.

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The West Highland Way

17 Aug , 2016  

Walking the West Highland Way, a guidebook by Terry Marsh. An intro to Scotland's Great Trails

Have you ever wanted to walk the West Highland Way? Here is a quick introduction to this mostly easy, low-level trail from Milngavie to Fort William in Scotland.

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?

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

Cicerone guidebooks make great gifts

22 Jul , 2016  

Theresa May presents Angela Merkel with Cicerone guide to Snowdonia

UK

A few Welsh words for hillwalkers

21 Jul , 2016  

Welsh words for hillwalkers Mountain walking in snowdonia

A few Welsh words for hillwalkers from author Terry Fletcher. Because contrary to what some paranoid visitors may have you believe, Welsh is not spoken just to exclude the English.

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.

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The Great Stones Way

17 Jul , 2016  

great stones way

You have probably been underestimating the Great Stones Way. Here is a very quick introduction to this perfect first long distance trail.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, UK

Eight epic mountain biking viewpoints

15 Jul , 2016  

Mountain biking is a great activity for getting to see loads of incredible places quickly. Here are eight epic viewpoints from Mountain Biking in West and North West Scotland. If you haven’t got a biking trip planned then we apologise now.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK

Top tips for mountain biking safety

13 Jul , 2016  

Most of the time, mountain biking is a perfectly safe activity and far safer than cycling on roads. However, rutted, slippery and loose surfaces are frequently encountered and if you take a tumble at speed, you risk causing yourself considerable damage. Expert Peter Edwards gives us some top tips for mountain biking safety.

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An intro to… St Cuthbert’s Way

11 Jul , 2016  

St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way guidebook

Fancy following the footsteps of a saint? Well, you can walk like one at least with St Cuthbert’s Way in Northumberland.

An Intro to, UK, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The Kennet and Avon canal

29 Jun , 2016  

kennet and avon canal

Have you ever wanted to walk the Kennet and Avon Canal? Here is a very quick introduction to this fascinating long distance walk.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK

A midsummer night’s Fellranger walk

24 Jun , 2016  

Sian and Natalie from the Cicerone office decided to make use of the longest day’s additional light by doing a midsummer night Fellranger walk. And then Sian even went for a swim – we’ve got a brave Head of Production!

UK, UK Long Distance

Paddy finishes the Pennine Way

22 Jun , 2016  

Paddy Dillon has been walking the Pennine Way in order to update his guidebook to the first National Trail. Here he gives us his general thoughts on his walk.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Trail Running, UK

Success on Charlie Ramsay’s Round this weekend

20 Jun , 2016  

Ramsay's Round Joe Williams

Cicerone’s Joe Williams has just got back to the office after completing the running challenge of Charlie Ramsay’s Round in Scotland this weekend.

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 Long Distance

Pennine Way Personalities

9 Jun , 2016  

Pennine way

Paddy Dillon has been re-walking the Pennine Way in order to update his guidebook and meeting plenty of characters on the way.