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Cicerone and The Road To Bethlehem

16 Dec , 2008  

BBC correspondent Aleem Maqbool is currently making a nine day trip retracing the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem made by Joseph and Mary about 2000 years ago. Aleem started the trip, accompanied by a donkey on Monday 15th December, and plans to arrive in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Aleem has a copy of the Cicerone […]

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Walking the world with Cicerone author Kev Reynolds

1 Dec , 2008  

In January Cicerone author Kev Reynolds will be presenting a series of talks at various locations around the country. Join Kev for an evening of entertaining tales and evocative images from the great mountain ranges of the world. Kev describes himself as a man with the world’s best job, spending several months each year among high […]

International Treks, Worldwide

Cicerone Authors Tony Howard and Di Taylor on trekking in Jordan

19 Nov , 2008  

Cicerone authors Tony Howard and Di Taylor were recently interviewed by Jordan magazine about trekking in Jordan and how it has changed over the years. Tony and Di first visited Jordan in 1984, when they were invited by Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism to assess the climbing and adventure tourism potential of Wadi Rum. They very […]

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Cicerone Author Terry Marsh wins OWPG Best Words and Pictures Award

10 Nov , 2008  

Each year the OWPG (Outdoor writers and Photographers Guild) makes literary and photographic awards to its members in recognition of their work during the previous twelve months. This year Cicerone author Terry Marsh won the OWPG Award for Excellence – sponsored by Cicerone – in the category ‘Words and Pictures’ for ‘An Oasis of Calm’, a […]

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Cicerone author: Mountains of Montenegro wins Best Guidebook Award

7 Nov , 2008  

Mountains of Montenegro

Congratulations to Cicerone author Rudolf Abraham whose guidebook to The Mountains of Montenegro has just been awarded the Outdoor Writers Guild Award for the Best Guidebook of 2007. Rudolf lives in London where his day job is a scholar of Islamic Art, working for one of the most prestigious collections in the world. But his […]

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A cookbook from Cicerone? Really!

27 Oct , 2008  

OK, so it’s not the type of cookbook to go head to head with Jamie and Delia, but definitely the kind of cookbook that what you would expect to see from Cicerone. Recently published is Moveable Feasts, a mine of information on optimal nutrition for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, and an inspirational cookery book […]

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Cicerone’s Pentland Hills: Regional Park wins Green Flag Award

16 Oct , 2008  

Pentland Hills

Cicerone author Susan Falconer has worked as a countryside ranger with the Pentland Hills Ranger Service since 1995.  Susan is the author of Pentland Hills – A Walker’s Guide . Monday 6th October saw the official launch of the Pentland Hills Regional Park’s green flag at Harlaw House Visitor Centre. The Park gained a Green Flag Award in […]

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The Spirit of Hadrians Wall

10 Oct , 2008  

The Independent bookshop Cogito Books of Hexham recently hosted a wonderful book launch at the atmospheric Monastic workshop within Hexham Abbey. The evening saw local photographer Roger Clegg give an illustrated talk on how the book  The Spirit of Hadrians Wall came about, whilst impressing us all with a collection of his breathtaking pictures of […]

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Cicerone news: It is official: there is a new mountain in Wales

2 Oct , 2008  

New mountain

Following on from the news in late 2006 confirming that Birks Fell in the Lake District had been given mountain status.  The Ordnance Survey officially confirmed last month that Snowdonia’s Mynydd Graig Goch (Nantlle Ridge) is 2000ft 6 inches high, bringing the total of Nuttall summits in Wales to 190. Cicerone’s guide, by authors John and […]

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

The Danube Cycleway: Vienna to the Black Sea

11 Sep , 2008  

Cycling the Danube Cycleway by Mike Wells, Cicerone Press

In September Cicerone received the following comments by Anne Mustoe after she cycled parts of  The Danube Cycleway (latest guide edition published Jan 2015). “I’ve just got home after attempting to cycle the Danube Cycleway from Vienna to the Black Sea, and I thought you might be interested in my comments. It was not a ride to be recommended! Beyond […]

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How old is Cicerone?

27 Aug , 2008  

There has been much debate here at the Cicerone office recently about just how old Cicerone is. We think that we are 40 years old next year, but have not yet been able to confirm it. Even Walt Unsworth who founded the company is unsure of the exact date of when Cicerone was founded. Looking […]

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Holiday season at Cicerone…

26 Aug , 2008  

With the holiday season under way, many of the staff here at the Cicerone office have been getting away and experiencing first-hand knowledge of the countries and regions we publish guides to. Jonathan and Lesley are currently trekking in the Gran Paradiso, Caroline was Cycle Touring In Switzerland, Sarah is just back from Norway, Sue is […]

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Cicerone Advice regarding shepherd’s dogs in Alps

6 Aug , 2008  

An intro to the GR5 Trail

A report in ‘The Times’ on the 5th August described how various walkers and holidaymakers are being attacked by Pyrenean mountain dogs used to protect large flocks of sheep. Cicerone’s recent guide by Paddy Dillon to the GR5, which follows the length of the French Alps, has specific advice regarding these ‘pastous’. Firstly there are usually signs […]

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Sunday Times ‘Culture’ – Hadrian’s Wall photographs

6 Jul , 2008  

Those of you who have just seen the Sunday Times July 6th feature about Hadrian and the forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum will be interested to know that the photographs by Roger Clegg featured in the article are among a collection of 200 to be published by Cicerone in a fantastic new book ‘The […]

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Fantastic photographs of Hadrian’s Wall – a new book goes to the printers

2 Jul , 2008  

‘The Spirit of Hadrian’s Wall’ has just gone to the printers, and will be available in early October, in time for a major exhibition this autumn at the British Museum. Roger Clegg’s photographs are amazing – take a look!

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Great mountain days in Keswick with Cicerone

23 May , 2008  

Great Walks

Our very own Cicerone authors Mark Richards and Paddy Dillon joined enthusiasts at the Keswick Mountain Festival last week. Both gave inspirational talks while Mark also spent the whole day out on the fells with a group of walkers. Pity they got wet on the top, but it was all smiles and a much needed pint […]

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Cicerone Podcasts

23 May , 2008  

I’ve just loaded the latest batch of Cicerone podcasts into the website. It has been a great experience to hear the ‘voice’ of our books in each recording. Hope you have enjoyed listening to them as much as we have.  

International Treks, Worldwide

Cicerone Author Kev Reynolds talks about Himalayan trekking

7 May , 2008  

Cicerone author Kev Reynolds delighted a capacity audience in Stanford’s flagship store Covent Garden last week, talking about the magic of Himalayan trekking. Describing each of the main trekking regions, he provided essential background knowledge and a stunning visual of the nature of the landscape and people in these remote mountain areas. The only thing that […]

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Back in the Cicerone office now…

6 May , 2008  

Back in the Cicerone office now after having a great time in Wales and am feeling refreshed from all the fresh air.  We were really lucky with the weather and found a great little campsite on the outskirts of Dolgellau. Spent some of our time mountain biking and had a great day on Cader Idris – […]

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Off On Holiday

25 Apr , 2008  

Walking in Snowdonia

Just a quick post from the Cicerone office, as I am trying to sort out a few last jobs before I head off on a week’s holiday. I am off to the Dolgellau in North Wales for a week mountain biking and walking on the Cader Idris.  I must raid the Cicerone office bookshelf before […]

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Cicerone Book Launch

19 Mar , 2008  

‘Great Mountain Days in the Lake District‘ is due to be published by Cicerone later this month. As part of the launch, the author Mark Richards will be giving an illustrated talk at Sam Read’s book in Grasmere on the 9th April at 4pm. At the Keswick Mountain Festival in May, Mark will be hosting a […]

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Cicerone at The Outdoors Show (NEC)

19 Mar , 2008  

Well, it was another busy weekend for Cicerone at the NEC Outdoors Show. It’s always great to get to meet the readers and users of our guides, and help plan your next walk, trek or adventure. We’ve tentatively booked for next year, and are exploring a few different options. So watch this space…

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Cicerone Author Talks at Stanfords (Covent Garden)

12 Mar , 2008  

Cicerone authors Mark Richards and Kev Reynolds will be giving talks at Stanfords in Covent Garden. Join Mark Richards on 29th April, as he introduces his latest book Great Mountain Days in the Lake District. And on 30th April, let outdoor writer and photographer Kev Reynolds convey you to another world as he describes trekking […]

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Cicerone at The Outdoors Show (NEC)

10 Mar , 2008  

It has been a hectic week here at the Cicerone office, getting ready for the Outdoors Show at the NEC this weekend. If you are coming to the show, don’t forget to call by our stand – AT305. We’ve got the usual Cicerone special offers, plus some advance copies of Great Mountain Days in the […]

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Cicerone Wins Gold Award

5 Mar , 2008  

We have just found out that Cicerone have won the gold award for the fourth year running. Readers of ‘Walk’, the Rambler’s Association magazine voted Cicerone as the best walking book in their annual reader awards – thanks to everyone who voted for us.

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Great Mountain Days In The Lake District

18 Feb , 2008  

Cicerone have just sent the proofs for Great Mountain Days in the Lake District off to the printers – it looks great, and there are lots of interesting routes to keep me busy this summer. The weather was great last weekend, so I headed up to Langdale with the details of ‘Walk One – Lingmoor Fell’ […]