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Cicerone author Kev Reynolds lecture series

5 Jan , 2010  

Prolific Cicerone author Kev Reynolds will be touring the country in January and February on behalf of top UK trekking company, Mountain Kingdoms, with entertaining stories and images from his years spent walking the world’s great mountain ranges.

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Cicerone Guide: Great Mountain Days in the Lake District – Walk Forty-Six

14 Dec , 2009  

Great Walks

I’d been following the weather forecast for a couple of days, and Sunday was looking to be fairly perfect walking weather. A quick flick through the pile of Cicerone guidebooks on my desk last thing on Friday, and it was decided – we were going walking on Sunday.

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Cicerone author Commended in the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year

10 Dec , 2009  

Cicerone author Jon Sparks was Commended in the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2009. Final results were announced last night (Dec 8th) at London’s Mall Galleries.

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Cicerone Recent Survey Results

25 Nov , 2009  

Many thanks to everyone who took part in our recent survey. It was great to read all your comments and suggestions – many of the areas you

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Cicerone co-author Rachel Crolla Woman’s Hour

23 Nov , 2009  

Woman's Hour

Rachel Crolla – coauthor of Cicerone’s Europe’s High Points was interviewed last week on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

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Cicerone author Rudolf Abraham wins again…

10 Nov , 2009  

Rudolf Abraham wins the best ‘Outdoor Feature’ category at this year’s Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards for Excellence.

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A Yorkshire Dales walk

9 Nov , 2009  

A Yorkshire Dales walk

Broad skies and wide landscapes, sunshine (yes, there was some!), wide paths and stone buildings blending comfortably into the landscape – these are the Yorkshire Dales. We had just a few days to spare

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Cicerone photography competition

5 Nov , 2009  

I’ve just spent a relaxing 5 minutes taking a look through the photographs that have been submitted so far to our first ever photography competition.

We have received some fantastic photos so far, and I kno

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Superb scrambling on St Sunday Crag

8 Sep , 2009  

An August Bank Holiday Sunday, with pouring rain and strong winds, were certainly not ideal conditions for attempting my first Grade 3 scramble. But off we went to the top of St Sunday Crag via the highly photogenic and atmospheric Pinnacle Ridge.


Blyth Wright

6 Aug , 2009  

Blyth Wright

We were sad to hear of the news that Blyth Wright had passed away. Cicerone’s Avalanche and Snow guidebooks were translated by Blyth who had climbed and skied extensively in the UK, the Alps and North America for over 40 years.


GR20 Accommodation Update

31 Jul , 2009  

Paddy Dillon has been keeping us informed about the new booking system for accommodation on the GR20. Here’s a quick update to fill you in:

‘After all the fuss and bother about the new booking system

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Cicerone Boost Fix the Fells Project

27 Jul , 2009  

Fix the Fells

Sometimes it’s not all that easy to get busy people together in one place, but when the place is as special as a recently repaired footpath just above Crummock Water, then it’s easy to see why this was the location for Cicerone ‘officially’ to present a cheque for nearly £600 towards the Fix the Fells Project!

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You order, Cicerone print! Giving POD a whirl with Spirit Paths of Wales

8 Jul , 2009  

Fans of Welsh lore and legend will be pleased to know that Laurence Main’s unique guide to 20 historical walking routes in Wales is available again from this week.

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Italian Dolomites now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

8 Jul , 2009  

Trekking in the italian dolomites

The Italian Dolomites make a first-rate trekking destination with an excellent network of paths, welcoming ‘rifugi’ (mountain huts) in stunning locations, and efficient public transport. Cicerone has long appreciated the Italian Dolomites and the UNESCO has now recognised them as a World Heritage site.

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Cicerone authors: an unlikely meeting on the final Nuttall

3 Jul , 2009  

A note from Robert Horridge who completed all the Nuttalls in June, taking in the final 2000ft summits in the Beacons & Black Mountains in one 6-day trip, and met his inspiration en route.

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Late snow in the Alps

2 Jul , 2009  

Late Snow

The last winter has seen a high level of snowfall across many alpine regions, including the Dolomites, Bernese Oberland and the Maritime Alps. Many people have taken up trekking over recent years, but not many will have seen these amounts of snow, what advice can we give?

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Cicerone: Cycling in Offa’s Dyke country

19 Jun , 2009  

Since moving to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales a few years ago, we have started doing a lot more mountain biking, and one of the items on our list was to try a mountain biking event. So last weekend saw us in Kington, to have a go at the Marin Rough Ride.


GR20 accommodation booking system

16 Jun , 2009  

GR20 Corsica

Cicerone has received a number of enquiries. We asked Paddy Dillon,  author of our guide to the GR20 if he had any further information on the problems currently being experienced by people trying to use the new booking system for accommodation along the GR20. Paddy writes: Anyone trying to access PNRC website at the moment will find the […]

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Another day at the Cicerone office…

11 Jun , 2009  

Day in the Office

Life here at Cicerone is great, and with the chance to get out of the office from time to time to meet some of our trade customers, its always good fun. Cicerone author Kev Reynolds describes himself as having the best job in the world, but I think I would give Kev a pretty good […]

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Cicerone: The Cumbria Way – short but deadly serious!

8 May , 2009  

The Cumbrian Way

Sitting on the train back from Ulverston yesterday, having completed The Cumbria Way (north to south, unconventionally), I re-read Jim Watson’s introduction to his Cicerone guide. He ends with the warning ‘Don’t underestimate the Cumbria Way’, and, given our experience over the past few days, I’d say it’s good advice. To be honest, Tim and […]


Cicerone author Gillian Price becomes a councillor in Italian Alpine Club

29 Apr , 2009  

Many of you will appreciate Cicerone author Gillian Price’s knowledge and love of the Italian mountains and their flowers and wildlife, so it was no surprise to hear that she had been elected as a councillor to the Venice branch of the Italian Alpine Club. As with many of our authors, she’s modest about her achievements, […]

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Chamois released in the Sibillini

6 Apr , 2009  

Apennine chamois

Eight Apennine chamois – Rupycapra pyrenaica ornata – have recently been released in the Monte Bove area of the Monti Sibillini National Park in central Italy. Until now this rare chamois (only 800 survive in Abruzzo) has been breeding in a special enclosed area near Bolognola within the park (visited in Walk 4 of Italy’s Sibillini […]

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Cicerone Great Mountain Days raises nearly £600 for Fix the Fells in its first year

2 Apr , 2009  

Fix the Fells

Cicerone had a packed programme of events at this year’s Outdoor Show NEC at the end of March, including a full programme of standing-room-only talks by authors such as Kev Reynolds, Paddy Dillon and Amy-Jane Beer. We also had a bit of a birthday party to celebrate turning 40 this year, at which Jonathan was […]

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Cicerone at the NEC Outdoors Show

1 Apr , 2009  

Cicerone were delighted to see so many people crowding into ‘The Glade’ Theatre at the show. Thanks to everyone who came along! There were good crowds for all the talks and seminars, particularly Kev Reynolds‘ seminars on Alpine walking and trekking, and of course Paddy Dillon’s seminar on packing a lightweight rucksack – what a show! […]

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GR20 Corsica – prebooking of refuges compulsory

24 Mar , 2009  

Regular Cicerone author Paddy Dillon – author of our GR20 Corsica guide – has just passed on some vital information that anyone planning to walk the famous GR20 high-level route through Corsica from May this year needs to know.

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Cicerone Short-run printing older titles new lease of life

2 Mar , 2009  

At the end of February, Cicerone took delivery of our first short-run print job. The title we chose to trial was Walking the French Gorges by Alan Castle, which had been out of stock for many months with many outstanding requests from retailers. This is the first step in a process designed to stop our […]


Not quite the end for winter nick

13 Feb , 2009  

Mountain Ridges

Cicerone author Dan Bailey emailed me this week with a stop press amendment to his latest ridges book: Given the current cold snap perhaps we should reword the section on cold climbing? Unsurprisingly, now that snow has fallen in the Scilly Isles, we’ve cut the bit that despaired of seeing winter conditions again south of […]

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Another day at the (Cicerone) office

5 Feb , 2009  

Day at the Office

The forecast was good, some low cloud, clear above 400m, great visibility, small risk of snow showers. The reality was different, 10m visibility, strong winds. Maybe the only bit that was as expected was the temperature. Very cold. That’s mountains for you. It’s always good to get out of the Cicerone office every now and […]

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The Cicerone ABC

22 Jan , 2009  

I put together ‘The Cicerone ABC’ for our Christmas party – hope you enjoy reading about a day in the life of Cicerone… A is for Austria, and the ABS crew, Checking the book stocks, Both backlist and new. Kevs latest tome is all that you need To explore snowy vistas A fine plan indeed. […]

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Cicerone new guide Cycling the Canal du Midi

16 Jan , 2009  

Canal du Midi

Ever since I watched Rick Stein slowly making his way down the Canal du Midi for the BBC programme French Odyssey, the Canal du Midi has been of great fascination, ending up on my virtual list of places I wish to visit. So, imagine my excitement, when an advance copy of Cicerone’s guide Cycling the Canal du […]