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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. […]

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe

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 […]

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Cicerone and the Yorkshire Three Peaks

5 Jan , 2009  

Three Peaks

Taking full advantage of the continuing spell of cold weather, this weekend we decided to walk up Pen-y-ghent, finally completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Having lived in the area for nearly four years, and being in such close proximity to the three peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent, there really has been no excuse for […]

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Happy New Year From Cicerone

2 Jan , 2009  

Happy new year from all at Cicerone. Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas, and for those of you lucky enough to have time off, trust you managed to fit in some great hill time. I made the most of the cold spell of weather during our Christmas break to head out on some great […]

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Merry Christmas from Cicerone

24 Dec , 2008  

Merry Christmas from all the team at Cicerone  

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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 […]