News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]