News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling

Sample Route, Trail Running

Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District: A sample route

8 Apr , 2017  

Here’s a sample route from the new Cicerone guidebook to Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District, written by Kingsley Jones. This level 2 run is 6 miles long with an expected duration of 1hr 45mins.

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.

International Treks, International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Gillian Price has a heartwarming tale from Umbria, Italy

4 Apr , 2017  

Gillian Price, author of several Cicerone Press guidebooks, had to let us know about a wonderful initiative in Cascia – a town in Umbria that was badly damaged in the 2016 earthquakes.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone

Cicerone is rebranding – April Fools’ Day 2017

1 Apr , 2017  

How to say Cicerone

Cicerone have been publishing books for nearly 50 years yet almost nobody can pronounce our name the way we say it.

UK Long Distance

Pubs along the Cumbria Way: it’d be rude not to

30 Mar , 2017  

Whilst walking the Cumbria Way a break at one of the many pubs is a given. In this article, Sherpa Expeditions list some of their best boozers.

About an area, UK Long Distance, UK Walks

The future of our moorlands – hard work and peat bogs

25 Mar , 2017  

Anyone who has old memories of tramping through thick black bog on Black Hill, a summit on the Pennine Way in the Peak District, will appreciate the work that has been put in to regenerate these moorlands.

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.

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

Jon Sparks on the Correct Riding Position

19 Mar , 2017  

A vital and yet frequently neglected issue for cyclists is your riding position. Jon Sparks, author of The Lancashire Cycleway, has some advice.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe, International Treks, International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

A quick guide to Slovenian, for mountain bikers

18 Mar , 2017  

Slovenia is great for mountain biking, walking and trekking

If you’re heading off walking, trekking or biking in Slovenia, why not learn a few phrases – even just please and thank you – to endear you to the locals?

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

Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast – and some of our memories

15 Mar , 2017  

Tony Robinson will be walking the Coast to Coast in a new show on Channel 5, premiering this Friday 17th March, 8pm. To celebrate, we thought we would collect some of our favourite Coast to Coast articles from the past few years.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, International Treks, International Walks

Paddy is exploring the Azores: a walkers’ paradise

11 Mar , 2017  

The azores are perfect for walking

Paddy Dillon is exploring the Azores which, it turns out, are a walkers’ paradise. Paddy has even managed to find enough wifi to send this blog post in!

International Walks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

The Azure Window is lost and gone forever

9 Mar , 2017  

The world-famous rock arch of the Azure Window, on the island of Gozo, has collapsed. It finally succumbed to a storm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

The world-famous rock arch of the Azure Window, on the island of Gozo, has collapsed. It finally succumbed to a storm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

About an area, Europe, International Walks

Where are the High Tatras – the ideal location for a mountain holiday?

8 Mar , 2017  

Walking in the High Tatras - a Cicerone guidebook

The area of the High Tatras is described as “an ideal location for a mountain holiday, and especially for the adventurous walker”. But where are they?

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.

International Treks, Worldwide

Trekking in Annapurna – an addictive experience!

1 Mar , 2017  

Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons are obsessed with Annapurna, warning that visitors may find the area addictive. But what’s all the fuss about?

An Intro to, Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, UK Long Distance, UK Mountains

An intro to… The Snowdonia Way: a new route through Wales

24 Feb , 2017  

Walk the Snowdonia Way with a Cicerone guidebook

Have you heard of the Snowdonia Way? It’s a brand new walking route designed by Alex Kendall to showcase the best of Snowdonia. Here’s a quick intro to your next favourite walk in Wales.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

First issue of “Lakeland’s Favourite Magazine” comes home for seventieth anniversary

23 Feb , 2017  

The Cumbrian Way

A rare copy of the first edition of Cumbria magazine, dubbed ‘Lakeland’s favourite’ has come home in time for the magazine’s seventieth anniversary.

International Treks

Introducing The Jordan Trail

22 Feb , 2017  

Tony Howard and Di Taylor love Jordan and have been fundamental in creating the Jordan Trail – the country’s first long distance path.

An Intro to, UK Long Distance

An intro to… The Pilgrim’s Way or ‘England’s Camino’

17 Feb , 2017  

The Pilgrim's Way from Winchester to Canterbury, a walking guidebook by Leigh Hatts

Have you ever wanted to walk the Pilgrim’s Way? Here is a very quick introduction to this ancient pilgrimage known as England’s Camino.

International Treks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK Long Distance

Win a backpacking sack from Osprey

14 Feb , 2017  

The Snowdonia Way, an ideal backpacking adventure

It’s the time of year when we start thinking about a longer trip. Of course we have an excellent range of guidebooks but perhaps you need a rucksack? Here’s a competition to help.

Sample Route, UK Walks

Dark Peak Walks: A Sample Route from Paul Besley’s new guidebook

10 Feb , 2017  

Walking in the Dark Peak by Paul Besley

Try a walk in the Dark Peak from our new guidebook by Paul Besley, out in March. Highlights include Chatsworth House and gardens created by Capability Brown.

An Intro to, UK Long Distance

An Intro to… Scotland’s Great Trails

8 Feb , 2017  

Scotland’s best long distance routes are called “Great Trails” and boy do they live up to that name. Here we look at some of the highlights.

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!

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Obituary: Mary Welsh, prolific author and columnist

30 Jan , 2017  

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Cicerone author Mary Welsh. The OWPG have written a touching obituary. The full obituary can be viewed here.

Techniques

Want to try snowshoeing? Here’s a competition for you

26 Jan , 2017  

Win a pair of snowshoes with our Icegripper competition. We may even give you a copy of our guidebook to Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites too!

Europe, International Treks, International Walks, Mountain Adventures, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Visiting the Dolomites? Advice on travel and health insurance

25 Jan , 2017  

Image from Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites by James Rushforth

It’s important to make sure you have the correct travel and health insurance before any holiday, particularly an adventurous one, so James Rushforth, author of Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, shares this advice.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK Long Distance

Paddy Dillon enjoys the Spine Race, from his armchair

19 Jan , 2017  

Paddy Dillon wouldn’t give the Spine Race a go – he’s not daft – but he has been watching it and shares these thoughts with us.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Kev Reynolds’ mini tour

19 Jan , 2017  

Cicerone author Kev Reynolds is doing a mini tour. If you haven’t heard this inspirational but very humble man talk then now is your chance!