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Cicerone and sunshine at Keswick Mountain Festival

19th May 2014 in Cicerone Authors, Cicerone Office by Lesley

Cicerone‘s stand at the Keswick Mountain festival was as busy as ever over the weekend. With authors Paddy Dillon and Ronald Turnbull giving talks on the GR20 and the Cape Wrath Trail in the Adventure Theatre on Friday, Pete Hawkins, author of our Navigation and Map and Compass guides leading introductory navigation courses, and Mark Richards, author of the Lakeland Fellranger guides, adding his own brand of excitement to the weekend, we enjoyed every minute of the festival. It was great to meet enthusiasts for Cicerone guides, both old and new. Thanks for coming. For those of you who missed Keswick, the weather was great, there was plenty of entertainment – from watching events such as triathlons, 10K races, half marathons and cycling sportives, to visiting trade stands, going on guided walks, mountain biking, navigating courses, climbing and canoeing.

See you next year.keswickMFn

Walked all the Lakeland Fellrangers? Then add your name to the official register

10th January 2014 in Book Catalogue, Cicerone Authors by Sarah

Completers of all 227 Lakeland FELLRANGER fell summits can be now added to the official hillwalkers register, and apply for a certificate. Details on how to apply can be found on the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) website.

Did you know that there are 18 great fells in the Lake District that Wainwright missed? If you’ve ‘completed’ the Wainwrights and need another challenge, then take a look at the list of fells.

Have fun exploring the hidden gems of the Lake District, not necessarily just the fell tops – like this beautiful spot, looking down onto Castle Crag hill-fort, below High Raise (Far-Eastern Fells).

Castle Crag Fort


New ways to get closer to the Lakeland Fells

10th October 2013 in Cicerone Authors by Lesley
Mark Richards (centre) with some of the attendees at Keswick.

Mark Richards (centre) with some of the attendees at Keswick.

With Cicerone’s Lakeland Fellranger guidebook series now complete, and the new ‘Fellranger collection’ box sets just released, Mark Richards, author of the Fellranger guides, was bursting with excitement and enthusiasm as he talked to a packed audience at the Queens Head in Keswick. Organised by ‘Bookends’ of Keswick, the event was well attended, with fellwalking enthusiasts of all ages enjoying some of the secret routes and unusual views from Mark’s exhaustive explorations of the fells.

Mark will be giving a number of his inspirational talks, so do check our ‘Diary dates’ on the homepage for the latest information. The next talk will be at the Waterstones store in Kendal on Tuesday 29th October at 7pm. To book a ticket, click here for details.

If you’re interested in helping to look after the fells, a Friends of the Lake District FELL CARE DAY will be held on 17th October in Borrowdale.

Staff from the Rohan store in Keswick also came to hear Mark. Mark is a regular customer at the store, and more often than not can be found dressed top to toe in Rohan gear. As active fellwalkers, the guys at the store support Mark and ‘Fix the Fells’ by offering a selection of local walk leaflets, (free with a donation) which are taken from the Fellranger guidebooks, and sponsored by Cicerone.

Lakeland Fellranger Box-Set Collection

2nd October 2013 in Book Catalogue by Sarah

Earlier this year, Cicerone published the final guidebook – The Far Eastern Fells – in our Lakeland Fellranger series. Written by Mark Richards, the Fellranger guidebooks mix the perfect balance of inspiration and information as they provide a comprehensive guide to the fells of the Lake District.

In every book, a dedicated chapter covers each fell, with a variety of routes, both popular and undiscovered depicted on Harvey maps, and illustrated with Mark’s own hand-drawn topos and summit panoramas.

Lakeland Fellranger Box Set CollectionTo celebrate the completion of the series, we have created a specially designed box-set, which includes a copy of all 8 guidebooks in the range.

To take advantage of the Fellranger box-set, you’d best hurry, as the specially designed set has been produced as a Limited Edition. It’s its never too soon to start dropping hints for Christmas.

If you’ve already bought all eight Fellranger books you can just buy the box, together with a free index card (only available directly from Cicerone). To order a box, just call us on 01539 562069. Note we only have a limited number of boxes available.

In addition, you can track your progress with our handy peak bagging ticklists – simply download the list of fells, and keep a note of the date and a short account of when you walked each fell.



Cicerone and Rohan help to Fix the Fells of the Lake District

12th August 2013 in Cicerone Office by Lesley

Cicerone and Rohan have just launched a new range of leaflets which feature route extracts from Cicerone’s Lakeland FELLRANGER guidebooks by Mark Richards.


Christine (Rohan) and Lesley (Cicerone) with the new leaflets, outside the Rohan shop in Keswick

The idea is simple – pick up a walk leaflet, and all it costs you is a donation to help Fix the Fells. There are three separate walk leaflets available at the Rohan shop in Keswick; routes up Skiddaw, Walla Crag and the ever-popular Catbells are described with easy directions from the Rohan shop itself. Each walk is an extract from the relevant fell chapter in a Lakeland FELLRANGER guidebook. The full fell chapters in the guidebooks feature many more alternative routes, but the leaflets serve as an excellent introduction to the guidebook series.


Leaflets and Fix the Fells donation box in the Rohan shop, Keswick

Fix the Fells is a team of skilled rangers and volunteers who repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District with funding from donations and partners. Cicerone already regularly support Fix the Fells through sales of Great Mountain Days in the Lake District, also by Mark Richards. A further two walk leaflets are now planned for the Rohan shop in Ambleside, which will feature walks to the summit of Loughrigg and Wansfell, both easily accessible from the centre of Ambleside.

A pint of Fellranger please

1st July 2013 in Cicerone Authors, Cicerone Office by Sarah

To celebrate to publication of the final book – The Far Eastern Fells – in Cicerone’s Lakeland Fellranger series of guidebooks, we’ve teamed up with Dent Brewery to commission a limited edition beer.

Cicerone author Mark Richards is an avid beer drinker, and enjoys nothing more than a day on the fells, followed by a refreshing post-walk pint. Fellranger will be available from early July onwards – why not ask your landlord to stock it?

For a little extra fun, we will be giving away a Fellranger guidebook every single day the beer is available.

Here’s how to get involved:

1. Buy yourself a pint of Fellranger. If you’re feeling generous, buy your friends one too!

2. Take a photo of you and/or your group in the pub enjoying your pint – include the pump clip, or Fellranger beer mat in the photo so that we know you are drinking Fellranger.

3. Upload your photo to the Cicerone Flikr group with the tag ‘Fellranger‘ so we can find it. Don’t have a Flick account? Simply email it to, and we’ll upload it for you. Feel free to upload as many photos as you wish, but please keep the file size under 1mb per image.

Each day we will randomly select one winning photo – the owner of which will win a Fellranger guidebook of their choice.


The boring bit – T’s and C’s:

Please ensure you have the permission of everyone in the photo before you upload it – the Cicerone group is a public online photo gallery.

Do not upload or email any photos involving children – any that do will be removed in the interest of child protection.

There is no cash alternative to the prize.

A maximum of one book will be given away each day.


Lakeland Fellranger Tick Lists

17th June 2013 in Book Catalogue by Sarah

Walked all the Wainwrights? Bagged all the Munros? How about completing all the Fellrangers?

The 8-volume Lakeland Fellranger series provides a comprehensive guide to 227 fells of the Lake District.

Lakeland Fellranger

Each fell has its own dedicated chapter, and you can track your progress with our handy peak bagging ticklists – simply download the list for each book below, and keep a note of the date and description you walked each fell.

The North Western Fells

The Northern Fells

The Mid-Western Fells

The Western Fells

The Southern Fells

The Central Fells

The Near Eastern Fells

The Far Eastern Fells

Completers of all 227 FELLRANGER fell summits can be added to the official hillwalkers register, and apply for a certificate. For details on how to apply, please visit the LDWA website.


Walk With Mark Richards

1st May 2013 in Cicerone Authors by Steph

Here at Cicerone we hope that our guidebooks are so expertly written, it’s like having the author alongside you as you complete one of their routes. But this summer, we’re going one step further (no walking pun intended…)

We’ve teamed up with Large Outdoors, a fantastic guided walking company, to bring you a series of three guided walks from our Lakeland FELLRANGER series. Not only will you be taken expertly from start to finish with the Large Outdoors team, but you will also be in the company of Mark Richards – author of the FELLRANGER series.

High Street from above Bleawater Crag (The Far-Eastern Fells)

High Street from above Bleawater Crag (The Far-Eastern Fells)

So if you’d like to meet the man himself, get an insight into why set himself the task of writing eight books about 227 fells, and how he went about completing it you’re in the right place. And what better place to hear about it than halfway up a mountain?

There’s three walks to choose from: High Street on 20th July, Catbells on 21st July, and Wansfell on 18th August. Don’t worry about the difficulty – Catbells in particular is suitable for the whole family to enjoy, and you’ll be in safe hands with Mark and the Large Outdoors team.

For full details of the walks, and how to book your place on them, please visit the Large Outdoors website. Happy walking!


Talks, Books and Bargains

22nd April 2013 in Cicerone Authors by Steph

It must be the start of the prime walking season in Britain, as walking festivals are starting to appear thick and fast across the country. And, as well as some great walking opportunities these are also a chance to meet some Cicerone authors.

This weekend Ulverston is the place to be, with both the Ulverston Walking Festival and the Backpackers Club weekend both commencing on 27th April and based at Ford Park.

The Ulverston WalkFest runs from 27th April to 6th May, with a variety of events and walks on offer. Part of the schedule is an Outdoor Trade Show, on Saturday 27th at Ford Park, where you will find a Cicerone stand and an opportunity to browse through some of our titles, as well as several other outdoor retailers. Look out for prolific Cicerone author Paddy Dillon, who is sure to in attendance throughout the week.

The Backpackers AGM is running just for the weekend of 27th and 28th April, but it is a packed two days. On the Saturday is your chance to hear author Mark Richards talk about his Lakeland Fellranger series; and with the final volume arriving in June, what better time to get a little inspiration from the man himself?

From The Far Eastern Fells, by Mark Richards

Finally, on the Sunday, the Backpackers have organised a table-top sale. This is the time to bag a bargain, with many of our ‘seconds’ – previous print runs or old editions – on offer at knockdown prices.

If you’re not near Ulverston, but find yourself in the north east of England, there is a festival for you too. The Haltwhistle Walking Festival has the exact same dates as Ulverston, and on 29th April features a talk by Paddy Dillon on the Reivers Way – a route which he knows so well he literally wrote the book on it!

Don’t forget, you can keep track of many walking festivals on our homepage – keep an eye on the Diary Dates section on the right hand side. If you know of a festival that we haven’t mentioned on there, be sure to let us know and we’ll be happy to add it to the list.

Mark Richards; Leading the Future of Fellwalking

10th March 2013 in Cicerone Authors by Steph

Exactly 40 years ago on 10th March, a young man called Mark Richards built a stone cairn on Hare Shaw above Haweswater, among the eastern fells of the Lake District. Mark was one of the very few people to have accompanied Alfred Wainwright on a fell walk; evidenced by a grainy photograph taken by him that day, which depicts Alfred and his wife Betty on the summit of the neighbouring Hugh’s Laithes Pike – the exact date is noted on page 228 of AW’s Pictorial guide to the Outlying Fells.

Alfred and Betty Wainwright, Hugh Laithes Pike, Haweswater 10 March 1973

Recently Mark visited the same outlying fells as he completed the research for his final guidebook in the new Lakeland FELLRANGER series, and so the ‘baton’ of comprehensive guidebooks to England’s most beautiful mountain landscape is carried into a new generation.

The Far-Eastern FellsThe Lakeland FELLRANGER series aims to inspire, rather than instruct – in Mark’s words, ‘to unleash the latent wandering spirit in each one of us’. In eight volumes, each of the 227 fell chapters describes a plethora of walking routes of differing characters and difficulties which can easily be combined to make ascents, descents, traverses or ridge routes.

Two further anniversaries occur this month; it is 40 years since the publication of Mark Richards’ first guidebook (The Cotswold Way), and the publication of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk, for which Mark Richards also accompanied AW during his original research.

The publication of Mark’s guide The Far Eastern Fells on 15 June 2013 marks the completion of the Lakeland FELLRANGER series.

New Titles from Cicerone

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Guidebook for walking the South Downs Way National Trail, a glorious 100-mile (160km) national trail between Winchester and Eastbourne through the South Downs National Park, described in both directions over 12 stages. Easy walking on many ancient and historical tracks, fine wooded areas, delightful river valleys and lovely little villages. More »
Walking in Provence - East Walking in Provence - East
Guidebook to 30 varied day walks in the east of Provence in the Alpes Maritimes, Alpes de Haute-Provence and Mercantour, with practical information for the walker. Walks span from the Esterel on the coast to the Mercantour, and include the Verdon Gorge and Geological Reserve of Haute Provence, from bases such as Vence, Grasse and Digne-les-Bains. More »

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