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Article · 18 Jul 2020

In a spin - a poem by Kev Reynolds

Even with a guidebook in your hand you can still get lost, or think you are, as Kev Reynolds bemoans in this poem

The West Highland Way

Article · 15 Jul 2020

This is NOT the West Highland Way...

Not the West Highland Way by Ronald Turnbull offers all the benefits of the West Highland Way trail with some additional tracks that are guaranteed to inspire the explorer within you

A gem of a trail

Feature · 11 Jul 2020

Exploring mountain bike trails in Rwanda

Mountain bike enthusiast and Cicerone author Jan Bakker is on a quest to find mountain bike tracks in the east-central African country of Rwanda

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Feature · 8 Jul 2020

Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards

OK, Cicerone’s Jonathan Williams didn’t really walk the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards, he just went the 'wrong' way round.

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Article · 17 Jun 2020

The Lost Garden: discovering Kent's Himalayan garden

Kev Reynolds, author of Walking in Kent, reminisces about taking a walking holiday group to visit a 19th century Himalayan garden in the grounds of a Kent estate.

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Live · 9 Jun 2020

Adrian Trendall chats about his new guidebook to Skye's Cuillin Ridge

We were live with Adrian Trendall talking about his new guidebook to Skye's Cuillin Ridge traverse. Find out why Joe has failed to do the route twice and some of Adrian's top tips...

Millarochy Bay, Loch Lomond

Article · 7 Jun 2020

The trials, tribulations, and joys of writing a guidebook to the West Highland Way

Terry Marsh reflects on the trials and tribulations – and joys – of writing and maintaining his guidebook to the West Highland Way.

A curlew seen on a previous walk in the North Pennines

Article · 6 Jun 2020

Respite in the North Pennines

Amid a growing level of cabin-fever, Cumbria-based outdoor writer Vivienne Crow finds respite and a much-needed sense of perspective in the North Pennines.

A mountain, a ridgeline, and a man in a red jacket – 'unoriginal and lacking spark' but just right for a guidebook. Stob Ghabhar

Feature · 27 May 2020

How to write a guidebook: Jack or Jill of all trades – and master of... guidebook writing

Ronald Turnbull explains how writing is a rather small part of being a guidebook writer as well as dismissing once and for all some popular misconceptions about his chosen career.

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Video · 24 May 2020

Live video: Paul Besley chats about his new guidebook to walking in the White Peak East.

We were live with Paul Besley talking about his new guidebook to walking in the White Peak East. Learn how to pronounce Eyam, what a well dressing is and why you shouldn't ask...

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Feature · 23 May 2020

A dog's dilemma

Kev Reynolds ponders the issues faced by dogs and their people during lockdown... Our thanks to some of our favourite Cicerone dogs, past and present, for their contribution in illustrating this poem!

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Article · 17 May 2020

The awkwardness of book ideas in August

Ronald Turnbull on the particular difficulties you can encounter when pitching a book idea to Cicerone in August - normally peak holiday season.

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Article · 16 May 2020

County Durham – land of the Prince Bishops

Paddy Dillon explains why he returns to walk in County Durham again and again, and why each time is different.

England's best bog: Great Moss in upper Eskdale

Feature · 12 May 2020

A Very British Bog

Ronald Turnbull remembers encounters with quagmires, morasses, bogs, fens, flows, sloughs and other soggy bits of Britain. He is doing his best to help you avoid yearning for the hills and perhaps make you slightly happier about being stuck at home...

Heather moorlands. Taken from Terry's guidebook to the Coast to Coast

Feature · 6 May 2020

The beginning of a long walking career

Theresa May famously gave Angela Merkel a copy of one of Terry Marsh's guidebooks. Terry is one of Cicerone's longest-running authors and here he looks back at where his love of walking came from.

Trekking in the Himalayan foothills

Feature · 4 May 2020

The joy of walking

Kev Reynolds has been reflecting on why he fell in love with walking many, many years ago and, despite only being allowed to walk circuits of his miniature garden, he is still daydreaming of walking holidays.

Photo by Matt Seymour on Unsplash

Article · 29 Apr 2020

Whinge along with me

Kev Reynolds is famous among walkers and trekkers as one of the most prolific guidebook writers of all time (maybe). As a 'vulnerable' person he is limited to walking around his small garden and he's gone completely stir-crazy. Here he expresses his...

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Article · 24 Mar 2020

Living among trees

Kev Reynolds describes life in his old home in Kent, where the trees surrounding the house obscured the view of Ashdown Forest, but that was just fine. Illustrations by Clare Crooke.

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Article · 21 Mar 2020

Springtime walks in confinement

Confinement has put normal life on hold in France. But for Cicerone author Hilary Sharp, who lives in Provence, brief walks in the local area to enjoy the spring sunshine and flowers are still a vital part of her daily routine.

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Feature · 15 Mar 2020

From roadside to mountain top: Taking photographs in Skye’s Cuillin Mountains

Scotland’s Isle of Skye is a top tourist destination; its mountains a mecca for climbers and walkers but also a stunning opportunity for photographers of all abilities and...