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Watching the sun set over Les Dents Blanches

Article · 23 Jan 2019

Les Dents Blanches: Snowshoeing and ski touring in Samoëns, France

At the end of the impressive, deeply gouged U-shaped Haute Giffre valley, the village of Samoëns provides an access point for a range of winter snowsports.

2 The Garonne Canal offers one of the best routes on traffic-free asphalted paths

Feature · 12 Jan 2019

The Canal de la Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse – a cyclist’s dream

The Canal de la Garonne links the two historical cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse. It passes through countryside laden with charm and culture, all of it haunted by the shadow of...

Chapelle De Therese At Montclard Walk 9

News · 27 Dec 2018

The Dordogne: top 5 travel destination in 2019

The Dordogne, France, has been named by National Geographic as one of the top 5 world’s most exciting destinations in 2019.

View of the Combin with Cabane de Louvie far below by the lake

Article · 26 Dec 2018

Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn in 27 variants: the slow process of updating a guidebook

When Lesley, Jonathan and Maddy Williams updated Kev Reynolds’ Chamonix to Zermatt guide, it gave them an insight into the daily challenges faced by Cicerone’s guidebook...

Ruins of Roman aqueduct near Ars-sur-Moselle

Feature · 7 Oct 2018

Discover the history of the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine

Carroll Dorgan, the author of Cicerone’s guidebook to the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine, described the highlights of that trail in a previous Cicerone Extra article. Here, he...

Fields, trees and big sky near Rosières-en-Haye (Lorraine)

Feature · 29 Sep 2018

Discover the highlights of Benelux and Lorraine on the GR5 Trail

The GR5 is a long trek, running all the way from the Hoek van Holland to Nice in France, crossing the French alps along the way. The northern part of the GR5 trail, through...

1 Chapelle St Michel Le Puy

Article · 16 Sep 2018

The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail: The GR70 across the French Cevennes

Clive Darley treks the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes in a variety of bad weather, grim weather and horrendous weather. Nevertheless he finds plenty to...

Descending the Col de l'Izoard

Article · 11 Aug 2018

Top tips for cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes

Jonathan cycled the Route des Grandes Alpes to celebrate his birthday and learned vital lessons along the way. He now has an abundance of advice to share with others on how to...

H A Fine Road Leads South From The Bonette

Feature · 15 Jul 2018

Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

Jonathan and I took on our biggest cycling challenge yet, to ride 650km and climb 15000 metres in 9 days, creating a sort of elegant reversed question mark shape as we tackled the...

Peyrepertuse Castle

Article · 4 Jul 2018

Hidden Gem – have you ever visited the Cathar castles of southern France?

Dating from the religious turmoil of a period between 1000 to 1250AD, the castles built and occupied by the Cathars are found on high rocky outcrops, and command fantastic views...

Matterhorn Banner

Article · 27 Jun 2018

12 things I learned from my recent trip to the Alps

Cicerone’s Joe Williams recently returned from a two-week holiday in the Alps. The original plan had been to do some alpine climbing, but snow and weather caused a change of...

The Refuge de Bellachat (2152m)

Article · 23 Jun 2018

One of the best mountain huts of all time, according to Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds describes one of his favourite mountain huts of all time, the Refuge de Bellachat in the Mont Blanc range in France.

Chapelle St Michel Near Lac Noir

Article · 20 May 2018

The Clarée Valley in the Briançonnais: A jewel in the Alpine crown

Andrew McCluggage waxes lyrical about a beautiful, and almost secret, valley in the Briançonnais area of France and explains why he thinks the Clarée Valley is a true jewel of...

7  Lac De Montriond

Article · 22 Apr 2018

Smuggling in the Haute Savoie

The eastern border of the Haute Savoie runs along the high peaks and passes between France and Switzerland, in the area known as the Chablais. Now it is easy to cross from one side to the other in both summer and winter, but what many do not realise...

Chamanna Coaz at the head of Val Roseg in the Bernina Alps

Article · 8 Apr 2018

Practicalities of staying in a mountain hut

It is important, when planning a mountain trip – especially out of season – to do your homework first. Will the huts be open and manned? Will there be room? What facilities...

Running To The Refuge De Loriaz

Article · 30 Mar 2018

Winter trail running adventures in Chamonix

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to hang up your trail shoes in exchange for skis.​Trail runner Kingsley Jones trains year-round, and if you know what you’re...

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Feature · 17 Mar 2018

A Trail of Two Cities: A new route from London to Paris by bicycle

Mike Wells’ new guidebook to cycling from London to Paris outlines a proposed route to reach Paris by bike for the 2024 Olympics, but you can ride it now!

Meeting point of three French routes at Hiriburia

Feature · 28 Feb 2018

An intro to… The Way of St James - France

An intro to… The Way of St James - France, answering questions like 'What's so special about St James?', 'What does the scallop shell mean?' and 'How fit do I need to be?'.

3  From The Col Des Ottans

Article · 24 Feb 2018

The Tour du Ruan - unknown to all but a few

According to David Burrows, there’s something good about walking in circles rather than in straight lines, and the Tour du Ruan didn’t disappoint.

9  The Confluence Of The Dordogne And Vezere Rivers

Article · 18 Feb 2018

Rediscovering the Dordogne

The Dordogne river flows through some of the most beautiful countryside in France, its banks lined with picturesque towns and cliff-top castles. Updating the walks for the new edition of Walking in the Dordogne enabled co-author Pamela Harris to...