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Article · 2 Jan 2019

Celebrating Fifty Years... Enduring Cicerone titles

If you look on the website, you will see that Cicerone has an enviable, and really quite staggering, collection of nearly 400 titles, available as both printed books and e-books...

Some of the old Cicerone guides with different logos and the price in shillings

Article · 8 Dec 2018

Cicerone Press at 50: From then to now

In this abridged extract from Fifty Years of Adventure, Kev Reynolds and Jonathan Williams look back at Cicerone's story, from then to now.

Via Ferratas connect the summits of the Nordkette

Article · 10 Oct 2018

Innsbruck Mountain Adventures – summer routes for a multi-activity alpine holiday

With autumn here, it’s time to consider your next summer holiday. You love the outdoors and like to try a variety of activities rather than just a single activity trip, but you...

The glacial bowl with the Sulzenau Alm ahead

Article · 19 Sep 2018

An intro to... Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps

How about a destination combining a variety of outdoor adventures and vibrant culture alongside quick access to the mountains? Welcome to Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps.

High above Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, another intermediate bikepacking route

Article · 26 Aug 2018

What is bikepacking?

Jim Sutherland explains what bikepacking is: the combination of lightweight backpacking with mountain biking, or touring on a mixture of roads, gravel tracks, single track and sometimes walking paths for multiple days with an overnight stop.

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Article · 15 Aug 2018

The ups and downs of RideLondon: cycling 100 miles in the rain

Hannah recently had the experience of cycling 100+ miles around London and Surrey. Here she reflects on the ups and downs of her first major sportive.

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...

Descent from Bonnette

Article · 13 Jul 2018

E-bikes are just for softies

I’ve never been a strong cyclist, but until recently I’ve always enjoyed cycling. Now I simply love it! This is not just an isolated remark overheard in a pub, it’s a growing phenomenon, and cyclists who scorn e-bike riders should pause to...

The bike insisted on a selfie with Eric

Article · 8 Jul 2018

Sitting on the dock of the Bay: enjoying the Morecambe Bay Cycleway

Mark Sutcliffe discovers the Bay Cycleway, an epic new cycle route skirting the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay and linking the Furness Peninsulas, undiscovered gems of 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...

Descent to Halton Gill, Littondale (Route 10)

Article · 9 May 2018

Hidden Gem – Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Our Hidden Gem of the month is Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. With 25 routes on quiet lanes throughout the national park, including the Prologue stage of the 2014 Tour de France,...

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Article · 18 Nov 2017

Bikepacking the Moray Coast Trail

Jim Sutherland describes his bikepacking trip along the Moray Coast Trail in Scotland - plenty of hills, laughs and some good food.

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Article · 18 Oct 2017

Stories from a Slowcoach Triathlete

I usually prefer to be behind the scenes, or in the back of photos, slightly out of focus or obscured by someone else’s arm. I have never felt confident enough to share my blog posts alongside those of Joe (UTMB and Glencoe skyline runner),...

Tour De France 2017

Article · 21 Jul 2017

A brief history of the Tour de France

The Tour de France is an annual cycling spectacle held primarily in France. But how did it start? Why does the leader wear a yellow jersey? Here is a brief history of the race from the Cicerone guidebook to Cycle Touring in France.

Linen Dale Near Eyam

Article · 19 Jul 2017

What is a gravel bike? Chiz Dakin explains

Chiz Dakin has been enjoying riding a gravel bike for the new edition of Cycling in the Peak District. Here she explains exactly what a gravel bike is.

Things to do in Scotland this Summer

Article · 13 Jul 2017

Things to do in Scotland this Summer

Scotland is a veritable paradise for outdoor enthusiasts - there's so much to do here so why not try something new? Here's a little overview of things to do in Scotland this Summer.

The towpath leaving Toulouse

Article · 21 Jun 2017

5 great days out along the Canal du Midi cycle route

Cycling the Canal du Midi makes for a wonderful and not too difficult tour from Toulouse to Sète in France. The 260km route can easily be cycled in a week although it is worth...

Cycle touring in north west Scotland – how to have a birthday micro-adventure

Article · 31 May 2017

Cycle touring in north west Scotland – how to have a birthday micro-adventure

Cicerone's Joe Williams spent the bank holiday weekend cycle touring in Wester Ross with his girlfriend Caroline. They endured vicious midges and sore bums, but the scenery and...

The history of the Cathars along the Canal du Midi

Article · 24 May 2017

The history of the Cathars along the Canal du Midi

In this extract from his guidebook, Declan Lyons gives a little background to the Cathars - signs of whom still exist along the Canal du Midi cycle route.

An intro to... the Loire Cycle Route

Article · 22 Apr 2017

An intro to... the Loire Cycle Route

Have you ever wanted to do the Loire Cycle Route? Here is a very quick introduction to this delightful cycle tour through France.