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Going over Rivington Pike from the easier side

Feature · 14 Jul 2019

Lancashire Cycleway South: The ideal mini-tour

Richard Barrett encourages some keen cyclists to try a cycle tour for the first time by explaining to them that you can cycle tour in the style you prefer - hostels, hotels,...

My route used part of the spectacular Affric Kintail Way, here with the ridges rising to Mam Sodhail as backdrop

Feature · 22 Jun 2019

The Great Outdoors Challenge: A first-timer reflects

In the second of his two articles, Peter Aylmer looks back on his first TGO Challenge experience. Would the landscape, the camaraderie and the weather live up to expectations?

Lake District cycling with kids

Feature · 16 Jun 2019

Why you should get out more with the kids

Outdoors writer and primary school teacher Rachel Crolla, co-author of a new child-oriented guide to the Lake District, explains why having outdoor adventures with the children is...

Loch Enoch seen from Redstone Rig 13

Feature · 15 Jun 2019

Classic Galloway - wild landscapes of granite and peat bog

If you like your wild landscapes really wild, if you like your lakes to have whooper swans in the middle and no ice-cream vans around the edge, if you like to have one foot on...

Limestone Way in Derbyshire

Feature · 23 Feb 2019

Has England's trail system lost its way?

In little more than half a century Britain has developed a remarkable long-distance trail network that now numbers around 1500 paths and ways of all description. Like Scotland's 29 Great Trails, the 15 National Trails in England and Wales are held...

Cube Stereo Hybrid Pro at a cairn on Cam High Road during our Pennine Bridleway ride.

Feature · 19 Jan 2019

E-bikes: Innovative, fun and controversial

The mountain bike world loves its trends: 29-ers, 650b, 1x transmission and fat-bikes have all stirred the pot in recent years. But Jon Sparks doesn’t think any innovation has...

The Uig Hills seen from Ardroil

Feature · 19 Dec 2018

Helicopter Rescue in the Hebrides

A routine walk on the Isle of Lewis turned into a terrifying experience for Peter Edwards and some visiting friends when one of them fell 200ft off a cliff. It could have been a fatal accident, but for the commitment and bravery of the emergency...

Pic7 On Talkin Fell Above Geltsdale

Feature · 25 Nov 2018

In the garden of Eden

In an age when nature is constantly being pushed to the fringes – by housing, farming, infrastructure developments and by our own busy, urban-centric lives – encounters with wildlife are increasingly rare and increasingly precious. Vivienne...

Descending from the Glyders with Snowdon hiding in the clouds. Fastpacking in Snowdonia.

Feature · 21 Oct 2018

The joys of fastpacking

Lily Dyu recounts some of her most memorable adventures (and misadventures) while multi-day running.

Midcamp at the Strathcarron LAMM, 2014

Feature · 6 Oct 2018

Why you should do a mountain marathon, despite what you may think

Mountain marathons sound gruelling and intimidating, suitable only for the super-humans among us. But, as Alex Kendall explains, they are a lot more fun and achievable than they...

Southern Upland Way new bit: down the northeast ridge of Croft Head

Feature · 29 Jul 2018

Turning the Southern Upland Way into the Southern UPland Way

Ronald Turnbull takes a new look at Scotland's toughest waymarked trail, the Southern Upland Way. It's now more upland than ever before with a new high level route through the...

Heading back to Pen Ygrwyd with the Snowdon Horsehshoe straight ahead

Feature · 11 Jul 2018

The Brailsford Way: an ideal summer road ride around Snowdonia

Richard Barrett introduces the Brailsford Way: an ideal summer road ride around Snowdonia. Although there is not a Cicerone guidebook to the Brailsford Way, Richard shares his gpx...

The Way of the Roses runs between Morecambe in Lancashire and Bridlington in Yorkshire

Feature · 1 Jul 2018

Singing and Cycling on the Way of the Roses

Ever had a tune that just keeps going round in your head while you are cycling? Cicerone author Rachel Crolla had just that during research rides for her guidebook to Cycling the...

Top Ten Best Bits of Cycling the Way of the Roses

Feature · 26 May 2018

Top Ten Best Bits of Cycling the Way of the Roses

After cycling the Way of the Roses several times while writing her recent guidebook to the route, Rachel Crolla picks out some of her personal highlights along the 170-mile...

Banner Tmb Classic Lac Blanc View

Feature · 13 May 2018

Valley deep, mountain high: A journey towards the International Mountain Leader Award

For those wishing to trek the world's mountains, the highest standard of leadership is the International Mountain Leader Award, which a number of Cicerone writers hold. Andy...

Looking Back To The Mainland From Spurn Head Lighthouse

Feature · 6 May 2018

The England Coast Path: The challenge of plotting a path by the sea

In two years’ time the England Coast Path National Trail is due to be completed, but as Andrew McCloy discovered at Spurn Head, the shoreline is a dynamic and challenging place...

Banner An Awesome Feeling Of Space Beginning The Fast Descent To Airton

Feature · 14 Apr 2018

Cycling the 170-mile Way of the Roses in a day

Carl McKeating set out to cycle The Way of the Roses, a 170-mile national cycle route most commonly ridden over three days, in a day. He describes the personal challenge, the...

Approaching The Notch On The Infamous Yr Esgair Foel Goch

Feature · 12 Sept 2017

Scrambles in Snowdonia – updating a classic guidebook

Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla updated Steve Ashton’s classic guide book Scrambles in Snowdonia. They reflect on the experience and responsibility of handling one of the...

Trail And Fell Running In The  Lake  District

Feature · 24 Apr 2017

Lake District fell running - the lure of the fells

Kingsley Jones lives in Ambleside and is the author of Cicerone's ‘Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District’. The project has been a personal journey and has taken years to...

Damian Hall SWCP Record

Feature · 11 Jul 2016

In The Long Run - South West Coast Path Record

Running the South West Coast Path marked the culmination of a journey from hiker to runner for Cicerone guidebook author Damian Hall. On the 24th of May Damian reached Minehead,...