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1984 Blencathra

Article · 1 Jan 2022

Homage to a faithful friend

2021 marked the 60th anniversary of Clive Darley's Point Five Duvet, which he bought as a young man to go on an expedition to Spitzbergen. It served him well over six decades on expeditions across the globe, even if its appearance now looks somewhat...

Christmas-card-2021

Article · 24 Dec 2021

Merry Christmas from the Cicerone team

Wishing outdoor enthusiasts everywhere a safe and healthy Christmas. All the best for 2022.

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Article · 18 Dec 2021

Winter walking on South Uist

In the Hebrides, snow is rare and fleeting. In 2021 the first real winter conditions arrived on South Uist in late January - worth getting out the boots for an excursion to Thacla.

Snowy paths on the mountainside

Article · 11 Dec 2021

Chasing the first snow in the French Pyrenees

Ever since Alecsa Stewart moved to a valley at the foot of the French Pyrenees, the high-altitude peaks surrounding it have been an indicator of the weather patterns and the...

Fishing the Atlantic breakers at Barradinha cove

Article · 4 Dec 2021

A week on the Trilho dos Pescadores (Fisherman's Trail)

Somehow the Rota Vicentina, a collection of hiking routes through the south-west Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park of Portugal, entered the consciousness of Steve Barham...

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Article · 20 Nov 2021

Bikepacking New Zealand's Tour Aotearoa

Stephen Dunnett believes that an ‘impossible’ bikepacking trip of a lifetime may not be beyond the reach of the average fit and experienced cyclist. Here, drawing on his experience of completing the Tour Aotearoa in 2020, he suggests how you...

The high balcon Day 2

Article · 13 Nov 2021

Autumn tour of the Aiguilles Rouges

Iain Davidson gives an account of his five-day tour around the Aiguilles Rouges mountains near Chamonix. Close to the end of the season, the trail was undertaken in a fast and light style, staying in mountain huts and camping in the Chamonix valley...

The Valbona valley from the top of the pass

Article · 6 Nov 2021

Walking the Peaks of the Balkans Trail

In late May Cicerone author Alex Kendall and his friend Dieter walked the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circuit through the Dinaric Alps of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro

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Article · 30 Oct 2021

A slow trek in Lapland

Eberhard Leutz describes a walk on Kalottireitti/Nordkalottruta from Kilpisjärvi (Finland) to Reisadalen in Norway with his 8-year-old son

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Article · 16 Oct 2021

Climbing Aconcagua: the world's highest trekking peak

After ticking off Kilimanjaro and Elbrus, Peter Watson headed to the Andes to attempt his third Seven Summit. Aconcagua may not require mountaineering skills, but this hulk of...

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Article · 9 Oct 2021

10 days walking northern Spain’s GR1 - the Sendero Historico

Warwick Sprawson's trip along part of the GR1 in northern Spain led him through abandoned villages, past crumbling castles and to local fiestas

Penderyn Distillery

Article · 2 Oct 2021

Gravel biking the Heads of the Valleys route

Richard Barrett, author of Cycle Touring in Wales and Cycling Lon Las Cymru, describes a short break riding along the Heads of the Valleys cycle route, a hidden gem, two-thirds of...

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Article · 18 Sept 2021

Cherry-picking routes on the Pacific Crest Trail

Time. We only have so much. The Pacific Crest Trail can be one of the most enjoyable treks of a lifetime, but it takes five to six months. Mark McLain gives a couple of examples...

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Article · 11 Sept 2021

Highlights of the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail

Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig, the authors of Cicerone's Trekking the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail, have made a film of the highlights of the 272km trail through France's Velay and...

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Article · 4 Sept 2021

A spotlight on the Austrian Alpine Club

The AAC(UK) is one of the best UK mountaineering clubs with thousands of UK and overseas members. The mission of the club is to help people get into the mountains they love and to have fun there – a mission and philosophy very similar to...

Rhone

Article · 28 Aug 2021

Walking the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome

Christine Evans decided to walk the Via Francigana from Canterbury to Rome in honour of her late mother. Here she describes two days from the middle section in Switzerland, which...

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Article · 21 Aug 2021

Discovering the Isle of Rum

Ester Carlomagno spent two months living on the Isle of Rum, volunteering at the Rum National Nature Reserve, where she went walking whenever the weather allowed

Ben Vane

Article · 14 Aug 2021

6 Scottish routes to prepare you for high mountain treks

In terms of terrain, the Scottish mountains are a fantastic training ground when planning a trek or a climb overseas, says Sean McBride

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Article · 24 Jul 2021

Grand Traverse of the Central Massif by mountain bike

The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central (the route from Avallon to Besse-en-Chandesse) provided Joost Ameye with 14 days of beautiful landscapes and exhilarating rides on a...

Trimley Marshes

Article · 17 Jul 2021

The Stour and Orwell Walk in a day

During lockdown, Stephen Dunnett set himself the challenge of keeping it local by exploring the long-distance routes in his home county of Suffolk. He suggests that this is a quiet part of the country worthy of consideration for a walking trip.