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Nice wide easy cycling along the Via de la plata

Article · 19 Mar 2022

Timmy Mallet – cycling the Ruta Via de la Plata

When a small window of opportunity opened up to go on a cycle trip, Timmy Mallett and his friend Gary decided to explore the mysterious Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Sunrise Towards Crib Goch

Article · 12 Mar 2022

The Welsh 3000s in a day

In the summer between national Covid lockdowns, Lou Stone took on the Welsh 3000s in a day. A bunkhouse had become unexpectedly available, the forecast was glorious, she was feeling deprived of adventure, and so it was irresistible.

Cathar Castles 3

Article · 5 Mar 2022

The unmissable castles of the Cathar Way

While researching the new edition of Cicerone’s guidebook for The Cathar Way, a 260km long-distance path through Languedoc in Southern France, Luke Smith and Nell Sleet trekked to all nine of the medieval castles that emerge from the rocky...

Wild Photography Holidays

Article · 26 Feb 2022

How to photograph the northern lights

Seeing the northern lights can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photographing this spectacular, natural phenomenon is difficult, but James Rushforth has this advice.

Drove Road over Minch Moor

Article · 19 Feb 2022

A 2-week adventure on The Southern Upland Way

Kathryn Shore was looking for a walking adventure with minimal disruptions. With the route already defined and the accommodation flexible, walking a National Trail with a tent...

Walla Crag

Article · 12 Feb 2022

Our tour of the Lake District

With Europe off limits because of Covid, avid walkers Austin Mills and his wife Ginny decided to see what great routes the UK has to offer, and ended up in the Lake District

Jordi Ribo 5

Article · 5 Feb 2022

La Palma's changed landscape

The volcanic eruption on La Palma in 2021 caused extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools, churches, farms and agricultural land. For anyone thinking of visiting the island, Paddy Dillon outlines what this means for walking routes in his...

Trotternish Ridge

Article · 29 Jan 2022

Walking the Skye Trail during Covid

The Skye Trail is not as well trodden as the West Highland Way or Great Glen Way but, as Henry Clifford found out, this creates an even more magical route

Above Llyn Clywedog

Article · 22 Jan 2022

The beauty and the trials of Glyndŵr's Way: Part 2

After two years of fitting in sections between lockdowns, Emma Sawyer and her friend Haf finally reached the end of Glyndŵr's Way

hiker rests

Article · 15 Jan 2022

Romania's lesser-known mountain ranges

First-time visitors to Romania often make their way to well-known mountain ranges such as the Bucegi, the Făgăraş, the Piatra Craiului and the Retezat. But Romania’s natural riches have much more to offer.

Bawdsey Quay

Article · 8 Jan 2022

The Suffolk Coast Path in a day - completing the trilogy

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 completed the Sandlings Walk...

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.

summit

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