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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...

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...

Approaching Montségur

Article · 20 Jan 2018

The Cathar Way in Spring - quiet, sunny and perfect for orchids

Regular guest bloggers Carol and Jim Watson share their memories of walking the Cathar Way in springtime.

The Shapely Volcanic Cone Of Puy Griou 1690M In The Monts Du Cantal 600X450

Article · 9 Sep 2017

Hiking in the Volcanic Beauty of the Auvergne (Tell Us Your Story)

Guest blogger Mick Borroff recounts a trip walking in the Auvergne - fantastic views, butterflies and cheese made Mick really enjoy his time in this part of France.

A rustic signpost on the GR5 trail

Article · 16 Aug 2017

An intro to... The GR5 Trail from the Hook of Holland to Nice

What do you need to know about the GR5 trail? Here's a quick overview of this epic long-distance route from the Hook of Holland to Nice.

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.

The Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park

Article · 8 Jul 2017

The Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park

Jonathan reports back from a quick trip to walk the Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park, south of Mont Blanc.

(Photo by Kev Reynolds taken from 'Walking in the Alps')

Article · 5 Jul 2017

How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?

Kev Reynolds, author, speaker and expert on all things mountainous, answers the often asked question: "How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?".

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...

Wildlife spotting in the Haute Savoie

Article · 14 Jun 2017

Wildlife spotting in the Haute Savoie

The Haute Savoie region of France contains many nature reserves where plants and animals are protected. As well as enjoying the immense beauty of the walker's paradise that is the Haute Savoie, you have an excellent chance of spotting wildlife.

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.

Rhone River Cycle Route

Article · 21 Oct 2016

An intro to...the River Rhone Cycle Route

Everything you need to know about the River Rhone Cycle Route, because everyone should do at least one European cycle touring adventure.