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Alex Kendall live

Live · 7 Jul 2020

Walking in Snowdonia with Alex Kendall

Looking to discover new places to walk in Snowdonia this summer? Alex Kendall, international mountain leader and author of three Cicerone guidebooks to Snowdonia, offers some advice and inspiration in our latest Tune-in Tuesday live event.

Paddy Dillon backpacking live

Live · 16 Jun 2020

Paddy Dillon chats about backpacking and the best lightweight kit

Paddy Dillon has spent a lifetime walking, trekking and backpacking. Here he provides advice and top tips on how to go about backpacking in the UK, and how to keep the weight you...

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Feature · 13 Jun 2020

Guidebooks: a source of inspiration and memory

Mark Charlton reflects on his love of guidebooks and the memories of walking and trekking around the world that each contains.

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Article · 7 Jun 2020

The trials, tribulations, and joys of writing a guidebook to the West Highland Way

Terry Marsh reflects on the trials and tribulations – and joys – of writing and maintaining his guidebook to the West Highland Way.

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Feature · 3 Jun 2020

Self-isolating on the North Kent Marshes

In strange times, Julian Stray was heeding current advice from Public Health England. The weekend called for a break from the week's working from home and to distance himself from four walls if possible. Where better than to enjoy the wide open...

A mountain, a ridgeline, and a man in a red jacket – 'unoriginal and lacking spark' but just right for a guidebook. Stob Ghabhar

Feature · 27 May 2020

How to write a guidebook: Jack or Jill of all trades – and master of... guidebook writing

Ronald Turnbull explains how writing is a rather small part of being a guidebook writer as well as dismissing once and for all some popular misconceptions about his chosen career.

England's best bog: Great Moss in upper Eskdale

Feature · 12 May 2020

A Very British Bog

Ronald Turnbull remembers encounters with quagmires, morasses, bogs, fens, flows, sloughs and other soggy bits of Britain. He is doing his best to help you avoid yearning for the hills and perhaps make you slightly happier about being stuck at home...

Take a moment to enjoy Snowdonia

Feature · 8 May 2020

Meet our Cicerone Connect members: "Oh the places we have been!"

Cicerone Connect, our new Facebook community, has become a brilliant place to share your trip photos, planning questions and bucket-list ideas. We thought we'd share a few...

Heather moorlands. Taken from Terry's guidebook to the Coast to Coast

Feature · 6 May 2020

The beginning of a long walking career

Theresa May famously gave Angela Merkel a copy of one of Terry Marsh's guidebooks. Terry is one of Cicerone's longest-running authors and here he looks back at where his love of walking came from.

Trekking in the Himalayan foothills

Feature · 4 May 2020

The joy of walking

Kev Reynolds has been reflecting on why he fell in love with walking many, many years ago and, despite only being allowed to walk circuits of his miniature garden, he is still daydreaming of walking holidays.

Photo by Matt Seymour on Unsplash

Article · 29 Apr 2020

Whinge along with me

Kev Reynolds is famous among walkers and trekkers as one of the most prolific guidebook writers of all time (maybe). As a 'vulnerable' person he is limited to walking around his small garden and he's gone completely stir-crazy. Here he expresses his...

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News · 23 Mar 2020

Outdoor recreation leaders urge public to stay local if getting active outside

A group of 35 leading national outdoor activity, tourism, nature, health and rescue organisations, has come together to back the Prime Minister’s call for the public to behave...

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News · 23 Mar 2020

Mountain Rescue England and Wales response to Coronavirus, COVID-19

Mountain Rescue England and Wales plea: "If you are going to go out, you should walk, climb or cycle well within your capabilities so that you can keep yourself safe and not need...

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Feature · 22 Mar 2020

The Yorkshire Three Peaks – with added challenge

Having taken on the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Cicerone sales rep James Benson found he was running out of light and time. At least he had his map… oh. Luckily, help was to hand.

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Article · 19 Mar 2020

Walking from home

During this time of self-isolation and social distancing Paddy Dillon is making the most of his local area with walks from his front door.

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Feature · 18 Mar 2020

UK ideas – stay safe, and stay wild

When fear of transmission of disease is all around us, how can we consider taking short breaks and holidays responsibly? The answer is, for the time being, we can't. This article sets out some suggestions for activities that might, in the future, be...

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Feature · 11 Mar 2020

A walk through history on The Vanguard Way

Ali Rowsell follows in the footsteps of The Vanguards to discover an easily accessible, high-quality route through open countryside and woodland. With far-reaching views across...

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Feature · 9 Feb 2020

A wee tour of Ben Nevis: A multi-day hike around 'the Ben'

The Annapurna Circuit and the tours of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa are just a few of the routes that journey around those high mountains and draw the adventurous...

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Article · 4 Jan 2020

Which coastal path should you choose?

Choosing your next trip can be tricky, especially when you’re presented with a range of great options. Even if you’ve narrowed it down to a particular type of holiday, there are still so many to choose from. This is Cicerone’s guide to...

The Great Glen Way

Feature · 29 Dec 2019

What Cicerone staff have been doing this year... 2019

Everyone who works at Cicerone is a bit of a fleece-wearing outdoor adventure junkie and we try to practice what we preach. Here's what we've all been up to in 2019.