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Pulsatilla anemones

Article · 27 Mar 2019

Spring flower walks in the Haute Savoie

A visit to the mountains of the Haute Savoie is always an enjoyable experience, but is especially so in spring and early summer if you are a lover of alpine flowers, says Pamela Harris.

Traversing

Article · 23 Mar 2019

Above the waves: via ferrata in Catalunya

Following a via ferrata (iron path) is a popular activity in some mountain regions, and Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig tried two in Catalunya during their walking holiday. Although...

005 Schattenmühle is a guesthouse right in the gorge, at the end of day 2.

Article · 16 Mar 2019

Hiking the Schluchtensteig – exploring the gorgeous Black Forest in Germany

The name Schluchtensteig literally means gorge climb, but Kat Morgenstern prefers a more liberal translation. Gorgeous ramble would perfectly befit this beautiful trail through...

Parenzana cycle route just outside Grožnjan, Istria, Croatia. © Rudolf Abraham

Article · 6 Mar 2019

Pedalling the Parenzana: a long-distance cycle route in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy

Cicerone author Rudolf Abraham and his young daughter set off on the Parenzana, a long-distance cycle route in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.

1 Strathcarron

Article · 20 Feb 2019

The Great Outdoors Challenge: Prep and planning

Peter Aylmer prepares for the annual event that stretches coast-to-coast across the Scottish Highlands, where one of the first challenges is to make it into the ballot. Here he...

View of the Combin with Cabane de Louvie far below by the lake

Article · 26 Dec 2018

Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn in 27 variants: the slow process of updating a guidebook

When Lesley, Jonathan and Maddy Williams updated Kev Reynolds’ Chamonix to Zermatt guide, it gave them an insight into the daily challenges faced by Cicerone’s guidebook...

We explored the ruins; walked among the crumbling walls

Article · 23 Dec 2018

A forgotten castle in Northern Cyprus

While exploring the trails in Northern Cyprus, a forgotten castle in the Kyrenia Range grabbed the attention of Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig, and a narrow trail begged to be explored.

Some of the old Cicerone guides with different logos and the price in shillings

Article · 8 Dec 2018

Cicerone Press at 50: From then to now

In this abridged extract from Fifty Years of Adventure, Kev Reynolds and Jonathan Williams look back at Cicerone's story, from then to now.

Mid-winter afternoon sun over the Telemark, north of Rjukan on the Hardangervidda plateau.

Article · 2 Dec 2018

Sub-zero on the Telemark: Iceclimbing and other activities in Norway

Rjukan in Norway is the ultimate winter outdoor adventure location, offering plentiful opportunities to explore and participate in the range of activities on its doorstep. Ali...

A cloud inversion in the Italian Alps on the Grand Traversata delle Alpi. Photo by Chris Councell.

Article · 17 Nov 2018

A Q&A with Lily Dyu, the fastpacking guru

Lily Dyu talks to Cicerone about what fastpacking means to her, how she got into the sport, and some of the challenges she has faced whilst out running.

Superb views from the Hohturli Pass The Alpine Pass Route Switzerland

Article · 17 Oct 2018

What is fastpacking?

Lily Dyu explains the concept of fastpacking: a fast-growing niche in the world of trail running.

Infierno peaks over Ibón de Respomuso

Article · 12 Sep 2018

The GR11 – the Atlantic to the Mediterranean through the Spanish Pyrenees

The GR11 is a glorious 820km traverse of the Pyrenees on a well-waymarked trail through Spain and Andorra. And if it’s solitude among spectacular scenery you’re after, Brian...

Banner Mt Caterina Egypts Highest Mountain

Article · 8 Sep 2018

Walking Egypt’s most popular mountains

One is Egypt's highest mountain, and one is its most popular. But, despite being so close to each other, these two mountains attract very different audiences. Christine Gordon climbed both to find out why.

High above Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, another intermediate bikepacking route

Article · 26 Aug 2018

What is bikepacking?

Jim Sutherland explains what bikepacking is: the combination of lightweight backpacking with mountain biking, or touring on a mixture of roads, gravel tracks, single track and sometimes walking paths for multiple days with an overnight stop.

The bike insisted on a selfie with Eric

Article · 8 Jul 2018

Sitting on the dock of the Bay: enjoying the Morecambe Bay Cycleway

Mark Sutcliffe discovers the Bay Cycleway, an epic new cycle route skirting the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay and linking the Furness Peninsulas, undiscovered gems of the...

The Test at Wherwell

Article · 7 Jul 2018

Chalk hills and watermills along Hampshire's Test Way

Malcolm Leatherdale, author of the Cicerone guidebook to the Test Way, explores the River Test and its important economic history. He visits plenty of mills along the way,...

Lonely signs like this point the way along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. (Camino Frances of the Camino de Santiago)

Article · 30 Jun 2018

Discovering the joy of long-distance pilgrimage walking and why one camino is never enough.

Sandy Brown reflects on the importance of a camino. Whether you walk the camino for religious, spiritual, adventurous or other reasons, the camino is sure to have a profound...

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.

Deciduous Oaks Large

Article · 23 May 2018

A perfect day in a place called Hell

There is a walkers’ paradise in Extremadura called the Narrow Pass of Hell. On a beautiful last Sunday in February, Gisela Radant Wood found out how it got its name.

The Carn Mor Dearg Arete And The Ascent Of Ben Nevis

Article · 15 Apr 2018

The Lochaber 4000s

There are only nine mountains over 4000ft in the UK, and they are all in Scotland. It’s a big but manageable day to walk the four in Lochaber in one go but Alex Kendall gives it a try.