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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.

Linen Dale Near Eyam

Article · 19 Jul 2017

What is a gravel bike? Chiz Dakin explains

Chiz Dakin has been enjoying riding a gravel bike for the new edition of Cycling in the Peak District. Here she explains exactly what a gravel bike is.

Things to do in Scotland this Summer

Article · 13 Jul 2017

Things to do in Scotland this Summer

Scotland is a veritable paradise for outdoor enthusiasts - there's so much to do here so why not try something new? Here's a little overview of things to do in Scotland this Summer.

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...

Cycle touring in north west Scotland – how to have a birthday micro-adventure

Article · 31 May 2017

Cycle touring in north west Scotland – how to have a birthday micro-adventure

Cicerone's Joe Williams spent the bank holiday weekend cycle touring in Wester Ross with his girlfriend Caroline. They endured vicious midges and sore bums, but the scenery and...

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.

Geoff Cain With Bike A Coventry Eagle I Think

Article · 15 Apr 2017

Memoirs of a wartime cycle tour in the Lake District

Cicerone’s Natalie shares an extract from her grandfather Geoff Cain’s memoirs. Here, he recounts ‘an epic Lakeland journey’: a single-day solo cycle tour around the Lake...

A quick guide to Slovenian, for mountain bikers

Article · 18 Mar 2017

A quick guide to Slovenian, for mountain bikers

If you're heading off to go walking, trekking or biking in Slovenia, why not learn a few phrases? Speaking any Slovenian at all – even to say thank you – will endear you to...

2100 Ss Lake Gentau Gr10

Article · 5 Nov 2016

A Spotlight On: Macs Adventure

We work with a wide range of specialist walking holiday companies that supply our guidebooks as part of the full package they offer to their clients. I caught up with Fran from Macs Adventure to find out more...

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.

Dunstanburgh

Article · 1 Oct 2016

Cycling in Northumberland - the coast and castles tour

Jonathan and Lesley Williams take a few days off and do some cycling in Northumberland - into the wind.

Mountain Biking In Scotland

Article · 26 Sept 2016

Mountain biking in Scotland - a soggy adventure

Jim Sutherland, author of Walking in Torridon, and his friend Dunc go on an adventure with Sean Benz's new guidebook to Mountain Biking in Scotland.

Things to do on Islay and Jura in the rain

Article · 9 Aug 2016

Things to do on Islay and Jura in the rain

Cicerone's Caroline has a holiday on Islay and Jura and enjoyed some mountain biking, walking (and whisky tasting) in the typical Scottish weather.

Eight epic mountain biking viewpoints

Article · 15 Jul 2016

Eight epic mountain biking viewpoints

Mountain biking is a great activity for getting to see loads of incredible places quickly. Here are eight epic viewpoints from Mountain Biking in West and North West Scotland. If you haven't got a biking trip planned then we apologise now...

Top tips for mountain biking safety

Article · 13 Jul 2016

Top tips for mountain biking safety

Most of the time, mountain biking is a perfectly safe activity and far safer than cycling on roads. However, rutted, slippery and loose surfaces are frequently encountered and if you take a tumble at speed, you risk causing yourself considerable...

Three reasons to explore the South Downs National Park

Article · 20 Jun 2016

Three reasons to explore the South Downs National Park

The South Downs are England's newest national park and well worth a visit. The iconic landscape between Eastbourne in East Sussex and Winchester in Hampshire is ideal for walking,...

An intro to... The LEJOG

Article · 19 May 2016

An intro to... The LEJOG

A very quick introduction to the End to End, otherwise known as the LEJOG or JOGLE, depending on which way you go. Whatever you choose to call it, it is an excellent way to explore some of the best bits of Britain.

Dales Lw

Article · 16 May 2016

Top Ten Cafes for Cyclists in the North West

We're celebrating National cycling month with the top ten cafes for cyclists.

American presidents cycling Cumbria

Article · 22 Mar 2016

US presidents (and presidential hopefuls) in Cumbria

Focusing on the cycling trips of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Richard Barrett looks back at the connections between US presidents and Cumbria.