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Article · 9 Jul 2022

7 top tips for planning cycling routes

Not everyone has access to a local network of traffic-free, shared-use paths or miles of quiet country lanes, but don’t be deterred as there are great rides to be found almost everywhere. Richard Barrett has these top tips for working with route...

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Focus · 1 Jul 2022

Summer of Adventure

If you're looking for an adventure this summer then let us guide you. You could take on something wild and remote like the Cape Wrath Trail, Scottish and pointy like the Cuillin Ridge on Skye or something long and speedy like Cycling from London to...

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Focus · 1 May 2022

Wonderful Wales

Even if you have been to Wales before, there is always something new to explore in this wonderful country. From cycling through the green countryside to long-distance coastal challenges, scrambling something gnarly or an easy low-level walk, Wales...

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Podcast · 16 Mar 2022

International Women's Day 2022 Special

To make up for the cancelled Cicerone Live last week, we're bringing the International Women's Day special to the podcast. Hannah will be joined by Sarah Williams (adventurer and founder of Tough Girl Challenges) and Cressida Allwood (adventurer...

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Podcast · 16 Feb 2022

Ask the Experts: Cycle touring special

In the highlights from February's Cicerone Live event, our experts answer all your questions about cycle touring. If you've wondered about how to get started with cycle touring, or you need some inspiration for where to go, or perhaps advice on...

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Podcast · 8 Dec 2021

Guidebooks for Spring 2022

Hannah and Joe have a quick look through some of Cicerone's Spring titles in a bid to stave off the dark and cold of the northwest of England in December! We get excited about the Dolomites and sausage pancakes and see a different side to...

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Article · 2 Oct 2021

Gravel biking the Heads of the Valleys route

Richard Barrett, author of Cycle Touring in Wales and Cycling Lon Las Cymru, describes a short break riding along the Heads of the Valleys cycle route, a hidden gem, two-thirds of...

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Article · 22 May 2021

5 reasons to choose a gravel bike

Suitable for cycling on both tarmac and muddy trails, gravel bikes are versatile and fantastic for off and on-road routes. Here are five reasons why Richard Barrett, a long-time road bike enthusiast, believes your next bike should be a gravel bike.

Focus on cycling

Focus · 18 Apr 2021

Cycling routes and bikes: guidebooks, expert advice, touring, kit and adventure stories

Day rides, cycle touring, mountain biking, sportives, bikepacking or just a bike ride. Here we focus on all aspects of getting on your bike for a great adventure, starting with...

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Article · 17 Apr 2021

Why Cicerone’s LEJOG cycling route is the 'optimal' choice

Twenty years after Cicerone's first guidebook for the classic challenge of riding Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG), the third edition has just been launched, which author...

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Podcast · 14 Apr 2021

Cycling Land's End to John o' Groats with Richard Barrett

Travelling the length of Britain from Cornwall and the Somerset Levels to the Cairngorm Mountains and northern Scotland, Land's End to John o' Groats is an iconic route and...

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Focus · 28 Mar 2021

Modern day pilgrimages and Caminos – a time for reflection and reviving

Whether you are religious or not, a long-distance walk can have reviving effects on the body and the mind. Caminos and pilgrimage routes that have developed over thousands of...

Family activities

Focus · 21 Mar 2021

Family-friendly outdoor adventures

Routes and ideas for the holidays – walks, bike rides, hiking, paddling, scrambles and overnight camps. Share outdoor adventures with the whole family, have fun together and inspire the youngsters to love and cherish wild and rural landscapes.

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Article · 10 Jan 2021

Achieving a first cycling century: two perspectives

When a friend asked Cress Allwood to support him in achieving his goal of riding 200 miles from London to Paris, she was happy to help with the training. But with Roger's first...

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Focus · 8 Jan 2021

It's a good time for planning

Lockdown is serious, but with Cicerone there are guidebooks, articles, videos, podcasts and live events to keep goals and plans alive, as we help you discover new ideas, and bring new content to your attention. When all this is over, your 'tick...

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Podcast · 11 Nov 2020

Hadrian's Cycleway with Rachel Crolla and Carl McKeating

Visiting Roman forts, milecastles and other historic sites in the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Cycleway is a fantastic three-day ride across northern England...

Podcast · 8 Oct 2020

Footnotes: The Cicerone Podcast - Trailer

Welcome to Footnotes: The Cicerone Podcast, a podcast to inspire you about outdoor travel and activities in the UK and across the world. Whether you're an established...

Cycle touring on the Tarka Trail near Barnstaple

Article · 26 Sept 2020

How to discover a new cycling route from home

Consisting of family-friendly cycle routes across the UK, the Sustrans National Cycle Network is the perfect source for exploring your local area by bike. As Paddy Dillon...

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Feature · 29 Aug 2020

Travel by bike to walk the Lake District 3000ft peaks

While planning day walks up Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Sca Fell and Scafell Pike, Chris Scaife decided to leave the car at home and cycle to the start of each of these iconic Lake...

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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.