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The tarn

Article · 8 Nov 2020

Post-lockdown travels in the Cevennes

France had been in lockdown for three months as Covid-19 took over normal life, with borders closed and inhabitants banned from travelling more than 1km. When restrictions finally started to lift, Cicerone author Pamela Harris hastily organised her...

TMB book

Article · 12 Sep 2020

When Kev met Big Oz and Little Al on the TMB

Tour of Mont Blanc guidebook author Kev Reynolds regularly re-walks the route around Europe's most iconic mountain. On this trip he bumped into a couple of Australians he called...

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Feature · 8 Jul 2020

Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards

OK, Cicerone’s Jonathan Williams didn’t really walk the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards, he just went the 'wrong' way round.

Rocher du Saint Julien2

Article · 21 Mar 2020

Springtime walks in confinement

Confinement has put normal life on hold in France. But for Cicerone author Hilary Sharp, who lives in Provence, brief walks in the local area to enjoy the spring sunshine and flowers are still a vital part of her daily routine.

Monte Maniglia summit

Feature · 23 Feb 2020

Hill-climbing heaven in beautiful Bellino

The quiet upper Valle di Bellino offers multiple options for one-day round-trip walks to the many surrounding 3000m+ peaks. It lies between the better-known Monte Viso and Queyras...

The Refuge de Platé

Article · 7 Sep 2019

A night of fires and celebration at the Refuge de Platé in the Haute Savoie

Writer and blogger Mark Charlton visits the Refuge de Platé in the Haute Savoie on a night of fires and celebration.

The Refuge d’Ortu di U Piobbu has burnt down. Image from Corse Matin.

News · 10 Jun 2019

Hut issues and storm damage on the Tour of Mont Blanc, the GR20 and the Dolomites

We have had news from several customers and authors about storm damage and hut issues in several key trekking areas. Please check our information below and let us know if we have...

View East From The Path To The South Of Refuge Larpont

Article · 2 Jun 2019

Hidden Gem – the best area of the French Alps for a multi-activity holiday

Are you someone who wants to visit an Alpine region for a couple of weeks to explore and enjoy a number of mountain activities perhaps with different companions? The Chamonix...

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.

The volcanic landscape of Puy de la Vache

Article · 24 Feb 2019

Hidden Gem – Walking in the Auvergne, France's ancient volcanic landscape

The Auvergne forms the major part of the Massif Central of France. It's a stunning area of ancient volcanic scenery, crossed by numerous waymarked paths which thread through a...

Chapelle De Therese At Montclard Walk 9

News · 27 Dec 2018

The Dordogne: top 5 travel destination in 2019

The Dordogne, France, has been named by National Geographic as one of the top 5 world’s most exciting destinations in 2019.

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...

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...

Meeting point of three French routes at Hiriburia

Feature · 28 Feb 2018

An intro to… The Way of St James - France

An intro to… The Way of St James - France, answering questions like 'What's so special about St James?', 'What does the scallop shell mean?' and 'How fit do I need to be?'.

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.

(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?".

Refuge Alfred Wills Cover

Feature · 1 Jul 2017

Walking in the Haute Savoie – in the footsteps of Alfred Wills

Aside from offering top-notch Alpine walking, the Haut Giffre area of the Haute Savoie has some interesting history. Alfred Wills, one of the founders of the Alpine Club and...