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Lesley exploring the Lake District

Feature · 2 Jan 2021

What Cicerone staff have been doing this year… 2020

At this time of year we'd normally share stories of trekking holidays and cycle tours around the world. But, as for everyone else, 2020 was very different for us at Cicerone and...

Heading up Mefjorden gazing at mountains rising 600m up from the fjord

Feature · 27 Dec 2020

Camping and kayaking in Norway: a packrafting adventure

Combining camping, walking and kayaking, Alex Kendall set out on a packrafting expedition to explore the peninsulas and fjords of Senja island in Norway.

Early morning light over Elterwater

Feature · 19 Dec 2020

Office to author via a tour of the Lake District

In a reversal of her role, Cicerone marketing director Lesley Williams stepped out from behind her office desk and into the world of being an author for her guidebook, Tour of the...

Stodmarsh Nature Reserve Makes For Interesting Walks Among The Reedbeds

Feature · 13 Dec 2020

Walking in Kent: no second best

Kev Reynolds was winding up a lecture on trekking in the Himalaya when a member of the audience asked: ‘If you’re so passionate about mountains, why do you live in Kent?’ Here is his response…

Early morning light and long shadows

Feature · 6 Dec 2020

Walking in winter: the best UK long-distance routes

Although it has seasonal challenges of poor weather and limited daylight, walkers can still enjoy long-distance routes in winter months. With its network of long-distance trails,...

Climbing from Cervinia

Feature · 5 Dec 2020

The Haute Route Italienne: in the shadow of giants

Andy Hodges, author of the Cicerone guidebook Trekking the Giants' Trail and an International Mountain Leader, took a group of nine students and two staff from Coombe Dean School,...

TH The descent off Sgurr Thearlaich was where it began hailing

Feature · 29 Nov 2020

Tackling the Cuillin Ridge traverse

After a failed attempt on the Skye’s Cuillin Ridge traverse in 2019, Caroline returned this year to have another go. Taking the Cuillin Ridge Light approach, she managed to complete the route in a day. Here, she tells the story of taking on the...

Stanfords established 1853 crop

Feature · 15 Nov 2020

A spotlight on: Stanfords

Stanfords Map and Travel Bookshop has a remarkable 167-year history and is an essential first port of call for many adventure and armchair travellers. But in 2020, travel has been all but impossible and its future is under threat. Luckily, the mayor...

A rainbow greeted us on the summit of Stac Pollaidh looking west

Feature · 7 Nov 2020

Great Mountain Days in Northern Scotland

Cicerone’s Business Development Director Joe Williams has recently been exploring the far north-west of Scotland. In this article, he describes some of the classic mountain walking routes in the area, gives a few tips and suggestions, and urges...

skiing across snow

Feature · 1 Nov 2020

Hut-hopping in Huldreheimen

Frank Husslage took his skis and went for a five-day winter trip in the Norwegian snow. Allergic to crowds of any kind, Frank found a region ideal for people with this specific affliction: Huldreheimen, a little unknown gem between the more popular...

Ninety mile beach TH

Feature · 31 Oct 2020

Tips and advice for fastpacking New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail

Joséphine Anselin offers inspiration, tips and practical recommendations for anyone looking to fastpack New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail – a 3000km route stretching from Cape...

Camping a la Angela TH

Feature · 4 Oct 2020

Fastpacking in the Cheviots: A baptism of fire (and rain)

When Cress Allwood was seeking a new challenge during lockdown, she called a friend, hoping she’d be up for an adventure. Having to resort to their Plan B, that adventure was...

Hameldown Tor

Feature · 3 Oct 2020

The UK's best wilderness walks

Wilderness walking routes crossing remote and pathless terrain can be an antidote to modern life and keep you safely away from crowded environments. True wilderness (entirely untouched by mankind) is hard to find, however these suggestions provide...

Beinn Eighe

Feature · 27 Sep 2020

How to walk across Scotland

The best walks go all the way across, says Cicerone author Ronald Turnbull. Having crossed Highland Scotland nine times, he offers a few suggestions for a successful and enjoyable trip.

630 miles later: the end of the South West Coast Path at South Haven Point

Feature · 20 Sep 2020

630 Miles Braver on the South West Coast Path

In this exclusive chapter from 'The Biggest Book of Yes: 49 Short Adventure Stories', Zoe Langley-Wathen relives stepping out of her comfort zone and facing her fears on her first...

PW 14 High Cup Nick

Feature · 6 Sep 2020

The Pennine Way: is it really a slog through bog?

Having discovered the Pennine Way from a signpost pointing towards a desolate landscape and then being warned that the walk was a slog, Tarjei Næss Skrede set out on England’s...

A gimbal will help to hold your phone steady

Feature · 6 Sep 2020

Top tips for creating outdoor films with your smartphone

Making a video of your adventures can be a great way to remember your trip. Whether walking, trekking, running, cycling or another favourite activity, the chances are that...

The view from the summit of Pic Carlitte in the Pyrenees Orientale

Feature · 30 Aug 2020

A lifetime of walking and climbing in the Pyrenees

Alf Robertson has spent the last forty years exploring the Pyrenees, starting with summer trekking trips in Andorra before enjoying the crags, peaks and lakes from subsequent...

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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...

Horses in the snow outside Waldheim 1929 F Smithies Collection Tasmanian Archives NS57341019

Feature · 23 Aug 2020

Creating Tasmania's Cradle Mountain⁠–Lake St Clair National Park

The Overland Track journeys through one of Tasmania's diverse natural areas, Cradle Mountain⁠–Lake St Clair National Park. Cicerone author Warwick Sprawson explores how Kate...