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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.

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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...

2 The Garonne Canal offers one of the best routes on traffic-free asphalted paths

Feature · 12 Jan 2019

The Canal de la Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse – a cyclist’s dream

The Canal de la Garonne links the two historical cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse. It passes through countryside laden with charm and culture, all of it haunted by the shadow of...

Ruins of Roman aqueduct near Ars-sur-Moselle

Feature · 7 Oct 2018

Discover the history of the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine

Carroll Dorgan, the author of Cicerone’s guidebook to the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine, described the highlights of that trail in a previous Cicerone Extra article. Here, he...

Fields, trees and big sky near Rosières-en-Haye (Lorraine)

Feature · 29 Sep 2018

Discover the highlights of Benelux and Lorraine on the GR5 Trail

The GR5 is a long trek, running all the way from the Hoek van Holland to Nice in France, crossing the French alps along the way. The northern part of the GR5 trail, through...

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Feature · 15 Jul 2018

Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

Jonathan and I took on our biggest cycling challenge yet, to ride 650km and climb 15000 metres in 9 days, creating a sort of elegant reversed question mark shape as we tackled the...

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Feature · 17 Mar 2018

A Trail of Two Cities: A new route from London to Paris by bicycle

Mike Wells’ new guidebook to cycling from London to Paris outlines a proposed route to reach Paris by bike for the 2024 Olympics, but you can ride it now!

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?'.

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Feature · 12 Sep 2017

The Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise – where the French go trekking

Cicerone publisher Jonathan Williams makes an early-season trip to one of France’s great one-week treks, a tour in the Vanoise that has pretty much everything the trekker wants,...

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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...

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Feature · 5 Jun 2017

Cycling in the Pyrenees – Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

Seen the Tour de France? Cycled the Col du Tourmalet? Want to do something else? Why not try these two huge and stunning lesser-known climbs in the heart of the Pyrenees?

Minerve In The Cathar Region

Feature · 5 Jun 2017

Cycling the Canal du Midi – history, route planning and more

Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's...

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Feature · 5 Jun 2017

GR5 Vosges and Jura – walking the borderlands of France

When the time came to update their Cicerone guide, Les and Elizabeth Smith were happy to have an excuse to revisit the Vosges and Jura. This section of the GR5 winds down through...

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Feature · 8 May 2017

Challenges and surprises cycling the River Loire Route

For the past two summers, Mike Wells has been cycling up and down the Loire Valley in central France researching his new guide to the Loire cycle route. Here he recaps some of the...

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Feature · 6 Mar 2017

Crossing the Crête des Gittes on the GR5

The GR5 is one of the world's classic treks. The section through the French Alps takes nearly a month and involves long distances, big climbs and staying in high mountain huts. Jonathan Arlan chose it as his first long distance walk. Literally...

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Feature · 9 Jan 2017

An overnight off-piste adventure in the Vanoise

Earlier this year James, Dave and Paul ventured out to Val d’Isère to try some backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The lads from High Wycombe climb a summit, ski and board...

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Feature · 5 Sep 2016

UTMB 2016 - A 170km run around Mont Blanc

Cicerone's Joe Williams recently competed the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - A 170km (105 miles) mountain race with 10,000m of ascent around Month Blanc. Here he tells his personal...

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Feature · 4 Aug 2016

Trekking the GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean - Logistics

Third and final article in the series, covering the logistics of trekking the GR5 long distance hiking trail. The route goes from the North Sea to the Mediterranean through The...

Trekking the GR5

Feature · 11 Jul 2016

Trekking the GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean - History

Walking the full GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. This 2300km journey passes through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and small parts of Switzerland. The...

GR5 trekking Highlights

Feature · 12 Jun 2016

Trekking the GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean - Highlights

The GR5 (Grande Randonnée 5) is a trail – a marked route in some places – that begins in Hoek van Holland and runs for about 2300km through the Netherlands, Belgium,...