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Article · 19 Jun 2021

Walkers and livestock: how to behave around animals

Natalie Simpson explains how best to minimise the potential risks - to yourself and the animals - when out walking around livestock

Meifod and Welshpool

Article · 12 Jun 2021

The beauty and the trials of Glyndŵr's Way

Emma Sawyer and a friend were walking the whole of Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail with the help of the Cicerone guidebook. And despite the after effects of several bottles of...

Gravel bike parked up at Penmon Point on Anglesey during a mixed tarmac/trail ride

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.

Make the most of light

Article · 9 May 2021

How to get hill-fit and train for long-distance walking

Here are some top tips to build distance and strength to help you prepare your body for the hills, mountains and trails. If you're relatively new to walking, we hope that these...

On Lingmoor one of my favourite Wainwrights

Article · 8 May 2021

(Not) finishing the Wainwrights

While the Covid pandemic has put the brakes on Cicerone's Natalie Simpson's attempts to finish the Wainwrights, the welcome addition of the Fellrangers to her list has led to isolated tops on out-of-the-way summits - amazing views for minimal effort

john O’Groats

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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Article · 20 Mar 2021

The Sandlings Walk in a day

Stephen Dunnett returned from a trip to New Zealand and a country in lockdown. All events were cancelled and the challenge became staying motivated. Here he suggests that planning for the future is a positive way to prepare for the freedom that will...

gill scrambling

Article · 11 Mar 2021

What is gill scrambling?

Gill scrambling is something of an acquired taste that some find hideous and others consider to be the very best scrambling. Gill scrambling demands self-imposed rules for maximum enjoyment. John Fleetwood

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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...

The twin tops of the Wittenham Clumps are crowned by beech trees

Article · 22 Nov 2020

Hidden Gem – family-friendly walking in the North Wessex Downs AONB

Lesley Williams looks back on childhood walks around Wallingford and explores a walk between Shillingford, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Dorchester on Thames with all the ingredients...

Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark

Article · 21 Nov 2020

Scrambles in the Lake District – South: A sample route

Covering Langdale, Coniston, Eskdale, Patterdale and High Street, John Fleetwood's Scrambles in the Lake District offers 106 scrambling routes in the south of the national park...

On the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Article · 24 Oct 2020

A list of the long-distance walks in the UK

There are 16 national trails and many hundreds of other named long-distance routes in the UK, including 29 Great Trails in Scotland. The UK has a fantastic network of other...

On the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Article · 24 Oct 2020

A list of the long-distance walks in the UK

There are 16 national trails and many hundreds of other named long-distance routes in the UK, including 29 Great Trails in Scotland. The UK has a fantastic network of other...

The top of the Scriob

Article · 11 Oct 2020

Mountain-biking Harris's Postman's Path

After years of thinking of excuses not to, Cicerone author Peter Edwards finally tackled the Postman’s Path on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides

Cycle touring on the Tarka Trail near Barnstaple

Article · 26 Sep 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...

Marloes Sands From Horse Neck

Article · 19 Sep 2020

Hidden Gem – Pembrokeshire's Marloes Sands, Martin’s Haven and offshore islands

Boasting the popular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, Pembrokeshire may not strike you as a ‘hidden’ area. There is plenty to...

Running along the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Gairlochy

Article · 16 Sep 2020

Fastpacking the Great Glen Way

In May 2017, Josephine Anselin set out on a three-day solo fastpacking trip from Fort William to Inverness, running 79 miles (121km) coast to coast through the Scottish Highlands. Usually treated as a long-distance hiking route, the Great Glen Way...

Eildon Hill North

Article · 22 Aug 2020

Scottish Borders – attracting walkers for over 3000 years

Away from the crowds, the Scottish Borders offer a wide variety of walking, from gentle riverbanks to wild moorland above the 600m mark. Cicerone author Ronald Turnbull follows...

Dales Way

Article · 29 Jul 2020

The best UK long-distance walks you can do in a week

While you can make up your own route for a week of walking, here are fifteen suggestions for some of the best ideas for a week-long walking holiday. Suitable for ‘beginner’...

View east over Newhaven Harbour from the Castle Hill battery

Article · 25 Jul 2020

War walks in East Sussex

Following on from 2018’s moving events commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, and with the recent 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the World War II, Ali Rowsell decided to go and explore her local area to see what remains of East...