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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...

La Grande Casse, in the heart of the Vanoise, reflected in a lake on the way to the Refuge du Plan du Lac (Day 13 of the GR5)

Article · 24 Jun 2020

Can I go walking in France? Travel and trekking in 2020

Walking, trekking and other outdoor activity holidays in France – travel, accommodation and other facilities are open and possible, but with certain restrictions. This page will...

Camino

Article · 27 May 2020

Latest camino-related Covid 19 response status and advice

Check here daily for the latest on Camino-related COVID-19 response openings for Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Switzerland and Britain. Covering Camino Francés, Camino del...

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.

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Article · 18 Jan 2020

Reimagining the Camino de Santiago guidebook

When Cicerone approached Seattle-based Sandy Brown with a bold vision for the next Camino de Santiago guidebook, he was immediately won over. It would set a new, unparalleled...

View To The South East From The Pointe De La Sana

Article · 1 Jan 2020

Hidden Gem – Ski touring in the Vanoise National Park, Savoie Alps

Known by downhill skiers for the impressive and highly developed resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isere among others, the Vanoise National Park is a glaciated mountain massif dominated...

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.

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...

Watching the sun set over Les Dents Blanches

Article · 23 Jan 2019

Les Dents Blanches: Snowshoeing and ski touring in Samoëns, France

At the end of the impressive, deeply gouged U-shaped Haute Giffre valley, the village of Samoëns provides an access point for a range of winter snowsports.

View of the Combin with Cabane de Louvie far below by the lake

Article · 26 Dec 2018

Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn in 27 variants: the slow process of updating a guidebook

When Lesley, Jonathan and Maddy Williams updated Kev Reynolds’ Chamonix to Zermatt guide, it gave them an insight into the daily challenges faced by Cicerone’s guidebook...

1 Chapelle St Michel Le Puy

Article · 16 Sep 2018

The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes

Clive Darley treks the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes in a variety of bad weather, grim weather and horrendous weather. Nevertheless he finds plenty to...

Descending the Col de l'Izoard

Article · 11 Aug 2018

Top tips for cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes

Jonathan cycled the Route des Grandes Alpes to celebrate his birthday and learned vital lessons along the way. He now has an abundance of advice to share with others on how to...

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...

Matterhorn Banner

Article · 27 Jun 2018

12 things I learned from my recent trip to the Alps

Cicerone’s Joe Williams recently returned from a two-week holiday in the Alps. The original plan had been to do some alpine climbing, but snow and weather caused a change of...

The Refuge de Bellachat (2152m)

Article · 23 Jun 2018

One of the best mountain huts of all time, according to Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds describes one of his favourite mountain huts of all time, the Refuge de Bellachat in the Mont Blanc range in France.

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...