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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...

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...

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...

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: The GR70 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...

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.

Chamanna Coaz at the head of Val Roseg in the Bernina Alps

Article · 8 Apr 2018

Practicalities of staying in a mountain hut

It is important, when planning a mountain trip – especially out of season – to do your homework first. Will the huts be open and manned? Will there be room? What facilities...

3  From The Col Des Ottans

Article · 24 Feb 2018

The Tour du Ruan - unknown to all but a few

According to David Burrows, there’s something good about walking in circles rather than in straight lines, and the Tour du Ruan didn’t disappoint.

A rustic signpost on the GR5 trail

Article · 16 Aug 2017

An intro to... The GR5 Trail from the Hook of Holland to Nice

What do you need to know about the GR5 trail? Here's a quick overview of this epic long-distance route from the Hook of Holland to Nice.

The Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park

Article · 8 Jul 2017

The Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park

Jonathan reports back from a quick trip to walk the Tour des Glaciers in the Vanoise National Park, south of Mont Blanc.

Top tips for doing the GR20

Article · 19 Jul 2016

Top tips for doing the GR20

Paddy Dillon is a man full of wise words and advice and here he gives us his top tips for doing the GR20 - probably the toughest trek in the world.

An intro to... The GR20

Article · 8 Jun 2016

An intro to... The GR20

Fancy taking on one of the toughest treks in the world? Here is a quick intro to the GR20, the high level route across Corsica.

When should I walk the GR20?

Article · 8 Jun 2016

When should I walk the GR20?

People often ask us "when should I walk the GR20?" so we asked Paddy Dillon to give us some advice on the best time of year to take on this challenging route.

Walking

Article · 6 Jan 2014

So, which trek to do next?

Karen from Billings, Montana emailed to ask for suggestions for which alpine trek she should tackle next after her Chamonix-Zermatt and Alta Via 2 treks. Cicerone publisher Jonathan Williams runs through the main options in Austria, France, Italy,...

Tour of the Vanoise

Article · 7 Aug 2013

Planning your first Alpine trek? Then how about the Tour of the Vanoise

For keen mountain walkers looking for their first Alpine trek, then how about the Tour of the Vanoise? This 10-12 day walking tour makes an almost figure-of-eight circuit through...

Walking the GR5

Article · 18 Feb 2013

Who walks the GR5?

The GR5 attracts all types of walkers, and providing they pitch in at a pace that suits them, they manage it fine. Author of our GR5 guide Paddy Dillon describes some of the typical characters you might meet along the route...

Tour of Mont Blanc

Article · 12 Dec 2011

Tour of Mont Blanc - Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise?

Although the Tour of Mont Blanc route is well established as an anti-clockwise circuit, there are arguments in favour of walking the TMB in a clockwise direction.