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Walking the Cambrian Way in day trips and weekends

Feature · On 8 Aug 2020 by Mark Charlton

Always lacking three weeks to tackle the full route from Cardiff to Conwy in one go, Mark Charlton was surprised to discover how much of the Cambrian Way he had...
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Can I go walking and trekking in Japan? Summer 2020 Coronavirus restrictions.

Feature · On 17 Jul 2020 by Wes Lang

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things are far from normal in the Japan Alps. Not only have most huts reduced capacity, but others have opted to remain closed for the...
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Exploring mountain bike trails in Rwanda

Feature · On 11 Jul 2020 by Jan Bakker

Mountain bike enthusiast and Cicerone author Jan Bakker is on a quest to find mountain bike tracks in the east-central African country of Rwanda
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Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards

Feature · On 8 Jul 2020 by Jonathan Williams

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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Guidebooks: a source of inspiration and memory

Feature · On 13 Jun 2020 by Mark Charlton

Mark Charlton reflects on his love of guidebooks and the memories of walking and trekking around the world that each contains.
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Self-isolating on the North Kent Marshes

Feature · On 3 Jun 2020 by Julian Stray

In strange times, Julian Stray was heeding current advice from Public Health England. The weekend called for a break from the week's working from home and to distance himself from...
Smartphone Photography – 12 easy hacks for better pictures

Smartphone Photography – 12 easy hacks for better pictures

Feature · On 1 Jun 2020 by Chiz Dakin

We all love to take photos of the outdoors - whether that’s from a garden or hill-top, or just of our efforts to be outside, and a modern smartphone can...
A mountain, a ridgeline, and a man in a red jacket – 'unoriginal and lacking spark' but just right for a guidebook. Stob Ghabhar

How to write a guidebook: Jack or Jill of all trades – and master of... guidebook writing

Feature · On 27 May 2020 by Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull explains how writing is a rather small part of being a guidebook writer as well as dismissing once and for all some popular misconceptions about his chosen career.
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A dog's dilemma

Feature · On 23 May 2020 by Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds ponders the issues faced by dogs and their people during lockdown... Our thanks to some of our favourite Cicerone dogs, past and present, for their contribution in illustrating...
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Travel to open spaces, but not to the mountains

Feature · On 12 May 2020 by Lesley Williams

The Government has relaxed rules related to travel and unlimited exercise, however there is an important and unified message coming from various authorities in mountain areas. Please DO NOT drive...
England's best bog: Great Moss in upper Eskdale

A Very British Bog

Feature · On 12 May 2020 by Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull remembers encounters with quagmires, morasses, bogs, fens, flows, sloughs and other soggy bits of Britain. He is doing his best to help you avoid yearning for the hills...
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Meet our Cicerone Connect members: "Oh the places we have been!"

Feature · On 8 May 2020

Cicerone Connect, our new Facebook community, has become a brilliant place to share your trip photos, planning questions and bucket-list ideas. We thought we'd share a few pictures from our...
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The beginning of a long walking career

Feature · On 6 May 2020 by Terry Marsh

Theresa May famously gave Angela Merkel a copy of one of Terry Marsh's guidebooks. Terry is one of Cicerone's longest-running authors and here he looks back at where his love...
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The joy of walking

Feature · On 4 May 2020 by Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds has been reflecting on why he fell in love with walking many, many years ago and, despite only being allowed to walk circuits of his miniature garden, he...
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Stuck at home: virtual tours of the US National Parks and other amazing places

Feature · On 1 May 2020

The current global crisis has us all grounded for now but we don't have to stop exploring. Here are some suggestions of how you can go on an armchair adventure...
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How to make sure your bike is safe, roadworthy and ready to go

Feature · On 25 Apr 2020 by Jon Sparks

Has your bike been in the shed for far too long? Perhaps the lockdown is inspiring you to dust off the old bike and go on a cycle ride (within...
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Surviving lockdown with children: Lucy's top tips from one month in

Feature · On 22 Apr 2020 by Lucy Rogers

We have been self-isolating for almost six weeks. My children are verging on feral, my four-year-old has given herself a haircut and I know all the words to all the...
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Walking and cycling from home in Cumbria and Lancashire – the Cicerone team share their views

Feature · On 15 Apr 2020

Walking and cycling from home provides a welcome relief, and a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. It's easy to discover new routes and views, even if...
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The Yorkshire Three Peaks – with added challenge

Feature · On 22 Mar 2020 by James Benson

Having taken on the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Cicerone sales rep James Benson found he was running out of light and time. At least he had his map… oh. Luckily, help...
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UK ideas – stay safe, and stay wild

Feature · On 18 Mar 2020

When fear of transmission of disease is all around us, how can we consider taking short breaks and holidays responsibly? The answer is, for the time being, we can't. This...