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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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Hill-climbing heaven in beautiful Bellino

Feature · On 23 Feb 2020 by John Main

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

Feature · On 12 Jan 2019 by Declan Lyons

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...
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Discover the history of the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine

Feature · On 7 Oct 2018 by Carroll Dorgan

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 recounts some...
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Discover the highlights of Benelux and Lorraine on the GR5 Trail

Feature · On 29 Sep 2018 by Carroll Dorgan

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...
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Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

Feature · On 15 Jul 2018 by Lesley Williams

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

Feature · On 17 Mar 2018 by Mike Wells

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

Feature · On 12 Sep 2017 by Jonathan Williams

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, and almost...
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Walking in the Haute Savoie – in the footsteps of Alfred Wills

Feature · On 1 Jul 2017 by Pamela Harris

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 grandfather...
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GR5 Vosges and Jura – walking the borderlands of France

Feature · On 5 Jun 2017 by Les Smith and Elizabeth Smith

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

Feature · On 5 Jun 2017 by Declan Lyons

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

Feature · On 5 Jun 2017 by James Cox

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...
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Challenges and surprises cycling the River Loire Route

Feature · On 8 May 2017 by Mike Wells

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...
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Crossing the Crête des Gittes on the GR5

Feature · On 6 Mar 2017 by Jonathan Arlan

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...
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An overnight off-piste adventure in the Vanoise

Feature · On 9 Jan 2017 by James Cox

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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UTMB 2016 - A 170km run around Mont Blanc

Feature · On 5 Sep 2016 by Joe Williams

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

Feature · On 4 Aug 2016 by Carroll Dorgan

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

Feature · On 11 Jul 2016 by Carroll Dorgan

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 historical interest of...
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Trekking the GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean - Highlights

Feature · On 12 Jun 2016 by Carroll Dorgan

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...
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Trail Running in Chamonix – the ‘Vallee du Trail’

Feature · On 10 Apr 2016 by Kingsley Jones

Author of Trail Running - Chamonix and the Mont Blanc region, Kingsley Jones offers a tantalising taste of the magic that is trail running in Chamonix and the Mont Blanc...