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Feature · 8 Jul 2020

Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards

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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Feature · 23 Feb 2020

Hill-climbing heaven in beautiful Bellino

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...

H A Fine Road Leads South From The Bonette

Feature · 15 Jul 2018

Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

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 we tackled the...

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Feature · 1 Jul 2017

Walking in the Haute Savoie – in the footsteps of Alfred Wills

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...

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Feature · 5 Jun 2017

GR5 Vosges and Jura – walking the borderlands of France

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 GR5 winds down through...

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Feature · 8 May 2017

Challenges and surprises cycling the River Loire Route

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 recaps some of the...

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Feature · 6 Mar 2017

Crossing the Crête des Gittes on the GR5

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 huts. Jonathan Arlan chose it as his first long distance walk. Literally...

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Feature · 9 Jan 2017

An overnight off-piste adventure in the Vanoise

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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Feature · 5 Sept 2016

UTMB 2016 - A 170km run around Mont Blanc

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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Feature · 4 Aug 2016

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

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...

Trekking the GR5

Feature · 11 Jul 2016

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

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...

GR5 trekking Highlights

Feature · 12 Jun 2016

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

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, Belgium,...

Trekking Tour Mont Blanc

Feature · 11 Mar 2016

Trekking with an Infant 3: Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Jen Lumanlan travelled from the USA and did the Tour of Mont Blanc with her daughter when Carys was only eight weeks old. This article is the third of three in which she shares...

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Feature · 8 Feb 2016

Trekking with an infant 2: Before you go

Jen Lumanlan travelled from the USA and hiked the Tour of Mont Blanc with her daughter when Carys was only eight weeks old. This article is the second of three in which she shares her experiences of taking an infant trekking. Here she focuses on...

Velo Francette

Feature · 8 Feb 2016

The Velo Francette - France's newest long-distance cycle route

Gillian Thomas explores France’s newest long-distance cycle route the Velo Francette, through Normandy, Pays de la Loire and Poitou Charentes from Ouistreham to La Rochelle.

Ski touring in the Mercantour

Feature · 8 Feb 2016

Marvellous Mercantouring

There is a well-kept secret in the southern French Alps, a quiet but unforgettable ski tour which winds its way through the heart of the region. Here professional mountain guide Tania Noakes outlines the Traversée du Mercantour as it passes through...

Trekking with an infant

Feature · 8 Dec 2015

Trekking with an infant 1: Starting to plan

Jen Lumanlan traveled from the USA and did the Tour of Mont Blanc with her daughter when Carys was only 8 weeks old. This article is the first of three in which she shares her...

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Feature · 13 Oct 2015

The Haute Route Alps – a long tough cyclosportive

The Haute Route Alps is 791km and almost 22,000m of ascent over seven consecutive days in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Regular Cicerone Extra contributor...

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Feature · 13 Oct 2015

‘Far from the madding crowd’ in the Dordogne

After a successful trip to Var last year, James Benson ended up trail-testing another Cicerone walking guide to France with his family this year – this time Walking in the...

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Feature · 13 Jul 2015

Following My Camino to Santiago

Gail Delahunt shares her experiences joining a group walking part of the Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied-de-Port in the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in the north west corner of Spain and discovers there’s much more to following a...