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samaria gorge

Article · 2 Jul 2022

Mountains and gorges in western Crete

Crete is one of the most mountainous islands in the Mediterranean, with over 400 gorges, most of which are in the west. This is an ideal choice for a walking holiday in early spring when the weather is usually warm and sunny, and the flowers are at...

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Article · 25 Jun 2022

Are the hills really alive with the sound of music?

Does listening to music in the outdoors enhance the experience, deepen our bond with landscape and even make us walk or run faster? Or is there nothing better than the sound of...

A temple

Article · 18 Jun 2022

Hidden Roman sights along Hadrian’s Wall Path

While walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail there are a few unusual treasures you may find still on the original spot - revealed here

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Article · 11 Jun 2022

Adventures on the Orkney and Shetland islands

Stephen Dunnett visits the magical Orkney and Shetland islands and suggests that with a bit of planning, you can have an adventure on par with destinations much further away than...

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Article · 4 Jun 2022

A Lakeland Summer, by Elizabeth Battrick

Elizabeth Battrick, walker, writer and lover of the Lake District, wrote A Lakeland Summer, published by Cicerone Press, in 1979. Here, her son Peter Battrick gives a short introduction to her life, followed by an extract from the book.

northern flank of the Brecon Beacons

Article · 28 May 2022

The Brecon Beacons: majestic, dramatic, unique

Situated in an unspoilt area of South Wales, just north of the former coal-mining valleys, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a place of beautiful and diverse landscapes

Foeldrygarn

Article · 14 May 2022

The magical Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

You will be forgiven for assuming that The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the place to go for a summer beachside holiday, but it is also an excellent destination for...

Pobbles and Three Cliffs Bay

Article · 7 May 2022

Discover the stunning Gower peninsula

Gower, a peninsula in South Wales just 25km by 13km, is a superb walking destination offering great variety of routes with hills and ridges, fantastic views and stunning beaches

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Article · 4 May 2022

History along the Brittany Coast Path (GR34): Part 2

Brittany’s history is distinctive and interesting, and Walking the Brittany Coast Path author Carroll Dorgan has a story to tell for each stage of the trek. In Part 2 of his...

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Article · 30 Apr 2022

History along the Brittany Coast Path (GR34): Part 1

Brittany’s history is distinctive and interesting, and Walking the Brittany Coast Path author Carroll Dorgan has a story to tell for each stage of the trek. In Part 1 of a...

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Article · 23 Apr 2022

Highlights of the Brittany Coast Path (GR34)

The first section of the Brittany Coast Path from Mont-Saint-Michel to Roscoff (around 624km), includes some of the most spectacular scenery of the Breton coast. Carroll Dorgan,...

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Article · 16 Apr 2022

Walking on the Ionian Islands

Pamela Harris follows in the footsteps of Odysseus in Homer's poem, The Odyssey, by visiting the Greek islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Ithaca

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Article · 2 Apr 2022

Camino Invierno: Walking the Camino Francés in winter

There may be many things that make walking the Camino Francés in winter a very different experience to more popular times of the year, but the fundamentals remain the same, found...

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Article · 26 Mar 2022

Are 24hr running events for ‘super-athletes’?

Stephen Dunnett attempts to bust the myth that you have to be a super-athlete to have a go at one of the increasingly popular 24hr running events. In the spirit of having a go at...

Nice wide easy cycling along the Via de la plata

Article · 19 Mar 2022

Timmy Mallet – cycling the Ruta Via de la Plata

When a small window of opportunity opened up to go on a cycle trip, Timmy Mallett and his friend Gary decided to explore the mysterious Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Sunrise Towards Crib Goch

Article · 12 Mar 2022

The Welsh 3000s in a day

In the summer between national Covid lockdowns, Lou Stone took on the Welsh 3000s in a day. A bunkhouse had become unexpectedly available, the forecast was glorious, she was feeling deprived of adventure, and so it was irresistible.

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Article · 5 Mar 2022

The unmissable castles of the Cathar Way

While researching the new edition of Cicerone’s guidebook for The Cathar Way, a 260km long-distance path through Languedoc in Southern France, Luke Smith and Nell Sleet trekked to all nine of the medieval castles that emerge from the rocky...

Wild Photography Holidays

Article · 26 Feb 2022

How to photograph the northern lights

Seeing the northern lights can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photographing this spectacular, natural phenomenon is difficult, but James Rushforth has this advice.

Drove Road over Minch Moor

Article · 19 Feb 2022

A 2-week adventure on The Southern Upland Way

Kathryn Shore was looking for a walking adventure with minimal disruptions. With the route already defined and the accommodation flexible, walking a National Trail with a tent...

Walla Crag

Article · 12 Feb 2022

Our tour of the Lake District

With Europe off limits because of Covid, avid walkers Austin Mills and his wife Ginny decided to see what great routes the UK has to offer, and ended up in the Lake District