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The high balcon Day 2

Article · 13 Nov 2021

Autumn tour of the Aiguilles Rouges

Iain Davidson gives an account of his five-day tour around the Aiguilles Rouges mountains near Chamonix. Close to the end of the season, the trail was undertaken in a fast and light style, staying in mountain huts and camping in the Chamonix valley...

The Valbona valley from the top of the pass

Article · 6 Nov 2021

Walking the Peaks of the Balkans Trail

In late May Cicerone author Alex Kendall and his friend Dieter walked the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circuit through the Dinaric Alps of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro

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Article · 30 Oct 2021

A slow trek in Lapland

Eberhard Leutz describes a walk on Kalottireitti/Nordkalottruta from Kilpisjärvi (Finland) to Reisadalen in Norway with his 8-year-old son

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Article · 16 Oct 2021

Climbing Aconcagua: the world's highest trekking peak

After ticking off Kilimanjaro and Elbrus, Peter Watson headed to the Andes to attempt his third Seven Summit. Aconcagua may not require mountaineering skills, but this hulk of...

IMG 0799 The cliffs of Riglos The start of our hike in the GR1

Article · 9 Oct 2021

10 days walking northern Spain’s GR1 - the Sendero Historico

Warwick Sprawson's trip along part of the GR1 in northern Spain led him through abandoned villages, past crumbling castles and to local fiestas

Penderyn Distillery

Article · 2 Oct 2021

Gravel biking the Heads of the Valleys route

Richard Barrett, author of Cycle Touring in Wales and Cycling Lon Las Cymru, describes a short break riding along the Heads of the Valleys cycle route, a hidden gem, two-thirds of...

Rhone

Article · 28 Aug 2021

Walking the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome

Christine Evans decided to walk the Via Francigana from Canterbury to Rome in honour of her late mother. Here she describes two days from the middle section in Switzerland, which...

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Article · 21 Aug 2021

Discovering the Isle of Rum

Ester Carlomagno spent two months living on the Isle of Rum, volunteering at the Rum National Nature Reserve, where she went walking whenever the weather allowed

Lac Chambon Murol

Article · 24 Jul 2021

Grand Traverse of the Central Massif by mountain bike

The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central (the route from Avallon to Besse-en-Chandesse) provided Joost Ameye with 14 days of beautiful landscapes and exhilarating rides on a...

Trimley Marshes

Article · 17 Jul 2021

The Stour and Orwell Walk in a day

During lockdown, Stephen Dunnett set himself the challenge of keeping it local by exploring the long-distance routes in his home county of Suffolk. He suggests that this is a quiet part of the country worthy of consideration for a walking trip.

Meifod and Welshpool

Article · 12 Jun 2021

The beauty and the trials of Glyndŵr's Way

Emma Sawyer and a friend were walking the whole of Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail with the help of the Cicerone guidebook. And despite the after effects of several bottles of...

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Article · 20 Mar 2021

The Sandlings Walk in a day

Stephen Dunnett returned from a trip to New Zealand and a country in lockdown. All events were cancelled and the challenge became staying motivated. Here he suggests that planning for the future is a positive way to prepare for the freedom that will...

Robert Louis Stevenson statue

Article · 27 Feb 2021

In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson on the GR70

Some 140 years after Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey Modestine set out on their 12-day hike through France's Velay and Cevennes regions, Nike Werstroh, the author of...

Levens

Article · 10 Jan 2021

Achieving a first cycling century: two perspectives

When a friend asked Cress Allwood to support him in achieving his goal of riding 200 miles from London to Paris, she was happy to help with the training. But with Roger's first...

Overlooking Lake Como, Italy

Article · 14 Nov 2020

A long-distance walk around Lake Como in Italy

Using routes from Gillian Price's 'Walking Lake Como and Maggiore', ferry crossings and their own ingenuity, Carol and Jim Watson enjoyed a long-distance walk around one of...

Running along the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Gairlochy

Article · 16 Sep 2020

Fastpacking the Great Glen Way

In May 2017, Josephine Anselin set out on a three-day solo fastpacking trip from Fort William to Inverness, running 79 miles (121km) coast to coast through the Scottish Highlands. Usually treated as a long-distance hiking route, the Great Glen Way...

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...

The snout of Grey Glacier at the start of the W trek

Article · 20 Jun 2020

Trekking down south: the W trek in Torres del Paine

On a recent trip to Patagonian Chile, Cicerone sales agent James Benson explored the mountains, lakes and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park.

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Article · 7 Mar 2020

Early days on the Via Francigena in Italy

Melanie Trethowan left her home in rural New South Wales, Australia, to travel the Italian leg of the Via Francigena.

Pine Tree Island Beach

Article · 26 Feb 2020

An Intro To... Walking in Lithuania

Lithuania’s countless blue lakes, dense coniferous forests, traditional wooden villages and a shy network of hiking trails haven’t yet made their way to international fame. Guillaume Martin says join the happy few in the know, lace up your...