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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.

Basic stone stile in the Cotswolds

Article · 26 Jun 2021

A question of stiles: rural ingenuity or hazardous obstacle?

They come in all shapes and sizes and few walks in the British countryside can avoid them. Often historic and frequently inventive, they are as much a part of our rural landscape...

Joss on Middle Fell

Article · 26 Jun 2021

Joss Naylor's lakes, meres and waters

In 1983, the legendary Joss Naylor completed the little-known 105-mile Lakes, Meres and Waters route in a staggering 19hr 14min. This Cicerone book, written by Vivienne Crow, interweaves tales of past and present as Naylor regales his epic...

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Article · 19 Jun 2021

Walkers and livestock: how to behave around animals

Natalie Simpson explains how best to minimise the potential risks - to yourself and the animals - when out walking around livestock

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...

San Jose

Article · 5 Jun 2021

Rambles and ramblas in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park

Guy Hunter-Watts, author of Cicerone’s Coastal Walks in Andalucía, describes a favourite walk in one of Andalucía’s most fascinating natural parks

Gravel bike parked up at Penmon Point on Anglesey during a mixed tarmac/trail ride

Article · 22 May 2021

5 reasons to choose a gravel bike

Suitable for cycling on both tarmac and muddy trails, gravel bikes are versatile and fantastic for off and on-road routes. Here are five reasons why Richard Barrett, a long-time road bike enthusiast, believes your next bike should be a gravel bike.

Make the most of light

Article · 9 May 2021

How to get hill-fit and train for long-distance walking

Here are some top tips to build distance and strength to help you prepare your body for the hills, mountains and trails. If you're relatively new to walking, we hope that these...

On Lingmoor one of my favourite Wainwrights

Article · 8 May 2021

(Not) finishing the Wainwrights

While the Covid pandemic has put the brakes on Cicerone's Natalie Simpson's attempts to finish the Wainwrights, the welcome addition of the Fellrangers to her list has led to isolated tops on out-of-the-way summits - amazing views for minimal effort

Tete aux Vents

Article · 2 May 2021

The Promised Land: a poem by Kev Reynolds

Kev shares a contemplative poem exploring the wonder and restorative power of a physical or even mental trip outdoors.

john O’Groats

Article · 17 Apr 2021

Why Cicerone’s LEJOG cycling route is the 'optimal' choice

Twenty years after Cicerone's first guidebook for the classic challenge of riding Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG), the third edition has just been launched, which author...

Tour de l’Agnellu watchtower

Article · 10 Apr 2021

Trekking on Corsica: connecting breathtaking coastlines and stunning mountains

South of Marseilles and worlds away from the French Riviera, the breathtaking Mediterranean island of Corsica is a paradise for walkers. In her Cicerone guidebook, Short Treks on...

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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...

gill scrambling

Article · 11 Mar 2021

What is gill scrambling?

Gill scrambling is something of an acquired taste that some find hideous and others consider to be the very best scrambling. Gill scrambling demands self-imposed rules for maximum enjoyment. John Fleetwood

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...

Galciated Slab

Article · 23 Jan 2021

What is scrambling?

The sport of scrambling is not new. In fact, the ascent of the majority of Alpine peaks by their normal route involves some scrambling. But what is it? John Fleetwood, author of Cicerone's Scrambles in the Lake District South, explains.

Makalu

Article · 16 Jan 2021

Everest region panoramas

Cicerone author and Himalayan guide Radek Kucharski gives a firsthand insight to the panoramas that can be seen by trekkers in the Everest region

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...

Camping on unfenced land is allowed anywhere in Norway, provided you are 150m away from any building

Article · 9 Jan 2021

Hiking on a budget in Norway: is it possible?

As the author of Cicerone's upcoming guidebook to 'Hiking in Norway – South', Ute Koninx is an expert in hiking in this stunning Scandinavian country. Here she shares her tips...