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Cicerone Celebrates 50 Years

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Cicerone was 50 years old in March 2019. Celebrations will go on through the year, and we will keep this page updated with the latest news, events and information. Scroll down the page for the latest news.

Fifty Years of Adventure

Our celebrations have already begun with the publication of a very special commemorative book. Fifty Years of Adventure is a fantastic compilation of adventurous tales from Cicerone authors, illustrated with over 100 glorious photographs from around the world. This hardback limited edition also tells the story of Cicerone from its early years in the 1960s, making it a fascinating read both for Cicerone fans and lovers of the great outdoors.

Fifty Years of Adventure

Fifty Years of Adventure


Commemorating Cicerone's 50th year, Fifty Years of Adventure is a compilation of tales by Cicerone authors. A story to celebrate each year Cicerone has been publishing outdoor activity guidebooks, the collection is a delicious hotpot of adventures in their every shape and form.

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The History of Cicerone

Established in 1969 in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, Cicerone was set up with the aim of producing guides for walkers and climbers, written and produced by walkers and climbers. Half a century on, we have grown to encompass guidebooks and ebooks to the best walks, treks, mountains and cycle routes in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

We will be sharing a timeline of notable events from the past 50 years, both for Cicerone and the wider world. Keep checking this page for the latest.

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Cicerone founded and first book published | First man on moon | The Northern Lake District, GA Hassall (1st Ed), Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, Ian Clough (1st Ed)


Walks and Climbs in Romsdal, Norway, Tony Howard (1st Ed)


Decimalised currency replaces ‘pounds, shillings and pence’ | The Southern Lake District, Brian Evans & Walt Unsworth (1st Ed)


Western Lakes, DG Greenop (1st Ed) The Island of Rhum, Hamish Brown (1st Ed)


Britain joins the European Economic Community (EEC) | Modern Rope Techniques in Mountaineering, Bill March (1st Ed) Modern Snow and Ice Techniques, Bill March (1st Ed)


Richard Nixon resigns as US President following Watergate Scandal

Charitable Endeavours

Cicerone’s guidebooks have inspired generations of enthusiasts to have a great time outdoors, and it is fitting that Cicerone will be supporting two charities closely related to this core philosophy. The Bendrigg Trust is a Cumbria-based charity that helps disabled and disadvantaged people of any age or ability experience the outdoors. To support their promotion of adventure for all, we will fund a range of bursaries to help them carry on the excellent work they do. Secondly, working with the Juniper Trust, we will rebuild a damaged school in Nepal. The trust operates across the developing world and is closely associated with adventure travel specialist KE Adventures. We will give £1 per book sold on our website during the year to these causes. Customers who buy through our website will be invited to contribute as well, either by matching our donation or through a Justgiving page.

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Cicerone's Charitable Donations

For Cicerone's 50th anniversary we are fundraising for two charities: the Juniper Trust and the Bendrigg Trust. We will donate £1 per book sold on our website and we invite customers to make a donation too, if they wish.

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South West Face of Everest climbed for first time


Apple Computer Company formed


Elvis Presley dies | Tour of Mont Blanc, Andrew Harper (1st Ed)


World's first test-tube baby is born in Oldham | Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees, Kev Reynolds (1st Ed)


Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) founded by Walt Unsworth


Scrambles in Snowdonia, Steve Ashton (1st Ed)

Looking past the ‘painted rocks’ south of Toubkal in the early evening

Feature · 30 Nov 2018

Celebrating Fifty Years... Exploring Morocco's Anti-Atlas

Jonathan looks back on a particularly memorable trip to the mountains of Morocco with his son (and excellent rescuer) Joe Williams. This short story is taken from the commemorative book Fifty Years of Adventure.

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Humber Bridge opens, then the longest single-span bridge in the world


Launch of Waterstones | Scrambles in the Lake District, Brian Evans (1st Ed) Via Ferrata: Scrambles in the Dolomites, translated by Cecil Davies (1st Ed) Mountains of the Pyrenees, Kev Reynolds (1st Ed)


Discovery of the virus that causes AIDS | First genetically modified plant produced | UK’s first successful heart and lung transplant


Launch of first Apple Mac computer | Walking the French Alps: GR5, Martin Collins (1st Ed)

Ben Holt and Sallie O’Connor descend the Unterer Theodulgletscher below the Matterhorn

Feature · 1 Dec 2018

Celebrating Fifty Years... The Zermatt Safari

Bill O’Connor remembers a trip to ski-safari paradise Zermatt. This short story is taken from the commemorative book Fifty Years of Adventure.

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Discovery of hole in ozone layer announced


Chernobyl nuclear meltdown occurs | Walking in Mallorca, June Parker (1st Ed)


Cicerone moves to 2 Police Square, Milnthorpe | Corsican High Level Route: Walking the GR20, Alan Castle (1st Ed) Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan, Tony Howard (1st Ed)


The Adventure Alternative, Colin Mortlock (1st Ed)


Invention of the worldwide web | China’s Tiananmen Square protests | Fall of Berlin Wall | First successful nuclear gene transfer in humans | Walks and Climbs in the Picos de Europa, Robin Walker (1st Ed)


Hubble space telescope launched | Nelson Mandela released from jail

Our catalogues have changed too

Article · 28 Nov 2017

How things have changed at Cicerone, and in the world

Lesley Williams looks back over the history of Cicerone (nearly 50 years!) and how things have changed, not only here, but in the world.

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Chamonix to Zermatt: The Walker’s Route, Kev Reynolds (1st Ed) Walking in the Dolomites, Gillian Price (1st Ed)


The Dales Way, Terry Marsh (1st Ed)


Annapurna: A Trekker’s Guide, Kev Reynolds (1st Ed) Hadrian’s Wall Vol 1: The Wall Walk, Mark Richards (1st Ed) Walking in the Julian Alps, Simon Brown (1st Ed) The Northern Coast to Coast Walk, Terry Marsh (1st Ed)


Channel Tunnel officially opens, linking London and Paris by rail | The Pyrenean Trail: The GR10, Alan Castle (1st Ed)


Everest: A Trekker’s Guide, Kev Reynolds (1st Ed) Lands End to John o’Groats Cycle Guide, Simon Brown

All Packed Up And Ready To Go

News & Events · 12 Aug 2017

Farewell to Police Square: forty years of history

On 27 July Cicerone Press said farewell to 2 Police Square, home for around forty years, and moved to new offices on the outskirts of Kendal. Lesley Williams recalls some standout memories.

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Dolly the cloned sheep is born in Scotland | Through the Spanish Pyrenees: GR11, Paul Lucia (1st Ed)


Scotland and Wales vote in favour of devolution | Walking in Norway, Constance Roos


Launch of Google | Good Friday Agreement creates a devolved Northern Irish assembly | The Pennine Way, Paddy Dillon (1st Ed) Walking in the Alps, Kev Reynolds (1st Ed)


Cicerone sold to Jonathan and Lesley Williams

The Cicerone Buff: £12.50

Cicerone Buff

We've got merchandise! You can now buy a beautiful Cicerone Buff. Just add any book to your basket and then you can add the buff if you wish. If you prefer you can then remove the book from your basket!

Some of the old Cicerone guides with different logos and the price in shillings

Article · 8 Dec 2018

Cicerone Press at 50: From then to now

In this abridged extract from Fifty Years of Adventure, Kev Reynolds and Jonathan Williams look back at Cicerone's story, from then to now.

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Cicerone's first credit card order


9/11 attacks | Foot and mouth disease crisis | Book of the Bivvy, Ronald Turnbull (1st Ed)


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released | New generation covers launched | Tour of Mont Blanc, Kev Reynolds (1st Ed)


Arnold Schwarzenegger elected governor of California | Danube Cycleway, John Higginson (1st Ed), Way of St James Spain, Alison Raju (1st Ed)


Devastating tsunami hits Asia on Boxing Day | Cicerone books stored at BookSource warehouse, Glasgow | Kilimanjaro, Alex Stewart (1st Ed)

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Pope John Paul II dies | Bhutan, Bart Jordans, The Julian Alps of Slovenia, Roy Clark and Justi Carey


Facebook made publicly available | Twitter created | Scotland’s Mountain Ridges, Dan Bailey


Launch of first iPhone | Avalanche, Snow, Navigation, Pocket First Aid & Wilderness Medicine miniguides launched


Financial crash | Tour of the Oisans: The GR54, Kev Reynolds


Carol Ann Duffy appointed Poet Laureate of the UK | Swine Flu hits Mexico | Europe’s High Points, Rachel Crolla and Carl McKeating

Cicerone videos

This is our series of videos filmed with Summit Fever Media to introduce our guidebooks to those that don't know about us. All the videos involve Cicerone staff and we were delighted to work with Matt and Ellie to create these films.

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Barack Obama becomes US President | Michael Jackson dies | Trekking in the Alps, Kev Reynolds, Scotland: World Mountain Ranges, Chris Townsend


South Sudan declares independence | The News of the World paper closes | First e-Book produced | Mountain Biking in the Lake District, Ian Boyden


London Olympics | Lakeland Fellranger series completed, Mark Richards (8 titles), Cycling in the Hebrides, Richard Barrett


Andy Murray wins Wimbledon | Rhine Cycle Route, Mike Wells, Trekking Annapurna, Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons, 8000 metres, Alan Hinkes


King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates | Lake District Low Level and Lake Walks, Vivienne Crow

Latest News

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Church of England ordains first female bishop | New cover design launched | National Trails series launched | The Way of St Francis, Sandy Brown


Leicester City defy odds to triumph in the UK Premier League | Trail Running in Chamonix, Kingsley Jones


Ueli Steck dies in a climbing accident in Nepal | Via Ferratas of the Dolomites Vol 1, James Rushforth, The Peaks of the Balkans Trail, Rudolf Abraham


Swaziland changes name to eSwatini | New Cicerone website launched | Everest, Radek Kucharski, Trekking in Tajikistan, Jan Bakker & Christine Oriol


Cicerone turns 50 and publishes commemorative book "50 Years of Adventure"

The view from one of our lunch spots

Feature · 21 Dec 2019

Tales from a first-time trekker: Hannah goes to Nepal

Cicerone have been fundraising to rebuild an earthquake-damaged school in a tiny village called Rawa Dolu in Nepal. Hannah was the lucky winner of a trip to Nepal to visit the school and, with a group of volunteers, paint and decorate it. It was her first time to Nepal and her first time trekking.

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