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Cicerone will be 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.

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.

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


A key event on our celebration calendar is the Adventure Travel Show (Olympia, London 19-20 January 2019) and it will be jam-packed with fun, adventure and inspiration. Cicerone will host a series of free trekking workshops and a number of inspiring author talks throughout the weekend, and the Cicerone stand will showcase our entire range of nearly 400 titles. The ATS will also see the official launch of our 50th year celebrations, with a huge competition and a special event for enthusiasts and journalists alike.

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

There will be more to follow... Check back again soon!

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