It's a good time for planning
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Lockdown is serious, but with Cicerone there are guidebooks, articles, videos, podcasts and live events to keep goals and plans alive, as we help you discover new ideas, and bring new content to your attention. When all this is over, your 'tick list' of adventures should be ready to go!
Please check the latest UK government advice before travelling anywhere.
The world is waiting for us. In the meantime, enjoy whatever brings you happiness, and spend time dreaming and planning for new adventures.
At Cicerone, we’re as keen as you are to keep taking walks and going on bike rides. For now, keep activities well within your ability and don't take risks.
Share your exercise! Enjoy your regular exercise, and maybe invite someone local who is less experienced to share a walk or bike ride with you. There are a lot of very lonely and isolated people out there, just around the corner from you. Think how great it would be to introduce them to the joys of walking or cycling, and maybe teach them basic navigation – a worthwhile project for you both!
Reading and research to kick-start the year
Comprehensive guides and inspiration
Goals and challenges
We don't know when these will be possible, but have fun choosing, training and preparing.
Feature · 11 Jul 2016
Solo on Charlie Ramsay's Round
In 2016 Cicerone’s Joe Williams completed Charlie Ramsay’s Round, a challenging ultra-distance route across 24 summits in the Lochaber region of the Scottish highlands. From Top Gun quotes to rationing Jelly Babies, he describes both the...
Feature · 2 Oct 2016
Finding My Way and Not Getting Lost – Cycling around the world
In 2011, Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Here, she describes some of the highs and lows of her adventure across multiple continents.
Fit and well
Isn't it great that our favourite activities are good for you; for your mental and physical health, and safe during the pandemic. Get those endorphins going!
Feature · 4 May 2020
The joy of walking
Kev Reynolds has been reflecting on why he fell in love with walking many, many years ago and, despite only being allowed to walk circuits of his miniature garden, he is still daydreaming of walking holidays.
Article · 9 Nov 2015
Walking is better than the gym
Updated January 2021. Published research comparing various keep-fit activities is good news for Cicerone. According to research by Dr Grace Lordan of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2015), a brisk 30-minute walk five days a...
Sample routes and a selection of videos and podcasts
Remember that there is a free sample route for all our guidebooks available to download and enjoy, wherever you are in the world.
Check out the Cicerone YouTube Channel
Video · 26 May 2019
Discover trail running routes with a Cicerone guidebook
Discover the thrill of trail and fell running with a Cicerone guidebook, with routes for all abilities from novice to seasoned ultra-trail runner. This beautiful video from our...
Live · 28 Jul 2020
The benefits of running on mental health with Louise Johnstone
The Marathon des Sables, triathlons and fastpacking the West Highland Way: community-focused Louise Johnstone is no stranger to challenges. Join Cicerone and Louise to find out...
Video · 5 Feb 2020
Jonathan and Lesley walk the Camino Francés
Jonathan and Lesley walk the Camino Francés from Leon to Santiago de Compostela. For Camino news you can now follow our new Facebook page...
Video · 3 Jan 2013
One minute memories of Ladakh landscapes
Here is a video slideshow made by the author of our Trekking in Ladakh guidebook, Radek Kucharski. The short clip boasts a collection of stunning landscape photographs, the type of views you could expect to find when trekking in this region of...
Podcast · 25 Nov 2020
Raynor Winn and Paddy Dillon: the transformative power of long-distance walking
Bestselling author of 'The Salt Path' and 'The Wild Silence', Raynor Winn is a long-distance walker and advocate who writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. While...
Article · 11 Oct 2017
Walking in London: A Sample Route
The 42-mile Lea (or Lee) is the longest of London’s Thames tributaries, and arguably the most significant. The Lea Valley Walk runs by its major channel from Thames to source, but here is a walk that celebrates the variety of the lower Lea, using...
Article · 26 Oct 2016
Try a walk in the Pentland Hills with our free sample route
Fancy a walk in the Pentland Hills? This sample route below is taken from the guidebook to Walking in the Pentland Hills by Susan Falconer.
Article · 10 Feb 2017
Dark Peak Walks: A Sample Route from Paul Besley's new guidebook
Try a walk in the Dark Peak from our guidebook by Paul Besley.
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