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Take a moment to enjoy Snowdonia
Take a moment to enjoy Snowdonia

Meet our Cicerone Connect members: "Oh the places we have been!"

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Cicerone Connect, our new Facebook community, has become a brilliant place to share your trip photos, planning questions and bucket-list ideas. We thought we'd share a few pictures from our wonderful members - thank you so much for sharing these, it's lovely to see our books being put to good use! If you're on Facebook do come and join us.

Barry Hart shares some photos from his first trip using a Cicerone Press guidebook, the Tour du Mont Blanc in 1985:

"The photos are scanned from slides so not the best quality, but this walk got me hooked on the Alps! Unfortunately most of the glaciers have shrunk considerably since this time!"

He's also walked the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites using our guidebook and, as we can see, there is "stunning scenery the whole way!".

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Elizabeth Moore shared a video likening her local walk to the "scary Levada do Curral from Paddy Dillon's book 'Walking on Madeira'... On the Levada do Curral the drainage grilles are lower down, otherwise it's pretty much like Clapham Common."

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Heather Kirkland has done lots of Cicerone walks and has given us a "shelfie" to admire as well as these photos from her travels.

Not sure if there is such a thing as too many guide booksHeather Kirkland on the Rota VicentinaThe Great Glen WayHeather2 The West Highland WayHeather The West Highland Way

Cicerone author Alex Kendall shared a gorgeous photo from his next book so we can "get excited about heading off on adventures before too long 🤗".

He also deserves an honourable mention for pointing out how incredibly accurate our guidebooks are, right down to the teapot!

"That moment when you're using a Cicerone guide to walk a trail and you come across the exact same tea pot as in the book photo! 🤠".

Accurate to a tea[pot]??Take a moment to enjoy SnowdoniaAlex's local walk around Sedbergh

Another Cicerone author Carroll Dorgan says:

"This would be a great time to go cycling - sunny, mild weather and few cars on the roads - but such outings are limited by the confinement rules. Instead, I can summon memories from 2018 of a bicycle trip along the Loire River, from its source at Gerbier de Jonc (Ardèche) to its estuary on the Atlantic at Saint-Brévin-les-Pins. Mike Wells' book guided me smoothly along those 1000 km."

Carroll 5Cycling the LoireCarroll 4 Cycling the LoireCarroll 3Carroll It'd be a great time to go on a cycle tour

Peter Adcock would also love to be re-cycling the Hebridean Way although he's making do with Bristol. Watch out for those otters!

"In September 2019 I cycled solo along the Hebridean Way (NCN route 780). Six days across 10 islands, some fantastic scenery, mostly decent weather and some wonderful people. I'd highly recommend this route. The Cicerone guide "Cycling in the Hebrides" covers this route and there is a wealth of great information on the recently opened, clearly waymarked route."

Q here.Barra Airport on the beachScary Scottish otters.Peter adcock

And some more people who've been missing their bikes. Tristram has been on a pretend cycle tour whilst Jim's ticklist hasn't had any new completions in a while!

"'Mountain Biking in the Lake District' is one of my favourite Cicerone guidebooks - ticking off the trails over the past few years has given some beautiful days out in lovely parts of the Lakes, mostly away from hotspots. And some great riding. Thanks to all involved." Jim Metcalfe.

"I had a mini adventure today. Touring bike fully kitted out, I did a 20 mile loop from my home, taking in much of the Colliers Trail, NCN 24. Then, once home, my tent is set up for my camping adventure. 😃😃😃" Tristram Carter

Tristram's mini cycle tourTristram's mini cycle tourTristram's mini cycle tourJim's bike ready to exploreTicking off cycling routes in the guidebook

Cicerone's Clare has been enjoying some extra drawing time as well as getting out walking round Kendal.

Clare

Sophie Barraclough gives us an unusual wedding anniversary idea...:

"Our next trip was going to be to explore the Dolomites this year. Our last big trip was in 2017 to do the GR20 in Corsica - the Cicerone book was our bible for the trip and was a completely invaluable guide!

Whilst most people might go on a cruise to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, we grabbed our tents, stuck rucksacks on our backs and took our two teenage sons along with us (15 & 18 at the time). It was an amazing trip (if a little stoney underfoot.....and if you've done it you will know what I mean!!) x"

Sophie Barraclough - The best way to celebrateSophie Barraclough2

Here are some more gems from the facebook group members. There are loads more in the group so please do have a look at www.facebook.com/group/ciceroneconnect.

Charles Polidano: West Highland Way, May 2017, using the Cicerone guide.Charles Polidano: West Highland Way, May 2017, using the Cicerone guide.Charles Polidano: West Highland Way, May 2017, using the Cicerone guide.Charles Polidano: West Highland Way, May 2017, using the Cicerone guide.Paul Tovell - Early morning fog in Porto on my walk of the Portuguese Camino - make the time to do it, it's something that will be in my heart forever.Paul tovell - The guide and the pictures. I walked from Nerja to Rhonda in October 2019 then went back in February this year to complete it.Paul tovell 2the GR10, GR11, GR20, Andalucian Coast to CoastKeri Wallace: Over the years I’ve enjoyed many Cicerone guidebooks. I've trekked in Corsica whilst pregnant, carried the baby in the Dolomites and more recently done some trail running in Chamonix (to name but a few!)Some of the books in Keri's collectionMy first Cicerone guide book (1982) and my last trip to Mont Blanc (2018). I am descending from the Signal de Bisanne while watching the Tour de Savoie-Mont Blanc bike race. Still dreaming of TMB.Janet Salmon in the Val d’Anniviers. This photo brings back memories of our wedding anniversary and makes me want to return!Janet Salmon: Hiking in the Palatinate Forest, Germany todayHiking in the Palatinate Forest, Germany todayAlison Glennon  The Algarve book was updated just before our visit at Xmas 19. Brilliant coastal walking plus some hillsAlison Glennon  The Algarve book was updated just before our visit at Xmas 19. Brilliant coastal walking plus some hillsRichard Tyler  Beach scene on the Harlech section of the Wales Coast Path last October.Dave Stamboulis  A few pics from our series of hikes in the Dolomites, which has a really excellent guidebook ranging from Via Ferrata to day/multi-day outingsDave Stamboulis  A few pics from our series of hikes in the Dolomites, which has a really excellent guidebook ranging from Via Ferrata to day/multi-day outingsDave Stamboulis: A few pics from our series of hikes in the Dolomites, which has a really excellent guidebooks ranging from Via Ferrata to day/multi-day outings

And finally, Max Ralston sums up pretty much how we're all feeling. Fingers crossed indeed!

"In September of 2017 I hiked the GR20, Paddy Dillon's guide in hand, and since have hardly gone a week without thinking of its rugged scenery and the escapism of the trail. Now about to finish uni I'd planned to do another great trek, and hopefully one with the same sense of camaraderie gained over a bowl of something warm and a cold beer (or two) in the Refuge. However, with borders across Europe closed and nobody knowing when the networks of mountain huts will reopen I'm waiting and hoping that there will be the opportunity for my adventure before the end of the Alpine walking season. Fingers crossed!"

The GR20. Photo by Max Ralston
The GR20. Photo by Max Ralston

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