'Footnotes' is a podcast to inspire you about outdoor travel and activities in the UK and across the world. Through conversations with our guidebook authors, team members and other outdoor experts, this podcast offers plenty of inspiration and advice about exploring the outdoors. Whether you're an established long distance-trekker or have just rediscovered a love of walking or cycling, listen in to discover your next outdoor adventure.
Published 5 Jan 2022
The beautiful country that’s full of surprises for walkers and trekkers
Hannah chats with Janneke Klop about the splendour of walking and trekking in the mountains of Romania. The massive number of mountains means that there is something for everyone in this country - from short and fun walks for children to exposed...
Published 8 Dec 2021
A quick look through some of our picks for Spring
Hannah and Joe have a quick look through some of Cicerone's Spring titles in a bid to stave off the dark and cold of the northwest of England in December! We get excited about the Dolomites and sausage pancakes and see a different side to...
Published 24 Nov 2021
A whistlestop tour of the Vanoise, including where to stay, what to do and when to go
A whistlestop tour of the Vanoise, including where to stay, what to do and when to go. In this episode we talk to Lesley Williams who has many years of experience walking, trekking and cycling in the Alps, and who helped Jonathan with his reworking...
Published 10 Nov 2021
Winter sunshine options for walkers and trekkers
A dose of walking somewhere sunny can break up the cold and wet winter and, whilst we can't actually guarantee the weather, there are a few reliable destinations. Paddy Dillon shares his favourites, thoroughly tested over a lifetime of...
Published 27 Oct 2021
Cycling from Berkshire to Santiago de Compostela
Timmy Mallett, of 90s childhood TV fame, chats to us about his epic cycle along the Camino de Santiago in honour of his brother Martin who believed in the power of everyone to reach their potential. Surprisingly moving, inspirational and, of...
Published 13 Oct 2021
Over 500 miles and 189 Nuttalls in 3 weeks
In this episode Hannah chats to Will Renwick, president of Ramblers' Wales, who has just run every mountain in Wales. Originally hoping to do a long-distance walk, Will decided to run all 189 of Wales' mountains in three weeks because he couldn't...
Published 29 Sept 2021
Mountain huts, food, and equipment advice
In this episode Hannah asks Jonathan, Lesley and Joe Williams about walking and trekking in Europe. We try to give you an overview of 162 guidebooks to outdoor adventures across the continent... In 24 minutes.
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Published 15 Sept 2021
Legendary fellrunner Joss Naylor chats about the Lakes Meres and Waters route in the Lake District
Joss Naylor and Mhairi Helme join us for our September Live event and it's a book launch special! Joss chats about his favourite running route, the Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District, and we hear how Mhairi found it on her recent...
Published 1 Sept 2021
Explore the Swiss Alps with views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa
Iconic locations in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt and Saas-Fee have plenty of offer walkers of all abilities, from low-level lake walks that are suitable for all the family to more serious outings on steep and rocky mountain trails. In this episode,...
Published 18 Aug 2021
Exploring the GR7 and the variety of walking in Andalucia
Join author and Andalucia-expert Guy Hunter-Watts to find out everything you need to know about walking and trekking in Andalucía.
The diverse landscapes of Andalucía offer a huge variety of walks and treks for those wishing to visit one of...
Published 4 Aug 2021
Exploring the GR20 and five shorter treks on Corsica
While most famous for the challenging GR20, renowned as Europe's toughest long-distance trail, Corsica also offers several shorter treks including the Mare a Mare and Mare e Monti that explore the brilliant Mediterranean coastline and vibrant...
Published 21 Jul 2021
Explore a UK county with brilliantly varied walking
Offering walks that explore gristone moors, wooded valleys, and expansive coastline, Lancashire is a county that showcases some of the most varied walking in the UK. To share his love for this often-overlooked county, Cicerone author Mark Sutcliffe...
Published 7 Jul 2021
Sleeping out on hilltops and hillsides in a bivvybag
With just a sleeping bag and a bivvybag, bivvying allows you to immerse yourself in the landscape and enjoy sunsets, sunrises and the stars. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, we hear all about bivvying on hillsides and...
Published 23 Jun 2021
Exploring filming locations around Keswick and Crummock Water
Filmed on location in the Lake District and starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, 'Supernova' follows couple Sam and Tusker on a campervan roadtrip as they come to terms with Tusker's early onset dementia. In this special episode of the podcast,...
Published 9 Jun 2021
Advice on navigation skills and equipment
In our second #AskCicerone episode focusing on long-distance walking in the UK, we speak to Cicerone's Business Development Director Joe Williams about navigating on long-distance routes in the UK. From discussing how much navigational ability is...
Published 26 May 2021
Exploring Lake District scrambles from classic routes to ghyll scrambles
From classic scrambles on Striding Edge and Pillar Rock to lesser known routes and ghyll scrambles, the Lake District has plenty to offer scramblers and climbers. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, Cicerone author John...
Published 12 May 2021
Advice for both summer and winter in the UK
In our latest #AskCicerone episode, we ask Marketing Director and guidebook author Lesley Williams for her advice on equipment for long-distance walking in the UK. Offering tips for both summer and winter, Lesley covers footwear, waterproofs and...
Published 28 Apr 2021
Discover community, history and culture on a pilgrim journey in northern Spain
As one of the most travelled pilgrim trails in the world, the Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago is an unforgettable experience rich with history, culture and community. In 784km, the Camino Frances journeys from St Jean-Pied-de-Port in...
Published 14 Apr 2021
Cycling the length of Britain on quiet roads and traffic-free paths
Travelling the length of Britain from Cornwall and the Somerset Levels to the Cairngorm Mountains and northern Scotland, Land's End to John o' Groats is an iconic route and life-long aspiration for many cyclists. In this episode, Cicerone author...
Published 31 Mar 2021
Exploring an ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome
An ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury in England to Rome in Italy, the Via Francigena explores medieval cities, vineyards, lakes and mountains as it travels through England, France, Switzerland and Italy on its journey to the Vatican City. In...
Published 17 Mar 2021
Celebrating eight new guidebooks for walking the Lake District fells
With iconic lakes and mountains, the Lake District National Park is one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations and attracts millions of visitors every year. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, Cicerone author Mark...
Published 3 Mar 2021
Exploring the benefits of a self-guided walking holiday
From the Coast to Coast to the West Highland Way, Contours Walking Holidays offer a range of self-guided walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Many of Contours' holidays use Cicerone guidebooks, and the support provided by...
Published 17 Feb 2021
Top tips about Scandinavian huts, camping, budgeting and river crossings
Whether trekking the Kungsleden in Sweden or choosing a shorter hike from Cicerone’s new guidebook to Hiking in Norway: South, the beautifully varied landscape of Scandinavia is a paradise for hikers. In this episode of highlights from our...
Published 3 Feb 2021
Martha Wood from Bendrigg Trust, a specialist residential activity centre
Based between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people of any age or ability. For this episode, we are joined by Martha Wood...
Published 20 Jan 2021
Starting out, kit, and food: top tips for lightweight backpacking
President of the Backpackers Club and guidebook author Paddy Dillon joined us to give his top tips for lightweight backpacking, including advice for starting out, lightweight gear, and food. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live...
Published 6 Jan 2021
'The Biggest Book of Yes' and solo-walking the South West Coast Path
In 2011, Zoe Langley-Wathen stepped out of her comfort zone and completed her first solo long-distance walk along the South West Coast Path. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, we discussed resilience, outdoor medicine and...
Published 23 Dec 2020
Our first #AskCicerone episode
In our first #AskCicerone episode, we discuss the Tour of the Lake District and the Cumbria Way with Marketing Director and guidebook author Lesley Williams, exploring the highlights, practicalities and camping options on both long-distance walking...
Published 9 Dec 2020
A lifetime of mountaineering from Roseberry Topping to the Himalaya
As the first and only Briton to climb all 14 peaks over 8000 metres, Alan Hinkes OBE is an expert in Himalayan and Karakoram mountaineering and successfully summited mountains including K2, Kanchenjunga and Annapurna. In this episode of highlights...
Published 25 Nov 2020
The South West Coast Path and trekking in Iceland
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 walking the South West Coast Path and trekking in Iceland, Raynor grew to...
Published 11 Nov 2020
Cycle and discover the history of Roman Britain
Visiting Roman forts, milecastles and other historic sites in the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Cycleway is a fantastic three-day ride across northern England from Ravenglass in Cumbria to South Shields near Newcastle-upon-Tyne...