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Lunching with Lizards on Madeira

A few years ago, just after Paddy Dillon’s guide to ‘Walking on Madeira’ had been published, long-standing Cicerone author Kev Reynolds found himself standing next to Paddy on the Cicerone stand at the Outdoor Show. After a day listening to the delights of walking on this beautiful island, he just had to return for a second visit.

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Winter Photography

If you enjoy battling up a Scottish gully through spindrift, you’re going to want shots that reflect that enjoyment - but such situations present real photographic challenges. More than ever, you need to think ahead, and get thoroughly familiar with your gear and techniques in easier circumstances. In this extract from their book Outdoor Photography, Jon Sparks and Chiz Dakin share their tips...

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The other side of the Canary Islands

Prolific walker and writer Paddy Dillon describes how the sun-kissed Canaries have transformed themselves into a great destination for day walkers and for trekkers since he first touched down, by accident, in Tenerife.

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Cycle touring in Ireland

After some years of bashing out stories and editing copy for newspapers in both England and Australia, Tom Cooper decided to turn his hand to writing a book. His inspiration? It was Ireland itself – happy scene of many teenage and adult holidays alike. When Tom decided to explore it further by bike he couldn’t find a suitable guidebook, so decided to write one that he hoped would help, and...

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Snowshoeing in the Alps near Chamonix

International Mountain Leader Hilary Sharp describes the fun and techniques of snowshoeing in the French Alps near Chamonix – 'one of the most enjoyable activities you can do in the snow’.

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Crossing the Larke La

In the wake of much-publicised recent fatalities in the Himalaya, Cicerone author Kat Morgenstern recalls an unforgettable couple of days crossing the Larke La pass on the Manaslu Circuit, near the Nepal-Tibet border.

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Through the Black Forest on The Westway

The Westway (Westweg) is the long distance walking route that travels through the heart of the Black Forest in Southern Germany. Here, Cicerone author Kat Morgenstern describes some of the highlights.

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Climbing the Cavall Bernat on Mallorca

The Serra del Cavall Bernat is a scramble that lies between the bay of Cala de Sant Vicenc and the Vall de Boquer in the northeast of the island of Mallorca. Although rising to a mere 353m, it has very steep cliffs, which on the seaward side plunge the full height vertically into the sea for 2km.

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Geocaching – another reason to grab your boots

Geocaching is an international craze rather like treasure hunting offering a challenging outdoor activity for all the family. Terry Marsh describes the fascinating and hugely popular global activity of Geocaching. But what is Geocaching?

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Autumn Leaves in the Lakes

Autumn: it’s the time of year that brings out the poet in all but the hardest of us. Who can fail to be moved by the sublime spectacle of the changing colours? From Constable to Monet, artists have tried to capture its glory, while poets proclaim it the “the year’s last, loveliest smile”. Scientists may explain it away with biochemical reactions, using mystifying words such as...

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Walking in western Provence

James, Cicerone's retail sales manager, tells us how he, with his wife and family of two teenage daughters went to Provence to enjoy the hills of the Var – even in the heat of August.

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Mountain Biking in the Scottish Borders

Cicerone's Sarah Spencer plots a weekend away mountain biking in the Scottish Borders. The 7stanes centre at Glentress is one of her favourite spots.

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Cycling classic Tour de France climbs

Every Tour de France supporter will know the mountains of the Maurienne. Many a champion has been made on these slopes. The mighty Galibier, the demure Madeleine, the iron-hard Croix de Fer: they all stare dispassionately down upon any cyclist daring to challenge the mountains’ slopes. Rarely will they pity any efforts to gain the summit. But, once there, the effort, the tireless struggle and...

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Running the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

A week before the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) I heard a quote on the TV. I wasn’t really listening but I thought it was someone making a tongue-in-cheek reference to how to successfully read a book: ‘you start at the beginning, you keep going to the end and then you stop’. A week later I realised that this also perfectly sums up an Ultra race. The quote had become my mantra as I...

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Sarah enjoys the Great Stones Way

Cicerone's Sarah Spencer leaps at the chance to go and check out The Great Stones Way, the 36 mile long distance walk that passes some of England's important prehistoric sites including Avebury and Stonehenge. It's perfect for an energetic long weekend or a leisurely week, with good transport links at each end.

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Trekking the GR5 - French Alps

The GR5 is a long distance route from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) to Nice, via Chamonix, the Vanoise, Modane, Briancon, the Queyras, Larch, and the Mercantour National Park. Lesley Williams, from Cicerone, tackles the 660km long GR5 trekking route that runs through the Alps from Lake Geneva to Nice on the Mediterranean. She describes how a long trek can become a way of life, rather than simply a long...

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The High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Just a short hop from Europe, Morocco's High Atlas mountains have stunning and wild trekking at altitudes up to 4000m. Hamish Brown tells us about wo routes in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco: the ascent of Jbel Tazekka (Tazzeka) 1980m, the high point of the glorious cedar forests of north-east Morocco, and the traverse of Jbel bou Naceur 3326m, Moussa ou Salah 3172m and Jbel bou Iblane 3081m, the...