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Climbing in the Pyrenees

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A difficult day in the Pyrenees

An extract from A Walk in the Clouds by Kev Reynolds reveals that sometimes you can have 'Something of a doo-day'. This story takes place in the Pyrenees, near the valley d'Oô.

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In search of wildlife on Speyside

Outdoor writer Terry Marsh takes time to get up close to some of the wildlife of the Cairngorms and Speyside regions of Scotland, and discusses how best we can both enjoy and protect our more endangered animals within their native habitat.

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VAM: A Naismith’s rule for cyclists

Cicerone author and keen cyclist Richard Barrett shares his tips on working out how much those steeper climbs will slow you down. Here, he explains VAM - (velocità ascensionale media) a method for estimating your speed when cycling through hills and planning your sportive training runs. A Naismith's rule for cyclists, calculated by Michele Ferrari.

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Spring flowers of the Fenouillèdes, France

Spring is a gorgeous time of the year, no matter where you are. For Kat Morgenstern, however, one of the best places to spend the season of flowers is in the Fenouillèdes, in the deep south of France. But most people will probably have never heard of this wonderful place for walking, tucked away between the Corbière Mountains and the northern rim of the Pyrenees, just inland from the...

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The wilder side of the Wye: Plynlimon to Tintern

Mike Dunn, author of Cicerone’s new guide to ‘Walking in the Wye Valley’, suggests lots of walks for exploring the best of this much-loved area, away from the tourist honeypots.

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Climbing the Bedouin routes of Wadi Rum

The story of the first western climbers to tackle the magnificent climbs on the ancient Bedouin hunting routes of Wadi Rum, Jordan. This Middle Eastern region is home to some spectacular sandstone rock climbs, as well as significant historical and cultural interest.

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Springtime in Turkey's Taurus mountains

Dave Porter's first trip to the Taurus mountains of Turkey came about following the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001, when he decided to try and seek out alternative Easter/Spring walking destinations relatively close to home - places where big impressive mountains can be quickly accessed, and where there's a chance for a bit of sunbathing on a nice beach afterwards!

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The Cotswold Way – why a national trail?

The Cotswold Way is Britain's newest national trail. Kev Reynolds reflects on the unique qualities of the Cotswold Way, Britain's 19th national trail, and on why it is that once walked, you are likely to return time and again to explore and rediscover what makes this trail so special.

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Doing the Top job in the English Lake District

Graham Uney, one of the Lake District's two Fell Top Assessors, shares the secrets of the job that involves climbing Helvellyn every day right through the winter and keeping other mountaineers safe.

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Trekking the Alpine Pass Route across Switzerland

Starting in Sargans and finishing in Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva, the Alpine Pass Route (APR) makes a complete east-west traverse of Switzerland, taking in some of the most dramatic and best known scenery in the Alps, covering 202 miles and crossing 16 mountain passes.

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Mysteries, monuments and medics on the Danube

Mike Wells is currently writing a series of cycling guides to the great rivers of Europe for Cicerone. His latest guide, the first part of a two-volume series describing the Danube Cycleway is published this month. This covers the first part of the Danube Cycleway from its source in Germany’s Black Forest to the great imperial city of Budapest passing through Germany, Austria and Hungary. Here...

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The Wales Coast Path: Not a stroll along the beach

The Wales Coast Path sneaked up on expert guidebook author, Paddy Dillon. One moment there was talk about creating a continuous coastal path around the country, and the next moment it was open for business. Here, he tells us a bit more about this long coastal route.

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Secret Walks in North-West England

Although little known as a walking destination, the Eden valley is no untouched wilderness - it has been inhabited for thousands of years.

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Hole in One

Kev Reynolds and his climbing partner Hugh explore the Vignemale and Vignemale glacier in the Pyrenees, but all was not well when they crossed the glacier.

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Winter Hillwalking

Summer hillwalking and winter mountaineering are worlds apart, with virtually every dimension of the environment transformed in the latter season. The risks – and, arguably, the attractions – are multiplied many times over in winter, when the mountains become both wonderland and danger zone. In this first extract from their book ‘The Hillwalker’s Guide to Mountaineering’, Terry Adby and...

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Ski-touring in the Adamello-Ortler

The European Alps form a natural border. Whichever way you turn military history, both ancient and modern, casts a shadow across the landscape. As a former army officer now working full time as a Mountain Guide in the Alps, Tania Noakes’ fascination with it has deepened.

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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...

Cycle Touring Ireland

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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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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.