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Making the Camino del Norte your own

Spain’s Camino del Norte enjoys some of the most stunning scenery of any pilgrimage. While beaches, coastal views and verdant peaks are frequent fixtures of the official route, the Norte also benefits from an abundance of alternative tracks, making it possible to customise the experience in many different ways. Here are Dave Whitson's ​five highlights.

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Storm damage in the Dolomites

Gillian Price warns of disruption to walking in the Dolomites due to storm damage. If you are walking in the area and encounter any problems please let us know so we can keep other walkers informed.

Pic10 Looking North From The Nuvolone Belvedere

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Walking around Lake Como and Maggiore in northern Italy

The glorious northern Italian lakes were once justifiably popular stops on the Grand Tour. In her guidebook, Walking Lake Como and Maggiore, Gillian Price reminisces about her own early visits, then takes us strolling along the beautiful lakesides to explore a fantastic array of walking routes.

North Japan Alps

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Trekking down the spine of the North Japan Alps

Early last summer Tom Fay headed to the Northern Japan Alps to do some final research for the Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji guidebook. This is where the trails took him.

Running on Pen-y-ghent’s southern slopes (photo: Alice Ellwood)

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How do you decide on your favourite run?

Everyone has a favourite run, right? And surely that question is easy to answer for Pete Ellwood, who has just written a running guide, Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales. Actually, it’s not.

Pulsatilla anemones

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Spring flower walks in the Haute Savoie

A visit to the mountains of the Haute Savoie is always an enjoyable experience, but is especially so in spring and early summer if you are a lover of alpine flowers, says Pamela Harris.

The volcanic landscape of Puy de la Vache

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Hidden Gem – Walking in the Auvergne, France's ancient volcanic landscape

The Auvergne forms the major part of the Massif Central of France. It's a stunning area of ancient volcanic scenery, crossed by numerous waymarked paths which thread through a landscape covering 25,000 square kilometres. It's easily accessible, the climate is not too extreme, the towns and villages offer historic interest and the walking opportunities range from gentle short walks to vigorous...

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The Great Outdoors Challenge: Prep and planning

Peter Aylmer prepares for the annual event that stretches coast-to-coast across the Scottish Highlands, where one of the first challenges is to make it into the ballot. Here he shares his preparation and planning process for his hard-won place on the TGO Challenge 2019.

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Fastpacking for Beginners: 23rd March 2019

Join Rick Pearson of Runner's World and Lily Dyu, author of Faspacking (Cicerone, 2018) for an introduction to fastpacking on the 23rd March 2019. Fastpacking for Beginners will appeal to anyone who's planning a fastpacking adventure in 2019, or just curious to find out more about this fast-growing sport.

Mont Blanc and the Alpine chain behind the CAS Cabane de Cunay, Swiss Jura

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Be a bigfoot - give snowshoeing a try

It's not very surprising, given our mostly fickle winters, that not many people have tried snowshoeing. But Mick Borroff urges you to give it a go.

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Cycling the Camino event with Mike Wells

Cycling the Camino de Santiago is an experience enjoyed by over 21,000 riders each year from all corners of the world. Join Mike for his illustrated talk as he takes you through northern Spain, covering the essentials of logistics and fascinating highlights of this journey.

The Uig Hills seen from Ardroil

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Helicopter Rescue in the Hebrides

A routine walk on the Isle of Lewis turned into a terrifying experience for Peter Edwards and some visiting friends when one of them fell 200ft off a cliff. It could have been a fatal accident, but for the commitment and bravery of the emergency services.

Pic7 On Talkin Fell Above Geltsdale

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In the garden of Eden

In an age when nature is constantly being pushed to the fringes – by housing, farming, infrastructure developments and by our own busy, urban-centric lives – encounters with wildlife are increasingly rare and increasingly precious. Vivienne Crow, author of Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, recalls some special wildlife moments in this quiet corner of northern England.

Exciting bridge across the Gunt River, Bachor

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Trekking in Tajikistan: Frequently asked questions

Jan Bakker, author of the Cicerone guidebook to Trekking in Tajikistan answers some frequently asked questions about travelling to and trekking in this beautiful yet often misunderstood country.

Ben Nevis Summit At Sunrise  Early In The Summer You Might Only Need A Few Hours Of Battery Life For All Night Adventures

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How to choose the right headtorch

With the clocks about to change in the UK and autumn settling in, Joe Williams takes a timely look at what makes a good headtorch, whether you’re a walker, trekker, climber or runner.

Descending from the Glyders with Snowdon hiding in the clouds. Fastpacking in Snowdonia.

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The joys of fastpacking

Lily Dyu recounts some of her most memorable adventures (and misadventures) while multi-day running.

Superb views from the Hohturli Pass. The Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland. Photo by Chris Councell.

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What is fastpacking?

Lily Dyu explains the concept of fastpacking: a fast-growing niche in the world of trail running.

Ruins of Roman aqueduct near Ars-sur-Moselle

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Discover the history of the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine

Carroll Dorgan, the author of Cicerone’s guidebook to the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine, described the highlights of that trail in a previous Cicerone Extra article. Here, he recounts some of the history that surrounds the trekker on the Northern GR5.

Upper Lake with Torc Mountain in the distance

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5 of the best short walks in County Kerry

County Kerry is along what has become known as the Wild Atlantic Way, a driving route up the west coast of Ireland that takes in all the famous spots. But as with any special place it pays to get further away from the car parks and experience the landscape more personally. Here, Alex Kendall chooses 5 of what he thinks are the best short walks in County Kerry.

High above Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, another intermediate bikepacking route

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What is bikepacking?

Jim Sutherland explains what bikepacking is: the combination of lightweight backpacking with mountain biking, or touring on a mixture of roads, gravel tracks, single track and sometimes walking paths for multiple days with an overnight stop.

Descending the Col de l'Izoard

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Top tips for cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes

Jonathan cycled the Route des Grandes Alpes to celebrate his birthday and learned vital lessons along the way. He now has an abundance of advice to share with others on how to make the most of the great French cycle route.