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Snowshoeing in the Engadine

For those who wish to enjoy the serenity of winter mountain landscapes away from the bustle of the main downhill skiing centres, the Engadine in south-east Switzerland is nirvana.

Walking Among A Plethora Of Flowers Towards The Summit Of Poios Brancos Serra Da Estrela

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Plant spotting in Portugal

Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok were not only astounded by the walking opportunities in Portugal but also its wild flowers. Here, the authors of the Cicerone guidebook to walking in Portugal, describe where to see some of their favourite plants and flowers.

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21 awe-inspiring photographs to make you want to visit the Dolomites

James Rushforth, Dolomites expert and author of two Cicerone guidebooks to the area, chooses 21 photos that will make you want to add the Dolomites to your wishlist. The Dolomites are the perfect adventure playground - with walks, treks, climbs and via ferratas for all levels. These pictures may go some way in explaining why Cicerone has six guidebooks just to this area.

01 The Aletsch Glacier Runs South From Jungraujoch For 20Km

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Walking the Aletsch Glacier

Mike Wells describes a recent visit to Western Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch. Here, he describes the two day trek along the entire length of the glacier.

Trekking in Svalbard

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Spitsbergen: The end of the world - Trekking in your 70s

Clive and Jennifer Darley believe age should be no barrier to having great adventures in the mountains: "Equipped with a cardiac pacemaker and a prosthetic hip and with a combined age of over 140, we set off to prove that venerability, a degree of infirmity and not-unlimited finances need not be a barrier to ambition in seeking out new challenges. The armchair and slippers can wait!"

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Norge På Langs, “Skiing Norway from end to end”

Tania Noakes, writer, adventurer and IFMGA Mountain guide, is about to set off on the journey of a lifetime - something she has dreamed of for years: to ski Norway from end to end. Here, she describes her preparations for the trip. 

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Three Seasons in Three Days – a trek in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

No matter how many times you climb mountains they can still spring surprises. Is this one of the reasons we keep returning? A simple three-day trek crossing Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains one November turned into one such instance for Cicerone author Richard Hartley and his companions.

The View South East From Ryggjehoe

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Walking in the Ice Age: October in Jotunheimen

Norway's great Jotenheimen National Park is home to the country's highest peak, Galdhøppigen. Experienced trekker and Cicerone author Alex Kendall decided on a trip in October - did he time it right for the beautiful colours of autumn, or would the snows of winter have already set in?

Errant keepers. Men and wolves in comparison

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Errant keepers. Men and wolves in comparison

In the rugged mountainous Apennines of central Italy on the border between the regions of Lazio and Abruzzo, wolves are a part of life, as are shepherds and their guard dogs who protect the flocks. Matteo Luciani is a young scholar from Rome who spent the summer over three years with the shepherds there. He describes the experience with beautiful photos and evocative words (in both English and...

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Around Spain, off road, on a mountain bike

We all know Spain is a beautiful country, but most of us visit the coasts and the famous cities. Jonathan Halstead, author of Three Wheels on my Bicycle, decided to visit a less well-known Spain, travelling through its remote mountain ranges and visiting small towns and villages in quiet valleys. Below are selected excerpts from his book, describing a 3000km, five month journey involving over...

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Cyprus: From Venetian Bridges to an abandoned village

Trails criss-cross the hillsides and the tranquil forest hides Venetian bridges, ruins and stories in Cyprus. On the island where every passing century has left its own stamp and where every day hold something new to discover. Nike Werstroh recalls one day from Cyprus when she and Jacint Mig followed the Venetian Bridges trail and then wandered amongst the abandoned houses of Vretsia.

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Encounters of the friendly kind: pathfinding in the Sierras of Extremadura

Extremadura has always been a place where people walked. Gisela Radant Wood, author of Cicerone’s The Sierras of Extremadura, is continuing a long tradition of choosing a path and following it. She has never been absolutely lost but has had the luck always to meet someone who knows the way, as she recounts in some anecdotes from the routes in her guidebook.

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Exploring the Peaks of the Balkans Trail

Rudolf Abraham, author of Cicerone’s new guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, describes his experiences while he was researching and walking for the guidebook to this mountainous trek around Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The Wetlands Of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Re-imagining the city: quiet ways along London’s ‘other’ rivers

Imagine a land of forgotten tributaries, hidden history and resurgent nature, where a fox might be spied far from any hen-coop, or a pair of coots build their nest with cast-offs from the human world. Yes, that’s right: London, which Peter Aylmer has been exploring for his Cicerone guide Walking in London.

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Backpacking the GR131 in Tenerife

Bart Caers takes a solo walk along the beautiful, lonely GR 131 on the Atlantic island of Tenerife, where the route takes in desert, rainforest and volcanic wilderness.

Stodmarsh Nature Reserve Makes For Interesting Walks Among The Reedbeds

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Walking in Kent: no second best

Kev Reynolds recently wound up a lecture on trekking in the Himalaya, when a member of the audience asked: ‘If you’re so passionate about mountains, why do you live in Kent?’ Here is his response…

Day 26 The Quiet Village Of Aguero With Its Neighbouring Rock Formations

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Photogallery: Trekking Spain's GR1

During April and May 2017 Rose Muylaert walked a large section of the GR1, or Sendero Historico, in Spain. She shares these photos from the stretch between L'Escala and the Basque country, saying that "it was a splendid but secluded walk, but I like secluded walks."

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How much preparation do I need for polar exploration?

Polar exploration was once reserved for a very few hardy explorers who were not confident of even returning from their trips alive. Shackleton famously advertised for "Men Wanted for hazardous journey" promising "constant danger" but "safe return doubtful". Now that expeditions of all types have somewhat become commodities, Dixie Dansercoer looks at the true requirements for polar exploration.

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Rewalking the North Downs Way

Updating his North Downs Way guide, Kev Reynolds reconnects with the beauty and history of this easily-overlooked National Trail.

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Exploring the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps

Kev Reynolds knows the Alps like no one else. He tells us about a trek in the little-known Silvretta and Rätikon Alps, the mountain regions that straddle the Swiss-Austrian border. Characterful huts, sleepy alpine villages and remote and mysterious peaks and valleys make up this area.

Crossing The Cantabrian Mountains Llana De Puerto

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Cycling the Vía de la Plata

The Vía de la Plata is one of the great Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela. Cicerone author John Hayes set about cycling the route. Here, he describes the history and culture of the region as well as giving some planning and logistics tips.

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Remembering Walt Unsworth

In June 2017, Walt Unsworth, the founder of Cicerone Press and legend of mountain writing, publishing and editing died. Cicerone's current directors and many Cicerone authors share their fond memories of Walt.