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A perfect day in a place called Hell

There is a walkers’ paradise in Extremadura called the Narrow Pass of Hell. On a beautiful last Sunday in February, Gisela Radant Wood found out how it got its name.

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Valley deep, mountain high: A journey towards the International Mountain Leader Award

For those wishing to trek the world's mountains, the highest standard of leadership is the International Mountain Leader Award, which a number of Cicerone writers hold. Andy Hodges, author of Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne, has been working towards it since 2011, and in March 2018 it was time for his final summer assessment. For those wishing to travel independently, Cicerone guidebooks...

Banner The Khziv River Is Crossed By Stepping Stones

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The Yam el Yam trail – walking from sea to sea across Israel

Stretching for 79km across northern Israel, the Yam el Yam trail joins the Mediterranean coast with the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret in Hebrew). For many young Israelis, walking the trail is a rite of passage, often followed while in the scouts or the army cadets.

The Carn Mor Dearg Arete And The Ascent Of Ben Nevis

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The Lochaber 4000s

There are only nine mountains over 4000ft in the UK, and they are all in Scotland. It’s a big but manageable day to walk the four in Lochaber in one go but Alex Kendall gives it a try.

Banner An Awesome Feeling Of Space Beginning The Fast Descent To Airton

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Cycling the 170-mile Way of the Roses in a day

Carl McKeating set out to cycle The Way of the Roses, a 170-mile national cycle route most commonly ridden over three days, in a day. He describes the personal challenge, the brilliance of the route and the value of having a good family support team (Cicerone’s Way of the Roses author, Rachel Crolla, and the couple’s two young children).

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Damian Hall on winning the Ice Ultra in Sweden

Damian Hall has won the Ice Ultra in Sweden - here we ask him about his race preparation, the dizzy heights of appearing on local radio and how he avoided penile frostbite. Yes, really.

11 Glorious Sunset From Pitigliano

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What’s New on the Tuscan Front – 20 years on

Wolves, marble quarries, barbed wire and ancient Etruscan ways star in Gillian Price’s latest adventures as she returns to Tuscany on a special quest: to research new walks and verify existing routes for the fourth edition (2018) of her classic guide Walking in Tuscany, which first arrived on the shelves in far-off 1998. But not all goes to plan.

Enjoying the sunshine, as well as the walking, in Extremadura

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An Autumn Walk in Extremadura - from Monesterio to the monastery

The walking group in Gisela's village in Extremadura, Spain, have never walked from the town of Monesterio to visit the monastery that sits on the highest point of Badajoz Province. So, Gisela Radant Wood, the author of the guidebook to Extremadura, recently introduced them to this beautiful walk.

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Bikepacking the Moray Coast Trail

Jim Sutherland describes his bikepacking trip along the Moray Coast Trail in Scotland - plenty of hills, laughs and some good food.

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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.

Bacic Kuk And The View Extending All The Way To Paklenica

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Along the Croatian spine: Walking the Velebit Trail

Alex Kendall, creator of the Snowdonia Way, decided to leave Wales and head to Croatia for his most recent adventure. Here, he tells his story of hiking the 100km Velebit Trail where he found amazing mountains, tough walking and had a friendly uninvited dog as his walking companion for several days.

Looking Back At The Spectaular Cape Pillar And Tasman Island

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The Three Capes Track in Southern Tasmania

The Three Capes Track in southern Tasmania is a 46km hike that explores the beautiful coastline of the island, with overnights in clean, modern huts. Cicerone author Rob Houghton went to check it out: he discovered its rich history and the comfortable accommodation on the route and found the trail itself to provide smooth, easy-going walking.

Ice in Tuscany

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Ice in Tuscany

Cicerone author Gillian Price discovers a fascinating history of ice making in Tuscany. She shares some of the wonderful walking in the area and tells us more about the region's ice making traditions.

015 Villandry Has The Most Magnificent Gardens Of All The Loire Chateaux

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Challenges and surprises cycling the River Loire Route

For the past two summers, Mike Wells has been cycling up and down the Loire Valley in central France researching his new guide to the Loire cycle route. Here he recaps some of the challenges he had to overcome and the surprising things he encountered.

Trail And Fell Running In The  Lake  District

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Lake District Fell Running - the lure of the fells

Kingsley Jones lives in Ambleside and is the author of the latest mountain running title from Cicerone Press, ‘Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District’. The project has been a personal journey and has taken years to come to fruition. The choice of route line is so subjective that each runner has a different relationship with the sport. Here he explains why the Lakeland fells have been...

On Top Of The  Tux  Alps

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Trekking from Munich to Venice: Der Traumpfad

Der Traumpfad is a must-do trek for German walkers looking for an epic trans-alpine adventure between Munich and Venice, combining challenging terrain, spectacular scenery and culture. Now, thanks to a new guide by John Hayes it’s accessible to everyone.

Damian Hall SWCP Record

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In The Long Run - South West Coast Path Record

Running the South West Coast Path marked the culmination of a journey from hiker to runner for Cicerone guidebook author Damian Hall. On the 24th of May Damian reached Minehead, setting a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) of 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes for running the entire 630 mile (1000km) route.

Paddy finishes the Pennine Way

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Paddy finishes the Pennine Way

Paddy Dillon has been walking the Pennine Way in order to update his guidebook to the first National Trail. Here he gives us his general thoughts on his walk.

Five people you'll meet on the Pennine Way

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Five people you'll meet on the Pennine Way

Paddy Dillon is walking the Pennine Way in order to update his guidebook. Now that he has walked it several times it has become clear that there are several types of walkers that you are likely to meet along the Way.

Damian Hall breaks South West Coast Path record

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Damian Hall breaks South West Coast Path record

The speed record for running the South West Coast Path was recently broken by Cicerone author Damian Hall, setting a new time of 10 days 15 hours and 18 minutes. We were so excited about this at Cicerone that we had to catch up with him to find out more about the adventure. Damian wrote the Cicerone guide to Walking in the Cotswolds, but it also turns out he's an incredible ultramarathon runner!

A quick chat with Paddy Dillon

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A quick chat with Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is one of Cicerone's most prolific authors and has written over 70 walking and trekking guidebooks. We pin him down to ask a few questions of this 'indefatigable long-distance walker'.