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The boardwalk leading towards Porto Covo

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An intro to... The Rota Vicentina

If you have a penchant for dramatic cliffs and awesome ocean scenery with secluded sandy bays, are fascinated by gangly storks nesting on sea stacks, are able to walk around 20km per day, appreciate fresh fish and charming guesthouses and hostels… without forgetting ancient oak forests, brilliant carpets of wildflowers, sweet oranges, mouthwatering traditional Portuguese cuisine and inimitable...

Day 1 01 The Kyle of Sutherland

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Cycling the north coast of Scotland

The North Coast 500™ is a 500-mile lap of Scotland starting and finishing in Inverness, which many people choose to do as a cycle tour. James Cox and his companions looked at this route but decided instead to design their own, cycling 498 miles around the north and west coasts of Scotland, to Cape Wrath and over the Skye bridge.

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Hiking the Seensteig in Germany’s beautiful Black Forest

Kat Morgenstern describes the Seensteig, hidden away in Germany’s beautiful Black Forest. The circular route is surprisingly diverse and interesting, taking in mountains, ancient tarns, and joining up with the scenic Westweg.

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The first woman to climb all of Ireland’s mountains

After spending around 20 years climbing all the Munros, Munro tops, Furths, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds and Nuttalls, a moment of ‘what next?’ led Christine Gordon to spend the next 18 months climbing all the plus-2000ft mountains in Ireland. She is the first recorded woman to complete the challenge.

Tobermory, Mull's main town

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9 reasons why the Isle of Mull is the best place in Scotland for low-level walking

The Isle of Mull is part of the Inner Hebrides, the group of islands that run up the spectacular west coast of Scotland from Arran to Skye. It sits approximately half-way up, wedged into the sea between Morvern and the Argyll coast. Mull lacks the mountaineering spectacle of Skye and the remote romance of the smaller islands, but easily has the best low-level walking in Scotland.

the once forbidden Kingdom of Mustang

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The Kingdom of Mustang in the remote Nepalese Himalaya

Frank Husslage explores the once forbidden Kingdom of Mustang in the remote Nepalese Himalaya. He finds monks, seashells and shamanism and wishes he could better capture on film the vibrancy and beauty of the area.

Beinn Shiantaidh

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Walking in Jura's geological wonderland

Cicerone author Peter Edwards rarely used to take the time to appreciate the environment around him when out on the hills, but a trip to the Isle of Jura in the Southern Hebrides prompted a change in his attitude.

2 Riomaggiore Has A Tiny Harbour

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An intro to… the Cinque Terre

Gillian Price’s Walking Italy's Cinque Terre is a collection of 16 breath-taking routes described in tempting detail. Here, Gillian answers the questions that visitors frequently ask about this magical part of the world.

Waun Fach and Pen y Gadair Fawr from Pen Allt-mawr summit (Stage 5)

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An intro to... The Cambrian Way

Are you an adventurous and experienced walker looking to discover Wales in a whole new way? Here's an introduction to the Cambrian Way - a challenging but equally rewarding long-distance route from Cardiff to Conwy.

Lintern Paddy Buckley

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What are the Big Rounds?

The Bob Graham Round, the Paddy Buckley Round and the Charlie Ramsay Round are known to mountain runners as three of the most difficult 24-hour challenges in the world. But whether you run or walk, each round is a long-distance classic.

Out with Grandpa in the Rätikon Alps

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Out with Grandpa in the Rätikon Alps

Kev Reynolds has many stories to tell from his years in the mountains. In this new series he will share some of his most memorable moments with us - some funny, some serious, but all very Kev. Each article will be illustrated by colleague and close friend Clare Crooke. This tale is from the Rätikon Alps...

Cote De Lofthouse

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Hidden Gem – Nidderdale, a Yorkshire Dale often overlooked

Nidderdale – not necessarily the first name you would think of when visiting the Yorkshire Dales, and yet it is no less worthy than its better-known neighbours of Wharfedale and Wensleydale. Hanging off the far south eastern end of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the river Nidd begins as Nidd Head Spring on the slopes of Great Whernside and flows east, and then south through Pateley Bridge...

Llynnau Cregennen and Mawddach Estuary from Craig-las

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The battle for the Cambrian Way

The Cambrian Way stretches for 479km through the most spectacular parts of Wales between Cardiff and Conwy. Richard Tyler explains how, in the face of years of opposition, its creator and biggest advocate Tony Drake fought for it to gain official recognition.

Refuge de la Breche and the Cirque de Gavarnie

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40 years of Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees

Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees is 40 years old. First published in 1978, it’s never been out of print and, following numerous updates and reincarnations, the latest edition is imminent. It’s the granddaddy of our guides, so we asked its author, Kev Reynolds, to look over his shoulder and tell us about the changes that have occurred to the mountains and trails, as well as the book, since the...

An overview of the Vignemale peak, the Ossoue glacier and the three Russell caves in the middle

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Searching for Russell’s caves on the Pyrenean Haute Route

In spring 2018, while doing research for the new guidebook on the Pyrenean Haute Route, Tom Martens discovered that the Vignemale, France’s highest Pyrenean peak at 3298m, held a cave he’d never heard of. He decided to find it.

Going over Rivington Pike from the easier side

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Lancashire Cycleway South: The ideal mini-tour

Richard Barrett encourages some keen cyclists to try a cycle tour for the first time by explaining to them that you can cycle tour in the style you prefer - hostels, hotels, e-bikes, whatever works for you.

Heading north from Galloway to Ayrshire

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Scotland south to north: Mull of Galloway Trail

Christine Gordon's latest challenge to walk the length of Scotland began with the Mull of Galloway Trail and the Loch Ryan Coastal Path. Well, actually, it began with tea and cake, like all good walks.

The snowy Bernina massif, viewed  from Diavolezza

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Walking in the Engadine: a valley for all seasons

There are many wonderful places to walk in Switzerland and some are more touristy than others. Here, author Kev Reynolds sings the praises of the Engadine, a valley he first knew when he lived and worked there as a younger man and has since revisited many times.

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Another Afghanistan: Trekking in the Wakhan Corridor

​In the far northeast of Afghanistan lie the mountains of the Wakhan Corridor. This rugged area, tucked between the giants of the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs, has remained untouched by the wars that have battered the country for so many years. Since 2006, the region has been accessible from neighbouring Tajikistan and the most dangerous part of Afghanistan can be avoided. Every year a growing...

Ridge near Cat Bells

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A weekend walking in the Lake District

Every year Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig look forward to the spring and summer months when they can camp and walk in one of their favourite places in England, the Lake District. Armed with Cicerone’s Lake District High Level and Fell Walks guide, they spent a Bank Holiday weekend exploring and trying to dodge the unseasonal weather.