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Trekking in the Parc Nacional D’Aigüestortes in the Spanish Pyrenees

28 Oct 2018 · Clive Darley

When Clive and Jennifer Darley were invited by their colleagues Kath and Simon to join them for a trek through the Spanish Pyrenees, they accepted with enthusiasm. Simon is a gifted linguist who speaks Spanish, Catalan and French fluently. The quid pro quo was that they have over 50 years’ trekking experience. It seemed an ideal combination.

Walk 1 06 The Giants' Causeway with tourists

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Walking among legends in Northern Ireland

27 Oct 2018 · Natalie Simpson

A wise man once said you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story – and who should know better than those master storytellers the Irish. Cicerone’s Natalie Simpson recounts two of her favourite walks in East Ulster, the land of fantasy and myth.

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Hiking the Chariots of Fire trek in the Spanish Pyrenees

20 Oct 2018 · Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook battles against snow and broken boots in a world of twisted water, towering mountains and shattered stone as he takes on a challenging high mountain circular route in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, curiously named the Carros de Foc.

The classic view from the mainland

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Tackling the Sturrall of Donegal: game face required

14 Oct 2018 · Peter Walker

South western Donegal has the most extraordinary coastline in all these islands, and the incredible headland of the Sturrall is probably its most extraordinary feature. Wondering if it might fit the bill as ‘Ireland’s Inaccessible Pinnacle’, Peter Walker paid it a visit.

Via Ferratas connect the summits of the Nordkette

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Innsbruck Mountain Adventures – summer routes for a multi-activity alpine holiday

10 Oct 2018

With autumn here, it’s time to consider your next summer holiday. You love the outdoors and like to try a variety of activities rather than just a single activity trip, but you also enjoy experiencing some culture, some history, perhaps an evening out in a city rather than a small, limited resort. Innsbruck has the perfect mix – it’s a vibrant city with easy access to the mountains, which...

Ruins of Roman aqueduct near Ars-sur-Moselle

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Discover the history of the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine

7 Oct 2018 · Carroll Dorgan

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.

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Hidden gem – St Moritz without the glitz – walking in the beautiful Engadine

3 Oct 2018

The Engadine, the 'valley of the Inn people', is a high valley of contrasts, and home to one of Switzerland's national parks. In the Upper Engadine between Maloja and St Moritz at around 1800m, several large lakes almost fill the valley floor, while the snow-peaks of the Bernina Alps rise nearby, and shapely mountains like Piz Palü, Bellavista, Piz Roseg and Piz Bernia spawn glaciers that hang...

Fields, trees and big sky near Rosières-en-Haye (Lorraine)

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Discover the highlights of Benelux and Lorraine on the GR5 Trail

29 Sep 2018 · Carroll Dorgan

The GR5 is a long trek, running all the way from the Hoek van Holland to Nice in France, crossing the French alps along the way. The northern part of the GR5 trail, through Benelux and Lorraine is quieter and a more gentle start to trekking than the rest of the route. Carroll Dorgan, the author of The GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine, describes some of the highlights of this part of the trail.

Calahorra Castle

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Camino Mozárabe – a time travelling pilgrimage in Iberia

22 Sep 2018 · Bloo Anderson

The Camino Mozárabe is a 1500km pilgrimage route from the Mediterranean port of Almería to the Tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela and onwards to Finisterre on Galicia’s Atlantic coast. Bloo Anderson makes a unique journey through a land charged with daily discoveries and insights into its historic past.

The glacial bowl with the Sulzenau Alm ahead

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An intro to... Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps

19 Sep 2018

How about a destination combining a variety of outdoor adventures and vibrant culture alongside quick access to the mountains? Welcome to Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps.

1 Chapelle St Michel Le Puy

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The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes

16 Sep 2018 · Clive Darley

Clive Darley treks the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes in a variety of bad weather, grim weather and horrendous weather. Nevertheless he finds plenty to philosophise about and tries to travel with Stevenson's ethos.

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Walking Egypt’s most popular mountains

8 Sep 2018 · Christine Gordon

One is Egypt's highest mountain, and one is its most popular. But, despite being so close to each other, these two mountains attract very different audiences. Christine Gordon climbed both to find out why.

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Hidden Gem – Teesdale, and the wild open spaces of the northern Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

5 Sep 2018

Upper Teesdale lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affectionately known as 'England's Last Wilderness'. If your idea of 'getting away from it all' is to enjoy the wind (and sometimes rain) in your face, vast, wild and achingly beautiful moorland, spectacular waterfalls and fascinating geology, then you will love the Upper Teesdale valley. And after a long day in the...

The viewcatcher sculpture on day 3

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Hiking the Great Glen Way: a perfect introduction to long-distance walking in the UK

2 Sep 2018 · Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook hikes his first long-distance National Trail, The Great Glen Way, which runs from coast to coast in the Scottish Highlands. Along the way he samples some of the most spectacular scenery Scotland has to offer, delves into its turbulent past and hopes to catch a glimpse of the famously elusive Loch Ness Monster.

A dizzying viewpoint over the Curral valley from Eira do Serrado

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Walking on Madeira: the island that has it all

1 Sep 2018 · Paddy Dillon

For many years, Madeira was a place where people went for sunshine and relaxation but, as Paddy Dillon explains, these days it attracts plenty of adventurers who want to explore its rugged mountains and coast.

Upper Lake with Torc Mountain in the distance

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5 of the best short walks in County Kerry

29 Aug 2018 · Alex Kendall

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.

The beautiful Lake Scanno nestled in the Valle del Saggitario

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Exploring the mountains of Abruzzo: finding some peace away from the Alps and the Dolomites

22 Aug 2018 · Sue Cooper

When one thinks of Italian mountains, the Dolomites usually spring to mind. However, there’s a lot more on offer than just the Alps. The central spine of Italy has a spectacular mountain range, known as the Apennines, and is split up further into a number of national parks, all offering an abundance of trekking opportunities. Sue Cooper recounts her first trek of the year in the beautiful...

A Fingerpost Points The Way To The Physicians Well

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Hidden Gem – how to enjoy the best mountain, moorland and coastal walks in south Wales, without the crowds

5 Aug 2018

Sandwiched between its illustrious neighbours of Pembrokeshire and the Gower, Carmarthenshire is often overlooked by visitors and locals alike, and yet beautiful Carmarthenshire benefits from breathtaking mountain scenery, golden sands, rivers, lakes, forests and moorland studded by evocative castle ruins and pretty towns, all connected by a network of 3000km well maintained footpaths and byways.

Southern Upland Way new bit: down the northeast ridge of Croft Head

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Turning the Southern Upland Way into the Southern UPland Way

29 Jul 2018 · Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull takes a new look at Scotland's toughest waymarked trail, the Southern Upland Way. It's now more upland than ever before with a new high level route through the Ettrick Hills and Ronald has been updating the guidebook to include these exciting changes.

Walking into an Umbrian vista between Citerna and Citta di Castello

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4 spiritual reasons to walk the Way of St Francis: Florence to Assisi

25 Jul 2018 · Giles Story

Ben Cottam and Giles Story walked the 285km section from Florence to Assisi, rather faster than recommended, over nine days in early May this year, armed with Rev Sandy Brown’s Cicerone guide. Here Giles looks at the more spiritual reasons for walking a camino.

The Rota Vicentina: a coastal route in Portugal (photo by What if we walked? / @whatifwewalked)

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Walking a coastal wilderness: solitude on the Rota Vicentina

14 Jul 2018 · Nell Sleet,Luke Smith

The Rota Vicentina, in south west Portugal, is craggy, ever changing and endlessly dramatic, and is right on the edge of mainland Europe. What if we Walked bloggers Luke Smith and Nell Sleet have been exploring 'the last coastal wilderness of Southern Europe’.