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Pic10 Looking North From The Nuvolone Belvedere

Article · 1 May 2019

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.

001 Refuge de Larribet (2072m) in the Central Pyrenees

Feature · 28 Apr 2019

Writing a guidebook in a mountain hut on the Pyrenean Haute Route

I wasn’t even planning to stop at the Larribet mountain hut, but on an early July morning in 2014, mist came in and reduced my view. Eventually, I got into trouble and needed help. This is the story of how I got to know one specific mountain hut and its wardens very well. Until then, I hardly ever stayed at mountain huts and I didn’t realise that the events that unfolded would change my...

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Video · 27 Apr 2019

Welcome to the Kumano Kodo: a series of UNESCO-listed pilgrimage routes

The Kumano Kodo offers a different view of Japan: far removed from the modern cities, this is a world of forested slopes, hidden valleys, waterfalls, traditional villages, moss-covered stone deities and tranquil oji shrines. There are opportunities to experience hot-spring bathing and to sample local cuisine as you follow in the footsteps of emperors, samurai, priests and ascetics traversing...

Monte Baldo Is A Great Belvedere

Article · 20 Apr 2019

Getting to know Italy's glorious Lake Garda through its history

Although this article is about the delights of the wonderful walking possibilities in the guidebook Walking Lake Garda and Iseo, Cicerone author Gillian Price can be forgiven for bringing in a curious bit of history, especially when it is closely related to Venice, the unique watery city she calls home.

6 Typical suspension bridge found on the trail, this one being close to Kebnekaise.

Article · 14 Apr 2019

An intro to... the Kungsleden

Mike Laing introduces the 460km Kungsleden (or King’s Trail), Sweden’s foremost long-distance trail.

Banner Pico De Fogo Volcano On Fogo Island

Feature · 10 Apr 2019

Walking in the Cape Verde islands

Sitting in the Atlantic, 600km from the west African coast, the 10 islands that make up the tiny country of Cape Verde offer an interesting variety of options for walkers. Mike Wells spent two weeks visiting six of these islands, walking up volcanic craters, along dizzying coastal paths, through deep gorges and across sandy deserts.

On the sea wall

Feature · 6 Apr 2019

Walking the Essex Way: from Epping to the coast

It’s a land of tranquil river valleys, ancient green lanes, an undiscovered coastline and some of the prettiest villages in the nation. It is, says author Peter Aylmer, Essex.

016 Mardi Gras is called Fasnet and it’s a big deal. Foolishness abounds.

Article · 3 Apr 2019

An intro to… the Black Forest in Germany

Kat Morgenstern introduces the Black Forest - a captivating region of Germany: a land of fairy-tale castles, gorges, forests and medieval villages.

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

Article · 30 Mar 2019

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

Article · 27 Mar 2019

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.

Cotswold Way Near Painswick

Article · 24 Mar 2019

Hidden Gem – Towers, barrows and Iron Age hill forts on the Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way is a wonderful national trail, covering 102 glorious miles along the Cotswold escarpment between Chipping Campden and Bath. On the ridge the views are superb and far-reaching, then drop down to find 'chocolate box' villages built of honey-coloured stone. There is more to the Cotswold Way than pretty villages and spectacular views. This has been a region of great significance for...

Mt Ossa's summit plateau

Feature · 17 Mar 2019

Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania

Living in Melbourne has given Rob Houghton ample opportunity to visit his favourite state: Tasmania. At the start of the year he and his wife, Jess, set off on one of the island’s iconic hikes.

J7 Pristine wetlands around Kamikōchi

Article · 13 Mar 2019

An intro to… The Japan Alps

The Japan Alps are a located in the centre of Japan’s main island of Honshu and are home to some of the country’s most famous, highest and rugged peaks. Tom Fay, author of Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji, introduces this wonderful region, which is perfect for walkers and trekkers.

009  Part of the Promenthouse Line, also known as the Toblerone Trail

Feature · 10 Mar 2019

War Walks on the Swiss Jura Crest Trail

The Jura Crest Trail is the perfect starting point for exploring Swiss escape routes and World War II historical locations. Ali Rowsell describes some of the highlights.

The Rock of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains of Morocco from Estepona

Feature · 9 Mar 2019

Hiking the GR249: Andalucia's La Gran Senda de Malaga

The Great Malaga Path is a wonderful long-distance hiking route that circumnavigates the province of Malaga in Andalucia and offers the best walking in southern Spain. Whether undertaken as a month-long trek or split into stages, it’s ideal for exploring the riches of an area too often focused on the beach holidays of the Costa.

Purple heather moorlands give way to green fields and the coast

Feature · 16 Feb 2019

North York Moors – now available in purple

The North York Moors offer a huge variety of walks and landscapes to explore, most notably its famous purple heather moorland, as Paddy Dillon describes.

Looking past the village of Tejeda from Monte Constantino

Feature · 10 Feb 2019

A winter camino... On Gran Canaria

After finding the summer heat insufferable on his first trip along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Paddy Dillon decided to try a cooler alternative on Gran Canaria.

Pen-y-Ghent from Sulber Nick

Feature · 9 Feb 2019

The way we were: 50 years of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk

It’s a significant 12 months in the world of outdoor activities. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the formal inauguration of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk, while 2019 represents 50 years since the foundation of Cicerone Press. Outdoor enthusiasts should celebrate both as milestones, says Clive Darley.

The peak viewed from the East, on Half Dome Trail

Article · 2 Feb 2019

Hiking Yosemite’s Half Dome

​Climbing the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is an intimidating prospect; the easiest route is by way of its notorious cable route. For those who fancy the challenge, Giles Story has produced this need-to-know guide.