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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...

On top o’ the world, on Binnein Mòr (leg 1, Charlie Ramsay Round)

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A day of synchronicity on one of the Big Rounds

David Lintern has written the first guide to Britain's 24-hour mountain challenges. It's a book about people and places and the magic that happens when they meet on equal terms. In this article, he shares one of many ‘happy accidents’ that occurred during the five-year writing process.

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.

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.

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Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

Outdoors writer and primary school teacher Rachel Crolla, co-author of a new child-oriented guide to the Lake District, explains why having outdoor adventures with the children is more important than ever.

Loch Enoch seen from Redstone Rig 13

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Classic Galloway - wild landscapes of granite and peat bog

If you like your wild landscapes really wild, if you like your lakes to have whooper swans in the middle and no ice-cream vans around the edge, if you like to have one foot on bare rock and the other one deep in a peat bog, if you like your granite with goats on, then the Galloway Hills are the place to go, says Ronald Turnbull.

Teixido

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Ruta do Mar: linking the Camino del Norte and Camino Inglés

Dave Whitson describes a newly recovered pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain that offers a stunning coastal connection between the Camino del Norte and the Camino Inglés. Featuring soft, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, expansive solitude, traditional fishing villages and sacred shrines, this is a variant that leads through some of Galicia’s most memorable landscapes.

Pic10 Looking North From The Nuvolone Belvedere

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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

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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...

Banner Pico De Fogo Volcano On Fogo Island

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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.

North Japan Alps

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Trekking down the spine of the North Japan Alps

Early last summer Tom Fay headed to the Northern Japan Alps to do some final research for the Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji guidebook. This is where the trails took him.

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

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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

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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.

Traversing

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Above the waves: via ferrata in Catalunya

Following a via ferrata (iron path) is a popular activity in some mountain regions, and Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig tried two in Catalunya during their walking holiday. Although equipped with all the necessary safety equipment, nothing could prepare them for the danger of an angry seagull.

Mt Ossa's summit plateau

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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.

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

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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.