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H A Fine Road Leads South From The Bonette

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Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

15 Jul 2018 · Lesley Williams

Jonathan and I took on our biggest cycling challenge yet, to ride 650km and climb 15000 metres in 9 days, creating a sort of elegant reversed question mark shape as we tackled the mighty cols of the French Alps. It was the second week in June so there was also a question as to whether we could do it, with a number of key passes still closed as we set off, following the record snowfall of the...

Descent from Bonnette

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E-bikes are just for softies

13 Jul 2018 · Lesley Williams

I’ve never been a strong cyclist, but until recently I’ve always enjoyed cycling. Now I simply love it! This is not just an isolated remark overheard in a pub, it’s a growing phenomenon, and cyclists who scorn e-bike riders should pause to consider the motives behind the choice made by their e-powered friends.

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12 things I learned from my recent trip to the Alps

27 Jun 2018 · Joe Williams

Cicerone’s Joe Williams recently returned from a two-week holiday in the Alps. The original plan had been to do some alpine climbing, but snow and weather caused a change of plans for him and partner Caroline Holmes. Here are 12 things they learned that could help you on your next alpine climbing/mountaineering/trekking/walking/trail running trip.

A rare patch of green on trail back to Kärlinger Haus

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In the Steinernes Meer: A three-day hike through Berchtesgaden National Park in the Bavarian Alps

10 Jun 2018 · Grant Bourne,Sabine Körner-Bourne

While researching the new edition of their guide Walking in the Bavarian Alps, Grant Bourne and his wife and co-author Sabine had the opportunity to revisit this magnificent walk. In the following article they meet a selfie-obsessed Chinese tourist, experience a sweaty climb through the Saugasse and walk through a sea of stone.

Ben Nevis In Winter

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Winter climbing in Scotland - an Easter weekend report

21 Apr 2018 · Joe Williams

Armed with a box of maps and guidebooks, Joe Williams and Caroline Holmes decided to head to the Scottish Highlands for the Easter long weekend. They managed to do the traverse of An Teallach and Waterfall Gully, Ledge Route and Good Friday Climb on Ben Nevis.

11 Glorious Sunset From Pitigliano

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

13 Jan 2018 · Gillian Price

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.

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What Cicerone staff have been doing this year

7 Dec 2017

As usual, we've all been getting out exploring, travelling, climbing mountains and discovering more about the nature around us. Read on the discover what the Cicerone team have been up to this year!

How Do We Make A Guidebook

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How do we make a guidebook?

6 Dec 2017

One of the things we get asked a lot is "How do you make a guidebook" so we made a little video to briefly explain the process. We hope you enjoy it!

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Stories from a Slowcoach Triathlete

18 Oct 2017 · Hannah Stevenson

I usually prefer to be behind the scenes, or in the back of photos, slightly out of focus or obscured by someone else’s arm. I have never felt confident enough to share my blog posts alongside those of Joe (UTMB and Glencoe skyline runner), Natalie (super-fit mountain adventurer) or Siân (outdoor swimming expert). But recently a friend took a photo of me that I am really proud of. And I...

Approaching The Notch On The Infamous Yr Esgair Foel Goch

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Scrambles in Snowdonia – updating a classic guidebook

12 Sep 2017 · Rachel Crolla,Carl McKeating

Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla updated Steve Ashton’s classic guide book Scrambles in Snowdonia. They reflect on the experience and responsibility of handling one of the classic texts in outdoor pursuits.

Walt Unsworth

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Remembering Walt Unsworth

11 Sep 2017

In June 2017, Walt Unsworth, the founder of Cicerone Press and legend of mountain writing, publishing and editing died. Cicerone's current directors and many Cicerone authors share their fond memories of Walt.

All Packed Up And Ready To Go

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Farewell to Police Square: forty years of history

12 Aug 2017 · Lesley Williams

On 27 July Cicerone Press said farewell to 2 Police Square, home for around forty years, and moved to new offices on the outskirts of Kendal. Lesley Williams recalls some standout memories.

The new and improved Alpine Pass Route or Swiss Via Alpina 1

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The new and improved Alpine Pass Route or Swiss Via Alpina 1

3 May 2017 · Lesley Williams

The Alpine Pass Route (APR) – now fully waymarked as Swiss Via Alpina 1 (VA1) – is a hiking trail of over 350km across Switzerland, crossing high mountain passes through the eastern Alps, the Bernese Oberland and the Vaudoise on the northern side of the main Alpine chain to finish at Montreux on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). One of the great Alpine routes, and fully described in Cicerone’s...

Trail And Fell Running In The  Lake  District

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Lake District Fell Running - the lure of the fells

24 Apr 2017 · Kingsley Jones

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...

Cicerone is rebranding - April Fools' Day 2017

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Cicerone is rebranding - April Fools' Day 2017

1 Apr 2017

It's time for a change... Cicerone have been publishing guidebooks for nearly 50 years yet almost nobody can pronounce our name the way we say it. So we thought it's time for a change and when we roll out our new website we will be called "Sisserone". Thank you all for being part of our journey and exploring the world with us.

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Getting into fell walking in the Lake District

5 Dec 2016 · Siân Jenkins

Cumbria is a fantastic part of the country for outdoor adventures, as many of our readers know. But how do you take those first steps and get onto the fells? We asked Sian, our Head of Production, how she got started after moving up from Oxfordshire to start work at Cicerone at the beginning of 2016.

On Top Of The  Tux  Alps

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Trekking from Munich to Venice: Der Traumpfad

7 Nov 2016 · John Hayes

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.

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Updating a Cicerone guidebook - Switzerland's Alpine Pass Route

2 Oct 2016 · Lesley Williams

The Alpine Pass Route (APR) – now fully waymarked as Swiss Via Alpina 1 (VA1) – is a hiking trail of over 350km across Switzerland, crossing high mountain passes through the eastern Alps, the Bernese Oberland and the Vaudoise on the northern side of the main Alpine chain to finish at Montreux on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Jonathan and Lesley from Cicerone took on the groundwork of updating Kev...