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Superb views from the Hohturli Pass. The Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland. Photo by Chris Councell.

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What is fastpacking?

17 Oct 2018 · Lily Dyu

Lily Dyu explains the concept of fastpacking: a fast-growing niche in the world of trail running.

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.

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.

High above Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, another intermediate bikepacking route

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What is bikepacking?

26 Aug 2018 · Jim Sutherland

Jim Sutherland explains what bikepacking is: the combination of lightweight backpacking with mountain biking, or touring on a mixture of roads, gravel tracks, single track and sometimes walking paths for multiple days with an overnight stop.

Descending the Col de l'Izoard

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Top tips for cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes

11 Aug 2018 · Jonathan Williams

Jonathan cycled the Route des Grandes Alpes to celebrate his birthday and learned vital lessons along the way. He now has an abundance of advice to share with others on how to make the most of the great French cycle route.

Sensory Swing

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A Spotlight on... the Bendrigg Trust

8 Aug 2018

Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre, specialising in delivering high-quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. It aims to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.

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.

Matterhorn Banner

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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.

Top Ten Best Bits of Cycling the Way of the Roses

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Top Ten Best Bits of Cycling the Way of the Roses

26 May 2018 · Rachel Crolla

After cycling the Way of the Roses several times while writing her recent guidebook to the route, Rachel Crolla picks out some of her personal highlights along the 170-mile coast-to-coast ride. The Way of the Roses can stake a claim to being one of the best long-distance routes in the UK – here are 10 reasons why.

049 Sign Board At Uhuru Peak On The Roof Of Africa The Goal Of Many

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Choosing a route to climb Kilimanjaro

16 May 2018 · Alex Stewart

There are six ways of getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro, but which of the routes up the mountain is best for you? Alex Stewart gives an overview of the options.

Banner Tmb Classic Lac Blanc View

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Valley deep, mountain high: A journey towards the International Mountain Leader Award

13 May 2018 · Andy Hodges

For those wishing to trek the world's mountains, the highest standard of leadership is the International Mountain Leader Award, which a number of Cicerone writers hold. Andy Hodges, author of Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne, has been working towards it since 2011, and in March 2018 it was time for his final summer assessment. For those wishing to travel independently, Cicerone guidebooks...

Arriving On Massenella's Summit Plateau

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Top tips from Mallorca, the GR221 and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains

5 May 2018 · Jonathan Williams

Jonathan and Lesley Williams spent a week trekking through the Serra de Tramuntana on Mallorca’s GR221, with Paddy Dillon’s Trekking in Mallorca and Mountain Walking in Mallorca guidebooks. Here, Jonathan shares some of his impressions of the Drystone Route, as well as some tips picked up along the way.

Chamanna Coaz at the head of Val Roseg in the Bernina Alps

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Practicalities of staying in a mountain hut

8 Apr 2018 · Kev Reynolds

It is important, when planning a mountain trip – especially out of season – to do your homework first. Will the huts be open and manned? Will there be room? What facilities can be expected? Are meals provided? Here, Kev Reynolds, explains some of the main practicalities of staying in a mountain hut.

Alpine Snowbell

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Hidden Gem – Alpine Flowers

4 Apr 2018

A mini guide to help you recognise 230 alpine flowers. In just 144 pages this lovely little book will give both pleasure and knowledge.

Running To The Refuge De Loriaz

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Winter trail running adventures

30 Mar 2018 · Kingsley Jones

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to hang up your trail shoes in exchange for skis.​Trail runner Kingsley Jones trains year-round, and if you know what you’re doing the snowy Alps provide a perfect setting for a safe and enjoyable adventure. Just don’t tell everyone.

Copy Of John In Wild

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How to eat well in the wild

10 Mar 2018 · ​John Fisher

For a long time, the options for hiking food have been limited to a range of mediocre freeze-dried meals packed with taste enhancers and artificial preservatives. John Fisher, founder of Outdoorfood, is paving a new way for wild eating with his range of healthy, nutritious Firepot meals.

Sierra De La Nieves The Summit Of La Torrecilla

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The myriad landscapes to walk in Andalucía

11 Feb 2018 · Guy Hunter-Watts

Guy Hunter-Watts fell in love with this region of southern Spain on his first visit. Here, he describes its diversity and history, which make exploring on foot all the more alluring.

The Lawley Shropshire

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Top Ten Short Breaks in the UK

10 Feb 2018

Are you planning a short break for the half-term holidays? Or maybe you want to sneak away somewhere romantic for Valentines' Day? Here are our top ten short breaks in the UK.