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Snowshoeing in the Swiss Jura: a perfect weekend winter wonderland

29 Dec 2018 · Ali Rowsell

Not far from Geneva, the opportunities for snowshoeing in the Jura mountains of Switzerland are superb. Accessible even for a weekend of winter walking, these mountains can be reached by train via L’Isle, and boast superb views and great food too.

The Uig Hills seen from Ardroil

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Helicopter Rescue in the Hebrides

19 Dec 2018 · Peter Edwards

A routine walk on the Isle of Lewis turned into a terrifying experience for Peter Edwards and some visiting friends when one of them fell 200ft off a cliff. It could have been a fatal accident, but for the commitment and bravery of the emergency services.

Pic7 On Talkin Fell Above Geltsdale

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In the garden of Eden

25 Nov 2018 · Vivienne Crow

In an age when nature is constantly being pushed to the fringes – by housing, farming, infrastructure developments and by our own busy, urban-centric lives – encounters with wildlife are increasingly rare and increasingly precious. Vivienne Crow, author of Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, recalls some special wildlife moments in this quiet corner of northern England.

Exciting bridge across the Gunt River, Bachor

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Trekking in Tajikistan: Frequently asked questions

18 Nov 2018 · Jan Bakker

Jan Bakker, author of the Cicerone guidebook to Trekking in Tajikistan answers some frequently asked questions about travelling to and trekking in this beautiful yet often misunderstood country.

Ben Nevis Summit At Sunrise  Early In The Summer You Might Only Need A Few Hours Of Battery Life For All Night Adventures

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How to choose the right headtorch

24 Oct 2018 · Joe Williams

With the clocks about to change in the UK and autumn settling in, Joe Williams takes a timely look at what makes a good headtorch, whether you’re a walker, trekker, climber or runner.

Descending from the Glyders with Snowdon hiding in the clouds. Fastpacking in Snowdonia.

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The joys of fastpacking

21 Oct 2018 · Lily Dyu

Lily Dyu recounts some of her most memorable adventures (and misadventures) while multi-day running.

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.

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A Spotlight on... the Juniper Trust

8 Aug 2018

The Juniper Trust was founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers, inspired by writer and teacher Angela Locke following her first visit to Nepal. Since those early beginnings, the Juniper Trust has grown and supported many worthwhile projects across the world, but its basic vision remains the same as it was at the start: to work in a low-impact, sustainable way to support the poorest communities,...

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.

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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.