With both offering boasting stunning views and an abundance of historical sites, it can be hard to choose between the Central and Coastal Camino. Fortunately, link routes mean you can combine the two, as Kat Davis explains.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s raining. Again. The steady downpour lashing against the windows is enough to put anyone off venturing outside, although the forecast is good for the weekend. Very good, in fact –not that you’d think it from the rain now.
Polar exploration was once reserved for a very few hardy explorers who were not confident of even returning from their trips alive. Shackleton famously advertised for "Men Wanted for hazardous journey" promising "constant danger" but "safe return doubtful". Now that expeditions of all types have somewhat become commodities, Dixie Dansercoer looks at the true requirements for polar exploration.
Walking is just a case of putting one foot in front of the other, as Kev Reynolds says – and mountain trekking is largely a matter of walking. No special skills or equipment are needed, no particular capabilities required: anyone who can walk can trek. On the other hand, Himalayan trekking is not walking in the park on a Sunday afternoon. Radek Kucharski considers the fitness and preparation...
Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's like to cycle, route planning tips and the local culture.
So, you love hillwalking and you’re reasonably fit, but you’re beginning to realise that you actually prefer walking uphill, and that the downhill bits make your knees hurt – sometimes quite a lot! The steeper and longer the downhill, the worse it feels. You find you tense your leg muscles more, which results in muscle pain AND joint pain at the end of the day. If this sounds all too...
Cicerone's Joe Williams reviews the Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody, a jacket that isn't well known to many UK walkers, climbers and runners. The jacket – and its precursor the DriClime Windshirt – is probably the most used, loved, depended on and effective piece of mountain and outdoor clothing he has ever owned. Here he explains why.
What’s the best kind of shoe for fell running, trail running or road running? Can you have one running shoe for all terrains? Joe Williams explains different kinds of running shoes and makes his recommendations.
Rob Houghton takes some time out over the winter to reminisce on his mountain biking research trips to Slovenia. Using his own hard-won experience, he provides some advice for those considering a biking trip to this most beautiful of alpine countries.