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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.

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Cycling the 170-mile Way of the Roses in a day

14 Apr 2018 · Carl McKeating

Carl McKeating set out to cycle The Way of the Roses, a 170-mile national cycle route most commonly ridden over three days, in a day. He describes the personal challenge, the brilliance of the route and the value of having a good family support team (Cicerone’s Way of the Roses author, Rachel Crolla, and the couple’s two young children).

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Crusader castles and Byzantine churches in Cyprus

31 Mar 2018 · Pamela Harris

Ever since Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, was said to have risen from the waves, Cyprus has been a popular destination for both lovers and sun-worshippers, many of whom get no further than the luxury hotels and the beaches. But Pamela Harris finds there is more to this island, as revealed in the Cicerone guide, Walking in Cyprus.

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Highlights of the Jungfrau Region

25 Mar 2018 · Kev Reynolds

One of the most bizarre mountain experiences you can have in the Alps comes on Day 8 of the Tour of the Jungfrau Region, when you arrive on the summit of the 2970m Schilthorn. One moment you’re scrambling along its narrow west ridge, the next you’re in a revolving restaurant with stairs leading to a small cinema where you can sit and watch scenes from a James Bond movie. Kev Reynolds...

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Ancient mysteries of Northumberland

24 Mar 2018 · Vivienne Crow

There are few places in England where the distant past has such a tangible effect on the landscape as it does in Northumberland. Stepping out into the atmospheric border country inevitably means stepping back in time and brushing shoulders with our ancestors. Vivienne Crow, the author of a new guidebook to the county, looks at some of the historic gems awaiting walkers…

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Trekking in Greece - how things have changed

18 Mar 2018 · Tim Salmon

Tim Salmon recounts his first visit to Greece and how although the world has moved on in the six decades since, the landscape remains as wonderful as ever.

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Snowshoeing in the Engadine

14 Mar 2018 · Clive Darley

For those who wish to enjoy the serenity of winter mountain landscapes away from the bustle of the main downhill skiing centres, the Engadine in south-east Switzerland is nirvana.

Walking Among A Plethora Of Flowers Towards The Summit Of Poios Brancos Serra Da Estrela

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Plant spotting in Portugal

4 Feb 2018 · Andrew Mok,Simon Whitmarsh

Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok were not only astounded by the walking opportunities in Portugal (so much so, they wrote a Cicerone guidebook), but its wild flowers. Here, they describe a journey of plant exploration.

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21 awe-inspiring photographs to make you want to visit the Dolomites

3 Feb 2018 · James Rushforth

James Rushforth, Dolomites expert and author of two Cicerone guidebooks to the area, chooses 21 photos that will make you want to add the Dolomites to your wishlist. The Dolomites are the perfect adventure playground - with walks, treks, climbs and via ferratas for all levels. These pictures may go some way in explaining why Cicerone has six guidebooks just to this area.

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Walking the Aletsch Glacier

21 Jan 2018 · Mike Wells

Mike Wells describes a recent visit to Western Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch. Here, he describes the two day trek along the entire length of the glacier.

Trekking in Svalbard

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Spitsbergen: The end of the world - Trekking in your 70s

14 Jan 2018 · Clive Darley,Jennifer Darley

Clive and Jennifer Darley believe age should be no barrier to having great adventures in the mountains: "Equipped with a cardiac pacemaker and a prosthetic hip and with a combined age of over 140, we set off to prove that venerability, a degree of infirmity and not-unlimited finances need not be a barrier to ambition in seeking out new challenges. The armchair and slippers can wait!"

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Norge På Langs, “Skiing Norway from end to end”

20 Dec 2017 · Tania Noakes

Tania Noakes, writer, adventurer and IFMGA Mountain guide, is about to set off on the journey of a lifetime - something she has dreamed of for years: to ski Norway from end to end. Here, she describes her preparations for the trip. 

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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!

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Three Seasons in Three Days – a trek in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

4 Dec 2017 · Richard Hartley

No matter how many times you climb mountains they can still spring surprises. Is this one of the reasons we keep returning? A simple three-day trek crossing Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains one November turned into one such instance for Cicerone author Richard Hartley and his companions.

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Walking in the Ice Age: October in Jotunheimen

4 Dec 2017 · Alex Kendall

Norway's great Jotenheimen National Park is home to the country's highest peak, Galdhøppigen. Experienced trekker and Cicerone author Alex Kendall decided on a trip in October - did he time it right for the beautiful colours of autumn, or would the snows of winter have already set in?

Errant keepers. Men and wolves in comparison

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Errant keepers. Men and wolves in comparison

11 Nov 2017 · Matteo Luciani

In the rugged mountainous Apennines of central Italy on the border between the regions of Lazio and Abruzzo, wolves are a part of life, as are shepherds and their guard dogs who protect the flocks. Matteo Luciani is a young scholar from Rome who spent the summer over three years with the shepherds there. He describes the experience with beautiful photos and evocative words (in both English and...

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Around Spain, off road, on a mountain bike

6 Nov 2017 · Jonathan Halstead

We all know Spain is a beautiful country, but most of us visit the coasts and the famous cities. Jonathan Halstead, author of Three Wheels on my Bicycle, decided to visit a less well-known Spain, travelling through its remote mountain ranges and visiting small towns and villages in quiet valleys. Below are selected excerpts from his book, describing a 3000km, five month journey involving over...

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Cyprus: From Venetian Bridges to an abandoned village

6 Nov 2017 · Nike Werstroh

Trails criss-cross the hillsides and the tranquil forest hides Venetian bridges, ruins and stories in Cyprus. On the island where every passing century has left its own stamp and where every day hold something new to discover. Nike Werstroh recalls one day from Cyprus when she and Jacint Mig followed the Venetian Bridges trail and then wandered amongst the abandoned houses of Vretsia.

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Encounters of the friendly kind: pathfinding in the Sierras of Extremadura

6 Nov 2017 · Gisela Radant Wood

Extremadura has always been a place where people walked. Gisela Radant Wood, author of Cicerone’s The Sierras of Extremadura, is continuing a long tradition of choosing a path and following it. She has never been absolutely lost but has had the luck always to meet someone who knows the way, as she recounts in some anecdotes from the routes in her guidebook.

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Exploring the Peaks of the Balkans Trail

6 Nov 2017 · Rudolf Abraham

Rudolf Abraham, author of Cicerone’s new guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, describes his experiences while he was researching and walking for the guidebook to this mountainous trek around Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The Wetlands Of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Re-imagining the city: quiet ways along London’s ‘other’ rivers

13 Oct 2017 · Peter Aylmer

Imagine a land of forgotten tributaries, hidden history and resurgent nature, where a fox might be spied far from any hen-coop, or a pair of coots build their nest with cast-offs from the human world. Yes, that’s right: London, which Peter Aylmer has been exploring for his Cicerone guide Walking in London.

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Backpacking the GR131 in Tenerife

13 Oct 2017

Bart Caers takes a solo walk along the beautiful, lonely GR 131 on the Atlantic island of Tenerife, where the route takes in desert, rainforest and volcanic wilderness.