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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.

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Ladakh: beyond the Khardung La

16 Dec 2018 · Siân Pritchard-Jones,Bob Gibbons

The long-forbidden lands north of the Khardung La were beyond the wildest dreams of Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons when they first met in 1983 in Leh, Ladakh. Now easily accessible, this area, nestling in the shadow of the Himalaya and the Karakoram, hides many startling secrets and is dotted with magical monasteries that reveal a fascinating culture.

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Crossing Bhutan's Lunana plateau ​on the Snowman Trek

15 Dec 2018 · Heather McNeice

In October 2013, Heather McNeice and her friend Krista set off to trek 240km across the Lunana plateau in Bhutan, following the Snowman Trek route. After a wet and muddy start, they enjoyed sunshine, clear skies and stunning Himalayan views. They were blissfully unaware that Cyclone Phalin was bearing down on the east coast of India, causing havoc with the weather in the eastern Himalayas and...

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Hiking the Tour of Mont Blanc with my dad

28 Nov 2018 · Kat Davis

My dad’s a keen hiker and it has always been a dream of mine for us to hike together somewhere in the world. However, the logistics were always tricky; he lives in Australia and has only recently retired and I live in England. So, when he said yes to hiking the Tour of Mont Blanc together this year, I was over the moon (and nervous)!

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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.

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Exploring Jebel El Kest and the Moroccan Anti-Atlas

24 Nov 2018 · David Wood

The western Anti-Atlas is known to rock climbers and a small group of road-trip travellers. Its principal mountain, Jebel El Kest, was featured in a Cicerone Extra article by Jonathan Williams (managing director of Cicerone Press) in May 2015. David Wood describes the exploration of the region that has taken place in the intervening years leading up to the publication of his forthcoming guidebook...

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.

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Hiking in the cirques, l'île de La Réunion

14 Nov 2018 · Alex Stearn

When Réunion was suggested to Alex and Alice Stearn as a honeymoon destination, it didn’t take all that much googling to see that it was the sort of place the couple would like. The arrival of the maps from Stanfords only confirmed this – they’d never seen so many contours…

Klöster Säben on a hilltop above Klausen

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The Keschtnweg: A chestnut walk in northern Italy

10 Nov 2018

With few English-language guides to the area, and in the spirit of pioneering lesser-known paths, Kevin Thomas describes the Eisacktal chestnut path – Keschtnweg – in South Tyrol to try to get the antennae of other hikers twitching.

The end in sight, Mount Sonder looms in the distance

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Hiking the Larapinta Trail

4 Nov 2018 · Simon Whitmarsh,Andrew Mok

Marsupials and mountains, desert walking, true wilderness and tough hiking. Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok introduce the Larapinta Trail, 234km across the red centre of Australia.

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Walking in Eden: my favourite walks

31 Oct 2018 · Vivienne Crow

Cumbria’s Eden Valley offers walkers a huge variety of experiences: from the hills and limestone pavement of the Yorkshire Dales to the salt marshes of the Solway Firth… and everything in between. Vivienne Crow, author of the Cicerone guidebook to the area, picks five of her favourites.

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Trekking in the Parc Nacional D’Aigüestortes in the Spanish Pyrenees

28 Oct 2018 · Clive Darley

When Clive and Jennifer Darley were invited by their colleagues Kath and Simon to join them for a trek through the Spanish Pyrenees, they accepted with enthusiasm. Simon is a gifted linguist who speaks Spanish, Catalan and French fluently. The quid pro quo was that they have over 50 years’ trekking experience. It seemed an ideal combination.

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Walking among legends in Northern Ireland

27 Oct 2018 · Natalie Simpson

A wise man once said you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story – and who should know better than those master storytellers the Irish. Cicerone’s Natalie Simpson recounts two of her favourite walks in East Ulster, the land of fantasy and myth.

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Hiking the Chariots of Fire trek in the Spanish Pyrenees

20 Oct 2018 · Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook battles against snow and broken boots in a world of twisted water, towering mountains and shattered stone as he takes on a challenging high mountain circular route in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, curiously named the Carros de Foc.

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.

Fields, trees and big sky near Rosières-en-Haye (Lorraine)

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Discover the highlights of Benelux and Lorraine on the GR5 Trail

29 Sep 2018 · Carroll Dorgan

The GR5 is a long trek, running all the way from the Hoek van Holland to Nice in France, crossing the French alps along the way. The northern part of the GR5 trail, through Benelux and Lorraine is quieter and a more gentle start to trekking than the rest of the route. Carroll Dorgan, the author of The GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine, describes some of the highlights of this part of the trail.

Calahorra Castle

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Camino Mozárabe – a time travelling pilgrimage in Iberia

22 Sep 2018 · Bloo Anderson

The Camino Mozárabe is a 1500km pilgrimage route from the Mediterranean port of Almería to the Tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela and onwards to Finisterre on Galicia’s Atlantic coast. Bloo Anderson makes a unique journey through a land charged with daily discoveries and insights into its historic past.

The viewcatcher sculpture on day 3

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Hiking the Great Glen Way: a perfect introduction to long-distance walking in the UK

2 Sep 2018 · Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook hikes his first long-distance National Trail, The Great Glen Way, which runs from coast to coast in the Scottish Highlands. Along the way he samples some of the most spectacular scenery Scotland has to offer, delves into its turbulent past and hopes to catch a glimpse of the famously elusive Loch Ness Monster.

The beautiful Lake Scanno nestled in the Valle del Saggitario

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Exploring the mountains of Abruzzo: finding some peace away from the Alps and the Dolomites

22 Aug 2018 · Sue Cooper

When one thinks of Italian mountains, the Dolomites usually spring to mind. However, there’s a lot more on offer than just the Alps. The central spine of Italy has a spectacular mountain range, known as the Apennines, and is split up further into a number of national parks, all offering an abundance of trekking opportunities. Sue Cooper recounts her first trek of the year in the beautiful...

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Go West Thran Dog: Climbing Slieve Carr, Ireland's most remote mountain

19 Aug 2018 · Peter Walker

Out in the west, deep in the Mayo interior, lies Slieve Carr, a summit defended by its notoriety as Ireland’s most remote mountain. Armed only with their determination and a slight deficiency in the leg department, Peter Walker and his bonkers amputee collie cross Indy set forth to climb it.

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Walking in the Bavarian Alps with a dog: the pros and cons

4 Aug 2018 · Grant Bourne

Grant Bourne, the co-author, along with wife Sabine, of Walking in the Bavarian Alps, gives a brief insight into the advantages and disadvantages of walking with a dog. Apart from learning (indirectly) that Khampa is the real boss of this team, Grant has discovered that Khampa loves beer gardens, is easily provoked by marmots and that rolling on the grass can be unpleasant – for some. He also...