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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.

Walk 1 06 The Giants' Causeway with tourists

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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...

Southern Upland Way new bit: down the northeast ridge of Croft Head

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Turning the Southern Upland Way into the Southern UPland Way

29 Jul 2018 · Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull takes a new look at Scotland's toughest waymarked trail, the Southern Upland Way. It's now more upland than ever before with a new high level route through the Ettrick Hills and Ronald has been updating the guidebook to include these exciting changes.

Christian charity on the way to Orio

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A tale of two caminos, unemployment, dodgy knees and a sweaty middle-aged woman called Kate

22 Jul 2018 · Kate Williams

The Camino del Norte runs from Biarritz and along the Spanish coast through the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias before heading inland to Santiago de Compostela. Despite its challenges, the route is becoming a popular alternative to the Camino Francés. Kate Williams sets out to find out why, and in search of solitude and a personal challenge.

H A Fine Road Leads South From The Bonette

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Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

15 Jul 2018 · Lesley Williams

Jonathan and I took on our biggest cycling challenge yet, to ride 650km and climb 15000 metres in 9 days, creating a sort of elegant reversed question mark shape as we tackled the mighty cols of the French Alps. It was the second week in June so there was also a question as to whether we could do it, with a number of key passes still closed as we set off, following the record snowfall of the...

The Rota Vicentina: a coastal route in Portugal (photo by What if we walked? / @whatifwewalked)

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Walking a coastal wilderness: solitude on the Rota Vicentina

14 Jul 2018 · Nell Sleet,Luke Smith

The Rota Vicentina, in south west Portugal, is craggy, ever changing and endlessly dramatic, and is right on the edge of mainland Europe. What if we Walked bloggers Luke Smith and Nell Sleet have been exploring 'the last coastal wilderness of Southern Europe’.

Bare granite ridge en route to Pedrada

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Off the beaten track - hiking in northern Portugal

17 Jun 2018 · Mick Borroff

Mick Borroff explains why he loves walking in northern Portugal and does a good job of making it sound like a truly wonderful place to explore. Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok, authors of the Cicerone guide to Walking in Portugal, certainly agree.

Europe's highest military cemetery at Hochgränton Pass

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The Karnischer Höhenweg – a walk through history

16 Jun 2018 · John Hayes

John Hayes heard about the Karnischer Höhenweg by chance when sitting out a storm in an Austrian Alpine hut with four young men from Vienna. He took their advice to trek the route and loved it so much he wrote a book about it.

A rare patch of green on trail back to Kärlinger Haus

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In the Steinernes Meer: A three-day hike through Berchtesgaden National Park in the Bavarian Alps

10 Jun 2018 · Grant Bourne,Sabine Körner-Bourne

While researching the new edition of their guide Walking in the Bavarian Alps, Grant Bourne and his wife and co-author Sabine had the opportunity to revisit this magnificent walk. In the following article they meet a selfie-obsessed Chinese tourist, experience a sweaty climb through the Saugasse and walk through a sea of stone.

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The Iveragh Spine Route or the Paddy Dillon Challenge

3 Jun 2018 · Peter Walker

The fashion for challenge walks has most definitely reached Ireland, and the search for ever-more-lengthy upland routes is inspiring many. Down in the south-west multiple mountainous peninsulas poke into the Atlantic, and a vintage guidebook points towards a mammoth itinerary along the backbone of one of them. Peter Walkers asks "Are there any walkers and runners ready for what could be...