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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...

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.

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Valley deep, mountain high: A journey towards the International Mountain Leader Award

13 May 2018

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...

Banner The Khziv River Is Crossed By Stepping Stones

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The Yam el Yam trail – walking from sea to sea across Israel

12 May 2018 · Mike Wells

Stretching for 79km across northern Israel, the Yam el Yam trail joins the Mediterranean coast with the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret in Hebrew). For many young Israelis, walking the trail is a rite of passage, often followed while in the scouts or the army cadets.

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.

Banner An Awesome Feeling Of Space Beginning The Fast Descent To Airton

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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).

5  Mosque At The Start Of The Walk To Sinas

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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.