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Acclimatisation

Feature · 6 Jul 2019

Running on the roof of the world: The Original Everest Marathon

Running on the roof of the world is never going to give you a marathon personal best, but it will be an incredible, life-changing experience. If you love being in the mountains, want to get a close-up look at Everest, are fascinated by the Sherpa people or just love running, the Original Everest Marathon combines all these elements, and more.

Blooming Heather In Moel Y Ci With The Glyderau Rising In The Distance

Feature · 3 Jul 2019

Walk in the valleys to get to know Snowdonia

Alex Kendall, author of Snowdonia: Low-level and easy walks – North, says to really experience the mountains, forget bagging summits and head to the valleys.

Yaks Line Up Banner

Feature · 30 Jun 2019

Another Afghanistan: Trekking in the Wakhan Corridor

​In the far northeast of Afghanistan lie the mountains of the Wakhan Corridor. This rugged area, tucked between the giants of the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs, has remained untouched by the wars that have battered the country for so many years. Since 2006, the region has been accessible from neighbouring Tajikistan and the most dangerous part of Afghanistan can be avoided. Every year a growing...

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Feature · 16 Jun 2019

Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

Outdoors writer and primary school teacher Rachel Crolla, co-author of a new child-oriented guide to the Lake District, explains why having outdoor adventures with the children is more important than ever.

Loch Enoch seen from Redstone Rig 13

Feature · 15 Jun 2019

Classic Galloway - wild landscapes of granite and peat bog

If you like your wild landscapes really wild, if you like your lakes to have whooper swans in the middle and no ice-cream vans around the edge, if you like to have one foot on bare rock and the other one deep in a peat bog, if you like your granite with goats on, then the Galloway Hills are the place to go, says Ronald Turnbull.

Aberystwyth Promenade

Feature · 8 Jun 2019

5 reasons to choose Wales for your next cycle tour

For many, Wales is close by and easily accessible, particularly by train. So why look further afield for your next cycle touring when you’ve got such wonderful riding country on your doorstep. Richard Barrett sets out five reasons to put Wales high on your to-do list.

Gr Markers

Feature · 1 Jun 2019

Walking 1000 miles across France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago

Anna Blackwell describes spending her summer holiday walking over 1000 miles across France and Spain. Following ancient pilgrimage routes that make up the Camino de Santiago, she spent three months travelling through idyllic countryside, beautiful towns and villages and busy cities.

Pic du Midi d'Ossau over Lac Gentau from Refuge d’Ayous

Feature · 11 May 2019

Seven Shorter Treks in the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees form the border between France and Spain, rising to over 3000m. The varied and spectacular mountain chain, which stretches over 400km from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, offers an incredible variety of walking. Here, Brian Johnson highlights seven shorter treks in the Pyrenees that showcase the variety and beauty of this region.

001 Refuge de Larribet (2072m) in the Central Pyrenees

Feature · 28 Apr 2019

Writing a guidebook in a mountain hut on the Pyrenean Haute Route

I wasn’t even planning to stop at the Larribet mountain hut, but on an early July morning in 2014, mist came in and reduced my view. Eventually, I got into trouble and needed help. This is the story of how I got to know one specific mountain hut and its wardens very well. Until then, I hardly ever stayed at mountain huts and I didn’t realise that the events that unfolded would change my...

Banner Pico De Fogo Volcano On Fogo Island

Feature · 10 Apr 2019

Walking in the Cape Verde islands

Sitting in the Atlantic, 600km from the west African coast, the 10 islands that make up the tiny country of Cape Verde offer an interesting variety of options for walkers. Mike Wells spent two weeks visiting six of these islands, walking up volcanic craters, along dizzying coastal paths, through deep gorges and across sandy deserts.

North Japan Alps

Feature · 7 Apr 2019

Trekking down the spine of the North Japan Alps

Early last summer Tom Fay headed to the Northern Japan Alps to do some final research for the Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji guidebook. This is where the trails took him.

On the sea wall

Feature · 6 Apr 2019

Walking the Essex Way: from Epping to the coast

It’s a land of tranquil river valleys, ancient green lanes, an undiscovered coastline and some of the prettiest villages in the nation. It is, says author Peter Aylmer, Essex.

Mt Ossa's summit plateau

Feature · 17 Mar 2019

Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania

Living in Melbourne has given Rob Houghton ample opportunity to visit his favourite state: Tasmania. At the start of the year he and his wife, Jess, set off on one of the island’s iconic hikes.

009  Part of the Promenthouse Line, also known as the Toblerone Trail

Feature · 10 Mar 2019

War Walks on the Swiss Jura Crest Trail

The Jura Crest Trail is the perfect starting point for exploring Swiss escape routes and World War II historical locations. Ali Rowsell describes some of the highlights.

The Rock of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains of Morocco from Estepona

Feature · 9 Mar 2019

Hiking the GR249: Andalucia's La Gran Senda de Malaga

The Great Malaga Path is a wonderful long-distance hiking route that circumnavigates the province of Malaga in Andalucia and offers the best walking in southern Spain. Whether undertaken as a month-long trek or split into stages, it’s ideal for exploring the riches of an area too often focused on the beach holidays of the Costa.

Limestone Way in Derbyshire

Feature · 23 Feb 2019

Has England's trail system lost its way?

In little more than half a century Britain has developed a remarkable long-distance trail network that now numbers around 1500 paths and ways of all description. Like Scotland's 29 Great Trails, the 15 National Trails in England and Wales are held up as the gold standard, but how did these routes come about, where do they go and what does their future look like? Andrew McCloy recounts the story...

Purple heather moorlands give way to green fields and the coast

Feature · 16 Feb 2019

North York Moors – now available in purple

The North York Moors offer a huge variety of walks and landscapes to explore, most notably its famous purple heather moorland, as Paddy Dillon describes.

Looking past the village of Tejeda from Monte Constantino

Feature · 10 Feb 2019

A winter camino... On Gran Canaria

After finding the summer heat insufferable on his first trip along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Paddy Dillon decided to try a cooler alternative on Gran Canaria.

Pen-y-Ghent from Sulber Nick

Feature · 9 Feb 2019

The way we were: 50 years of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk

It’s a significant 12 months in the world of outdoor activities. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the formal inauguration of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk, while 2019 represents 50 years since the foundation of Cicerone Press. Outdoor enthusiasts should celebrate both as milestones, says Clive Darley.

Cube Stereo Hybrid Pro at a cairn on Cam High Road during our Pennine Bridleway ride.

Feature · 19 Jan 2019

E-bikes: Innovative, fun and controversial

The mountain bike world loves its trends: 29-ers, 650b, 1x transmission and fat-bikes have all stirred the pot in recent years. But Jon Sparks doesn’t think any innovation has stirred up as much talk – and controversy – as e-bikes.