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We Used Poles To Help Us On The Long Climbs

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How to go ultrarunning with your partner – Ben Nevis Ultra Recce

12 Aug 2018 · Joe Williams

Cicerone’s Joe Williams and his partner Caroline Holmes did a long training run on the route of the Ben Nevis Ultra, Skyline Scotland’s new race. In poor weather and with some injury worries, it turns out it’s possible to run an ultra as a couple!

Walking into an Umbrian vista between Citerna and Citta di Castello

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4 spiritual reasons to walk the Way of St Francis: Florence to Assisi

25 Jul 2018 · Giles Story

Ben Cottam and Giles Story walked the 285km section from Florence to Assisi, rather faster than recommended, over nine days in early May this year, armed with Rev Sandy Brown’s Cicerone guide. Here Giles looks at the more spiritual reasons for walking a camino.

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 bike insisted on a selfie with Eric

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Sitting on the dock of the Bay: enjoying the Morecambe Bay Cycleway

8 Jul 2018 · Mark Sutcliffe

Mark Sutcliffe discovers the Bay Cycleway, an epic new cycle route skirting the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay and linking the Furness Peninsulas, undiscovered gems of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the cycling-friendly city of Lancaster.

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.

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A perfect day in a place called Hell

23 May 2018 · Gisela Radant Wood

There is a walkers’ paradise in Extremadura called the Narrow Pass of Hell. On a beautiful last Sunday in February, Gisela Radant Wood found out how it got its name.

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.

Ben Nevis In Winter

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Winter climbing in Scotland - an Easter weekend report

21 Apr 2018 · Joe Williams

Armed with a box of maps and guidebooks, Joe Williams and Caroline Holmes decided to head to the Scottish Highlands for the Easter long weekend. They managed to do the traverse of An Teallach and Waterfall Gully, Ledge Route and Good Friday Climb on Ben Nevis.

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.

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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.

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Does a bear *** in the woods?

25 Feb 2018 · Matt Heason

Matt Heason recounts his family’s trip to Yosemite, with the added bonus of a trip up Half Dome and a memorable encounter with a ‘bear’.

3  From The Col Des Ottans

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The Tour du Ruan - unknown to all but a few

24 Feb 2018 · David Burrows

According to David Burrows, there’s something good about walking in circles rather than in straight lines, and the Tour du Ruan didn’t disappoint.

01 The Aletsch Glacier Runs South From Jungraujoch For 20Km

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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!"