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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.

Leaving The Refugio Josep Maria Blanc Behind On Day Four Banner

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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.

The classic view from the mainland

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Tackling the Sturrall of Donegal: game face required

14 Oct 2018 · Peter Walker

South western Donegal has the most extraordinary coastline in all these islands, and the incredible headland of the Sturrall is probably its most extraordinary feature. Wondering if it might fit the bill as ‘Ireland’s Inaccessible Pinnacle’, Peter Walker paid it a visit.

Finishing the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa

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Ultra Tour Monte Rosa – the hardest race no-one’s heard about

23 Sep 2018 · Joe Williams

Have you run the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB)? Did you find it too easy? Do you wish you could challenge yourself a bit more? Well, legendary runner and five-times UTMB champion Lizzy Hawker has created just the thing for you! With an extra 1500m ascent and terrain that should have no place on a 100-mile trail race, the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa is the hardest race no-one’s heard about. In...

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.

1 Chapelle St Michel Le Puy

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The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes

16 Sep 2018 · Clive Darley

Clive Darley treks the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes in a variety of bad weather, grim weather and horrendous weather. Nevertheless he finds plenty to philosophise about and tries to travel with Stevenson's ethos.

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Walking Egypt’s most popular mountains

8 Sep 2018 · Christine Gordon

One is Egypt's highest mountain, and one is its most popular. But, despite being so close to each other, these two mountains attract very different audiences. Christine Gordon climbed both to find out why.

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.

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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.

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.

Deciduous Oaks Large

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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).