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Tenerife Gr 131 30

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Backpacking the GR131 in Tenerife

Bart Caers takes a solo walk along the beautiful, lonely GR 131 on the Atlantic island of Tenerife, where the route takes in desert, rainforest and volcanic wilderness.

A group photo in front of the finished school

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The Cicerone School is finished

Cicerone have been fundraising to rebuild an earthquake-damaged school in a village called Rawa Dolu in Nepal. Hannah visited the school and helped to decorate it and refurnish the classrooms.

The view from one of our lunch spots

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Tales from a first-time trekker: Hannah goes to Nepal

Cicerone have been fundraising to rebuild an earthquake-damaged school in a tiny village called Rawa Dolu in Nepal. Hannah was the lucky winner of a trip to Nepal to visit the school and, with a group of volunteers, paint and decorate it. It was her first time to Nepal and her first time trekking.

Red sand roads

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Running the Freedom Trail in South Africa

The 2400km Freedom Trail in South Africa is not a running trail or even a hiking route, but could it be? Emma Timmis decided to find out. With only her brother on his bike for support, and living on a diet of mostly rice, it was an adventure in an exotic country that they would never forget.

Junction below Foia

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Beyond the rugged coastline of the Algarve

Portugal’s southernmost region, the Algarve, is known for its rugged coast, picturesque beaches and endless hours of sunshine. Beach lovers have been visiting the Algarve since the 60’s but it might not the first destination that comes to mind when planning a walking holiday. Perhaps surprisingly there are many excellent signposted trails to explore on the coast and inland. Nike Werstroh and...

Day 1 01 The Kyle of Sutherland

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Cycling the north coast of Scotland

The North Coast 500™ is a 500-mile lap of Scotland starting and finishing in Inverness, which many people choose to do as a cycle tour. James Cox and his companions looked at this route but decided instead to design their own, cycling 498 miles around the north and west coasts of Scotland, to Cape Wrath and over the Skye bridge.

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The first woman to climb all of Ireland’s mountains

After spending around 20 years climbing all the Munros, Munro tops, Furths, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds and Nuttalls, a moment of ‘what next?’ led Christine Gordon to spend the next 18 months climbing all the plus-2000ft mountains in Ireland. She is the first recorded woman to complete the challenge.

The blue skies and sunshine that accompanied us out of London sadly abandoned us once we reached the Kent Coast. Here, we had a week of paddling into gale force winds and poor visibility.

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Kayaking across the Continent

In April 2018, Anna Blackwell and Kate Culverwell set out to tandem kayak from London to the Black Sea in Romania, a distance of over 4000km through 11 countries and five capital cities across Europe. The expedition, which took five months, saw the two girls overcome storms, illness, broken kit and busy industrial rivers to have the time of their lives.

Tobermory, Mull's main town

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9 reasons why the Isle of Mull is the best place in Scotland for low-level walking

The Isle of Mull is part of the Inner Hebrides, the group of islands that run up the spectacular west coast of Scotland from Arran to Skye. It sits approximately half-way up, wedged into the sea between Morvern and the Argyll coast. Mull lacks the mountaineering spectacle of Skye and the remote romance of the smaller islands, but easily has the best low-level walking in Scotland.

the once forbidden Kingdom of Mustang

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The Kingdom of Mustang in the remote Nepalese Himalaya

Frank Husslage explores the once forbidden Kingdom of Mustang in the remote Nepalese Himalaya. He finds monks, seashells and shamanism and wishes he could better capture on film the vibrancy and beauty of the area.

The author imagines he is in Montana on a training hike along the Bay Area Ridge Trail in California.

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Thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail: Prep and planning

Owen Eigenbrot is preparing to thru-hike from Canada to Mexico across the US on the yet-to-be-finished Continental Divide Trail. Planning for a 3100-mile trek is a daunting task, but experience and a heavy dose of realistic optimism give him the confidence that not having all the answers can be a good thing.

On top o’ the world, on Binnein Mòr (leg 1, Charlie Ramsay Round)

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A day of synchronicity on one of the Big Rounds

David Lintern has written the first guide to Britain's 24-hour mountain challenges. It's a book about people and places and the magic that happens when they meet on equal terms. In this article, he shares one of many ‘happy accidents’ that occurred during the five-year writing process.

An overview of the Vignemale peak, the Ossoue glacier and the three Russell caves in the middle

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Searching for Russell’s caves on the Pyrenean Haute Route

In spring 2018, while doing research for the new guidebook on the Pyrenean Haute Route, Tom Martens discovered that the Vignemale, France’s highest Pyrenean peak at 3298m, held a cave he’d never heard of. He decided to find it.

Heading north from Galloway to Ayrshire

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Scotland south to north: Mull of Galloway Trail

Christine Gordon's latest challenge to walk the length of Scotland began with the Mull of Galloway Trail and the Loch Ryan Coastal Path. Well, actually, it began with tea and cake, like all good walks.

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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...

Ridge near Cat Bells

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A weekend walking in the Lake District

Every year Nike Werstroh and Jacint Mig look forward to the spring and summer months when they can camp and walk in one of their favourite places in England, the Lake District. Armed with Cicerone’s Lake District High Level and Fell Walks guide, they spent a Bank Holiday weekend exploring and trying to dodge the unseasonal weather.