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Getting out in the hills this Easter

Most of our new e-newsletter has a trekking theme, with an article on trekking in the Bernese Alps, and a whole section devoted to hints and tips with a particular emphasis on trekking. But you don’t have to venture overseas to trek, the UK has a wealth of waymarked long-distance footpaths right on your doorstep! There are Cicerone guides to all of Britain’s National Trails, well nearly all, with the exception of the Norfolk Coast Path! There are also some brand new guides coming this spring to some great routes, including The Southern Upland Way, The Great Glen Way, The Cumbria Coastal Way and The Tour of the Lake District. So get your boots out, grab a guidebook and map, and have a great time!

Easter is approaching – and with it the promise of better weather (we hope) for enjoying the hills. You may be planning to spend a few days in the mountains of the Lake District or Snowdonia, but Easter can often be a very busy time, and if you’re wanting your outdoor experience to be away from the crowds, it may be better to pick somewhere less popular at peak holiday times.

One option is to head for areas, such as the far Eastern fells of the Lake District, and outlying areas of Snowdonia. Going to less popular areas may also be a good idea when visiting other key upland walking areas such as the Peak District, Dartmoor, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. But how do you find the quieter parts, and where are the good walks? Because Cicerone guides have so much information in them, they cover not only the popular areas but will also help you to find some excellent walking in quieter parts too.

Another option for a quieter Easter is either to go to a less obvious walking ‘honeypot’ area, maybe Lancashire, Kent or Staffordshire. Our authors often like to explore off the beaten track, and are likely to show you unexpected new walks – even in areas you already know well.

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