The best short walks and day walks in the UK
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Have you recently discovered the joys and benefits of walking, and want to explore beyond your own back yard? Or maybe you are a keen and experienced walker looking for new ideas? Whatever your motivation, spending a day in the fresh air and moving through the countryside, or over hills, or following the course of a stream or river can provide a wonderful brief tonic, and improve your fitness and wellbeing.
Feature · 3 Oct 2020
The UK's best wilderness walks
Wilderness walking routes crossing remote and pathless terrain can be an antidote to modern life and keep you safely away from crowded environments. True wilderness (entirely untouched by mankind) is hard to find, however these suggestions provide...
Video · 25 Aug 2019
Discover walking with a Cicerone guidebook
Discover walking with a Cicerone guidebook. Choose a Cicerone guidebook for walking in the UK, Europe and beyond. Our range includes hundreds of guidebooks to walking in places...
Feature · 18 Mar 2020
UK ideas – stay safe, and stay wild
When fear of transmission of disease is all around us, how can we consider taking short breaks and holidays responsibly? The answer is, for the time being, we can't. This article sets out some suggestions for activities that might, in the future, be...
Before you head off into unknown countryside, how are your map reading skills?
Article · 10 Jan 2018
Want More Walks? Navigation in a Digital World
What do you do when you want to find more hiking options than those covered by the guidebook? Mick Borroff explores route planning using GPS tracks and aerial imaging.
Article · 30 Oct 2019
Skills sessions – using a map
In a series of five features, Cicerone author and walking guide Pete Hawkins shares his knowledge and experience on how to successfully and safely navigate at home and abroad. Here, he explains how to use a map.
Article · 20 Nov 2019
Skills sessions – where am I?
In a series of five features, Cicerone author and walking guide Pete Hawkins shares his knowledge and experience on how to successfully and safely navigate at home and abroad. Here, he explains how to work out where you are.
Article · 9 Nov 2019
Skills session - using a compass
In a series of five features, Cicerone author and walking guide Pete Hawkins shares his knowledge and experience on how to successfully and safely navigate at home and abroad. Here, he explains how to use a compass.
Day walks in all parts of the UK
Article · 1 Sep 2019
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,...
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...
Feature · 7 Nov 2020
Great Mountain Days in Northern Scotland
Cicerone’s Business Development Director Joe Williams has recently been exploring the far north-west of Scotland. In this article, he describes some of the classic mountain walking routes in the area, gives a few tips and suggestions, and urges...
North east England
Feature · 5 Sep 2018
Hidden Gem – Teesdale, and the wild open spaces of the northern Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Upper Teesdale lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affectionately known as 'England's Last Wilderness'. If your idea of 'getting away from it all'...
Article · 16 May 2020
County Durham – land of the Prince Bishops
Paddy Dillon explains why he returns to walk in County Durham again and again, and why each time is different.
Article · 31 Jul 2019
Hidden Gem – Nidderdale, a Yorkshire Dale often overlooked
Nidderdale – not necessarily the first name you would think of when visiting the Yorkshire Dales, and yet it is no less worthy than its better-known neighbours of Wharfedale and...
North west England
Article · 25 Nov 2017
An intro to… The Lune Valley and Howgills
Would you like to go walking in the Lune Valley and Howgills? Dennis and Jan Kelsall, authors of the Cicerone guidebook, share the essentials.
Article · 21 Mar 2016
A tour of Frostrow, in the Yorkshire Dales
With fine weather, and a half day to spare, discovering some new paths in Dentdale and the surrounding hills was a great way to spend a sunny morning in the Yorkshire Dales.
Feature · 31 Oct 2018
Walking in Eden: my favourite walks
Cumbria’s Eden Valley offers walkers a huge variety of experiences: from the hills and limestone pavement of the Yorkshire Dales to the salt marshes of the Solway Firth… and everything in between. Vivienne Crow, author of the Cicerone guidebook...
Peak District, midlands and Wales
Video · 24 May 2020
Live video: Paul Besley chats about his new guidebook to walking in the White Peak East.
We were live with Paul Besley talking about his new guidebook to walking in the White Peak East. Learn how to pronounce Eyam, what a well dressing is and why you shouldn't ask...
Article · 5 Aug 2018
Hidden Gem – how to enjoy the best mountain, moorland and coastal walks in south Wales, without the crowds
Sandwiched between its illustrious neighbours of Pembrokeshire and the Gower, Carmarthenshire is often overlooked by visitors and locals alike, and yet beautiful Carmarthenshire...
Article · 7 Apr 2018
Along Cardigan Bay on the Wales Coast Path
The walk down Cardigan Bay requires a steady pace and an inquisitive nature, for there is much to explore and appreciate.
Article · 14 Nov 2013
Looking for fantastic and varied walking? Then check out walking in Essex...
Essex may not be high on many walkers' hit lists. In fact it probably doesn't feature at all. But to overlook this corner of England is to overlook some fantastic and varied...
Feature · 13 Dec 2020
Walking in Kent: no second best
Kev Reynolds was winding up a lecture on trekking in the Himalaya when a member of the audience asked: ‘If you’re so passionate about mountains, why do you live in Kent?’ Here is his response…
Article · 20 Jun 2016
Three reasons to explore the South Downs National Park
The South Downs are England's newest national park and well worth a visit. The iconic landscape between Eastbourne in East Sussex and Winchester in Hampshire is ideal for walking,...
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