International Walks

Walking in destinations around the world, from gentle strolls to tough, all-day hikes


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Encounters of the friendly kind: pathfinding in the Sierras of Extremadura

Extremadura has always been a place where people walked. Gisela Radant Wood, author of Cicerone’s The Sierras of Extremadura, is continuing a long tradition of choosing a path and following it. She has never been absolutely lost but has had the luck to always meet someone who knows the way, as she recounts in some anecdotes from the routes in her guidebook.

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Cyprus: From Venetian Bridges to an abandoned village

Trails criss-cross the hillsides and the tranquil forest hides Venetian bridges, ruins and stories in Cyprus. On the island where every passing century has left its own stamp and where every day hold something new to discover.
Nike Werstroh recalls one day from Cyprus when she and Jacint Mig followed the Venetian Bridges trail and then wandered amongst the abandoned houses of Vretsia.

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Island Hopping on the Falklands Islands

Mike Wells travelled around the Falklands in February, walking and wildlife spotting on this fascinating archipelago in the South Atlantic.

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New walks and mythological encounters on the Amalfi Coast

The Li Galli islands off Italy's Amalfi Coast were the home of the Sirens when the Greek hero Odysseus visited. Cicerone author Gillian Price describes the walks that take you there in her new Amalfi book.

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Walking in the Haute Savoie – in the footsteps of Alfred Wills

Aside from offering top-notch Alpine walking, the Haut Giffre area of the Haute Savoie has some interesting history. Alfred Wills, one of the founders of the Alpine Club and grandfather to Edward Norton (of Everest fame) built a chalet here in the 1860s. Today it stands deserted, but you can stay at the Refuge Alfred Wills, a charming hut named in his honour.

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James goes walking in the Drakensberg

Cicerone's Sales Rep James visits South Africa, decides that Table Mountain would not make for a decent piece of furniture, and discovers the brutality of Bugger Gully.

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Ice in Tuscany

Cicerone author Gillian Price discovers a fascinating history of ice making in Tuscany. She shares some of the wonderful walking in the area and tells us more about the region's ice making traditions.

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Shelter from the Storm - A lucky escape in New Hampshire's winter mountains

So often we can underestimate the difficulty of the walk and the severity of the weather. Here, Eric tells the cautionary tale of a recent winter hiking experience in the mountains of New Hampshire, USA. Akin to Scotland, in winter these mountains pack a punch that belies their modest altitude.

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Exploring Japan's wild places: a north to south tour

From the snow capped peaks of Hokkaido to the deserted white beaches of the Okinawa Prefecture, Jonathan Cook samples a little bit of everything during his tour of Japan.

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Letterbox walking on Ascension Island

Set in the South Atlantic, just a few degrees south of the equator and almost midway between Angola in Africa and Brazil in South America, tiny Ascension Island offers a number of ‘letterbox walks’ which make for an attractive way of seeing the island.