Walking in destinations around the world, from gentle strolls to tough, all-day hikes
Steve Barham has developed a ‘thing’ about exploring islands – particularly those in warmer climes. Living on the seaboard of western Ireland he’s had the privilege of being able to ramble around a good few small and isolated rocky mounds of green that rise above the wild waters of the Atlantic, but when the daylight hours dwindle and rain clouds come scudding in through the cold winter air his thoughts turn southwards, towards blue seas and skies. One such place is Madeira, an island whose fertile volcanic rock shot steeply up into a warm and moist subtropical air stream that remained unvisited in spite of a growing fascination.
Despite over thirty year's worth of exploring the Italian Dolomites, guidebook author Gillian Price is still amazed to discover new valleys and cozy mountain huts. Here she describes her walk on the newly devised 'Anello delle Dolomiti Friulane'.
Regular Cicerone Extra contributor Steve Barham recently explored the famous Caminito del Rey in southern Spain. Now made much safer, it still provides an exhilarating walk above a precipitous gorge, but no longer retains the title of 'most dangerous walk in the world'.
Fancy some winter walking among spectacular Alpine scenery? Then follow Steve Davison as he explores Kandersteg in Switzerland.
Mike Wells escapes the crowds in Africa’s most densely populated country tracking chimpanzees and trekking to the source of the Nile in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park.
Above the holiday towns of Nerja and Vélez-Málaga on the Costa del Sol lies the mountainous new National Park of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. Cicerone's Lesley and Jonathan Williams set out to explore this range as a quick getaway from the UK's rainy weather.
Walking in the mountains of southern Catalunya in Spain. Close to Barcelona, the hiking in this region is through impressive limestone mountains and ridges, often with views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Guy Hunter-Watts, expert of the region, takes us through the incredible coastal walking to be found in Andalucia, the rich and varied land of southern Spain. He describes the wildlife, gentle walks and a tough climb up La Maroma.
Hiking and mountain biking in the stunning Cappadocia area of central Turkey. Cicerone's Sarah discovers rock cut churches, underground cities, pigeon houses and ‘fairy chimneys’.
Mike Hawtree tells us about some of the hikes in the Valais area of southern Switzerland.