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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.

Looking Back At The Spectaular Cape Pillar And Tasman Island

The Three Capes Track in Southern Tasmania

The Three Capes Track in southern Tasmania is a 46km hike that explores the beautiful coastline of the island, with overnights in clean, modern huts. Cicerone author Rob Houghton went to check it out: he discovered its rich history and the comfortable accommodation on the route and found the trail itself to provide smooth, easy-going walking.

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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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The Birth of the Hebridean Way

The Hebridean Way, which was opened by Scottish Natural Heritage at the end of April, is the fifth official long-distance route in Scotland. It stretches 247km (155 miles) along the length of the Outer Hebrides from Vatersay (Bhatarsaigh) in the south to Stornoway (Steornabhagh) in the north.

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GR5 Vosges and Jura – walking the borderlands of France

The Vosges and Jura section of the GR5 winds down through the villages and vineyards of Alsace, crossing the hilltops of the Vosges, before threading along the Doubs gorge and climbing onto the plateau of the Jura. Cicerone guidebook authors Les and Elizabeth Smith tell us more about the area.

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Cycling the Canal du Midi – history, route planning and more

Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's like to cycle, route planning tips and the local culture.

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Cycling in the Pyrenees – Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

Seen the Tour de France? Cycled the Col du Tourmalet? Want to do something else? Why not try these two huge and stunning lesser-known climbs in the heart of the Pyrenees?

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Photogallery – Switzerland's Alpine Pass Route/Via Alpina 1

In the summer of 2016, Robert Loudon and Jean Blackwood trekked across Switzerland on the Alpine Pass Route (also known as Via Alpina 1). Here, Robert shares his fantastic photos of the hike.

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Trekking in Mallorca – GR221 The Drystone Route – Sample route

Paddy Dillon's new edition of the Trekking in Mallorca guidebook is available now. The route description has been fully updated and includes new and improved mapping. Here we give you section from the introduction and a sample stage from the hike to give you an idea of what's inside the new book.

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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.