Walking, cycling and other mountain adventures in the mountains and countryside of Europe
Cicerone publisher Jonathan Williams makes an early-season trip to one of France’s great one-week treks, a tour in the Vanoise that has pretty much everything the trekker wants, and almost nothing he or she doesn’t.
Kev Reynolds knows the Alps like no one else. He tells us about a trek in the little-known Silvretta and Rätikon Alps, the mountain regions that straddle the Swiss-Austrian border. Characterful huts, sleepy alpine villages and remote and mysterious peaks and valleys make up this area.
The Vía de la Plata is one of the great Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela. Cicerone author John Hayes set about cycling the route. Here, he describes the history and culture of the region as well as giving some planning and logistics tips.
Alex Kendall, creator of the Snowdonia Way, decided to leave Wales and head to Croatia for his most recent adventure. Here, he tells his story of hiking the 100km Velebit Trail where he found amazing mountains, tough walking and had a friendly uninvited dog as his walking companion for several days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.