Walking, cycling and outdoor adventures in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland
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.
Kingsley Jones lives in Ambleside and is the author of the latest mountain running title from Cicerone Press, ‘Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District’. The project has been a personal journey and has taken years to come to fruition. The choice of route line is so subjective that each runner has a different relationship with the sport. Here he explains why the Lakeland fells have been luring runners for more than 150 years.
The names of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill are famous for a true UK wilderness walking experience, within easy access of the major cities of Sheffield and Manchester. Paul Besley, author of Cicerone's new Dark Peak walking guidebook tells the story of these hills.
The Grey Corries are a range of mountains in the Scottish Highlands to the east of Ben Nevis. To walk the entire ridge, climbing all four Munros makes for a classic British mountain walk. Our expert on the region, Ronald Turnbull, shows us some of the magic that can be found on these peaks and in the valleys.
If you are looking for a chance to escape the office and find real remoteness in the UK, then the Cairngorms are calling! Few other places in Britain bring out that primal feeling of being alone in the wilderness more than these mountains. Alex recounts his experiences in October 2016.
A new guide to the Pilgrims' Way traces the authentic, ancient pilgrimage route from Winchester to Canterbury, with a link of equal historical importance from London. Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales suggests that April is the time to go on pilgrimage to Canterbury, where was maintained the famous shrine to St Thomas Becket. Many started from Winchester, where a shrine contained St Swithun's body.
The Snowdonia Way is a 156km (97 mile) low-level walking route through the mountains of North Wales, right through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Taking 6–8 days, each stage also has alternative ‘mountain’ options.
The 215km John Muir Way invokes the spirit of the young naturalist, whose lifelong mission to protect nature and wild places was founded during his clandestine trips into the Scottish countryside. John Millen from our friends at Sherpa Expeditions tells us about the route.
In 2011, Mountain Leader Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Returning to England in 2013, she now works as a leadership coach. Here she offers her three top tips for keeping motivated on long expeditions.
Cicerone's newest member of the team goes from being a beginner hillwalker with no experience to someone who can tackle a Lake District fell walk solo. Here she explains her journey.