Walking, cycling and outdoor adventures in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland
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.
Scotland expert Ronald Turnbull explores the joys of NOT bagging the Munros in the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe region. He takes us through some of his favourite walks in the area: Ledge Route on Ben Nevis, the panoramic Beinn Lora, the ferry to Kerrera and a multi-day walk from Glen Etive, among others.
Bagging all the Munros can provide the hillwalker in Scotland a lifetime's worth of memories. Author of Cicerone's guidebooks to the Munros, Steve Kew shares some of his most memorable moments.
‘New Mountain Found’ scream the newspaper headlines. But surely all the mountains in this country have been discovered long ago: what's new? John Nuttall explains what the headlines are all about and how some intrepid surveyors beat the Ordnance Survey at their own game.
Celebrating the launch of Andrew McCloy's new Pennine Way book, we bring you an extract that discusses the maintenance the path needs.
Beautiful autumnal photos of the Lake District, including Grasmere, Windemere and Buttermere, among other areas, courtesy of fantastic photographer and friend of Cicerone, Andrew Clayborough.