April 14th, 2013 in Book Catalogue by Steph
Our latest addition to the Great Mountain Days series, exploring the Pennines, is aptly timed in more ways than one.
In Route 1 of this guidebook author Terry Marsh takes you to the summit of Thack Moor, a walk along pathways seldom trodden and below massive skies. Thack Moor is especially noteworthy however, as it has recently been announced as Britain’s newest mountain. The discovery was made by skilled amateur surveyors John Barnard, Graham Jackson and Myrddyn Phillips, who collected six hours of summit data over two trips to confirm the height. For a short video of the team shot during their survey, check out outdoor website Grough’s article.
Thack Moor from below Hartside summit – photo by Terry Marsh
Their data has been verified by experts at Ordnance Survey, who have agreed to update the official height to 610 metres – just 2cm above the 2,000 feet that classifies a hill as a mountain.
So, the addition brings the total number of English mountains to 254, and also adds to the Nuttall list – satisfying the criteria of 2,000ft high with a 15m drop. John and Anne Nuttall are also Cicerone authors of the two-volume set The Mountains of England and Wales – indeed, Thack Moor now warrants inclusion as it rises above 2,000ft by just the width of their guidebook!
April 9th, 2013 in Book Catalogue by Steph
The Cape Wrath Trail is widely regarded as Britain’s toughest long distance route, and with good reason; you’ll find no arrows on fence posts to help your navigation along a route that doesn’t trouble itself by following paths. Here’s how Cicerone’s CWT guidebook author Iain Harper puts it…
It’s not really a trail at all, more a jigsaw of routes between Fort William and the most north-westerly point in the UK, to be assembled according to your own preference. Perhaps because of this unique flexibility and lack of formal status, it has become highly regarded by many backpackers. It’s a tough test for anyone and you’ll brave remote country, rugged terrain, rain, wind, midges, bog and tricky river crossings. Most people take between two and three weeks to complete the full journey, and whatever time of year you attempt the trail it will test he limits of your physical and mental endurance. But dark boggy moments are quickly forgotten amid a solitude and beauty rarely found in modern life.
River Dessarry (Stage 3)
This book draws together updates and attempts to improve on a variety of routes that have previously been suggested. It also offers a wide range of variations, recognising that there can be no definitive path suitable for all. Follow as much or as little of the route as you like. Take detours, plan alternatives, make the journey your own. It’s one that will live with you for the rest of your life.
For more of Iain’s insights, why not head on over to his website dedicated to the Cape Wrath Trail.
April 3rd, 2013 in Cicerone Office by Steph
Last week I escaped the office and headed north for a mini tour of Scotland. Luckily while there was plenty of snow on the hills, the roads were nice and clear, so our long drives were no longer than they needed to be.
We started our trip with a night on the banks of Loch Lomond. There was a bitter wind so we decided against a long walk, but a wander along the edge of the loch was good enough for us.
The next day we headed up to Loch Ness, which meant a stunning drive up past Fort William and the Glen Coe area. The weather brightened up and we were treated to some stunning views of the snow-capped mountains.
As well as a spot of Nessie-hunting, we also visited Urquhart Castle on the shores of the Loch, which is also a waypoint on the Great Glen Way. Well, we couldn’t go to Scotland without a castle tour, could we?
Finally, we headed back down through the Cairngorms for a couple of nights near Edinburgh. The roads were well-cleared, but the ski resorts were busy which shows just how much snow there still is in the hills.
All in all, a great tour, and definitely better than being behind a desk!
March 18th, 2013 in Book Catalogue by Steph
This week, 16th – 24th March 2013, is the week of the annual English Tourism Week, organised by Visit England. So, what better time to get out and about exploring your local area, or to discover a new corner of England?
Here at Cicerone we have a wide range of English titles, from broad areas such as Great Mountain Days in the Lake District, to very specific, localised titles like Walking in the New Forest. So if you’re looking for general ideas or routes in a very particular area, we hope we are able to help.
Perhaps you’re somewhat of a peak-bagger, in which case look no further than the Lakeland FELLRANGER series, which divides the Lake District into 8 sections, and provides both new and traditional routes up nearly 230 fells in this beautiful area of the country.
The Ridgeway National Trail
If you haven’t got such a head for heights then don’t worry, there are plenty of low-level walking opportunities on coastal routes such as St Oswald’s Way or the South West Coast Path.
Maybe you’re not a walker at all – in which case check out our range of cycling or scrambling guidebooks.
We hope this post gives you a little inspiration and help in planning your next English getaway, but if you have any questions then please feel free to contact us. Or, for more ideas, why not head on over to the English Tourism Week webpage.