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Looking for an inspiring walk or challenging trek - check out our range of walking guides that cover both UK and overseas destinations
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Bhutan - A Trekkers Guide http://

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Walking in Mallorca http://

This Cicerone guide features the Classic Mountain Walks in Mallorca. It provides a selection of walks of all degrees of difficulty, and should enable even those limited to a short holiday to make the best use of their time. 

Walking in the Bavarian Alps http://

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Lake District: Mountain Landscape - Alastair Lee http://

Alastair Lee is a world renowned climbing and mountain photographer. With his collection of lakeland images, he presents some of the most atmospheric, inspirational and moving shots of this unique landscape

Trekking In The Stubai Alps http://

A great guidebook for anyone planning a trekking holiday in Austria's stunning Stubai Alps. It features the Stubai Rucksack Route and the more challenging Stubai Glacier route.

Walking in the Valais http://

A comprehensive guide to walking in the Valais region of Switzerland from guidebook guru's Cicerone.

Trekking in Austrias Hohe Tauern http://

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Trekking in the Zillertal Alps http://

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The Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coastal Path http://

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The Mountains of Montenegro http://

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Walking in Croatia http://

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Walking in Slovenia: The Karavanke http://

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Walking in the Auvergne http://

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The Way of St James - France http://

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Walking in Menorca http://

This guidebook explores Menorca through 16 mostly inland one-day walks plus a 4-day coast to coast and the 10-day GR223 trek of 185km round the whole coastline.

Not The West Highland Way http://

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Walking Highland Perthshire http://

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Walking in the Angus Glens http://

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Walks and Treks in the Maritime Alps http://

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The End to End Trail http://

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Trekking in the Himalaya http://

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The West Highland Way http:// No Description Available
Short Walks in Lake District http://

This inexpensive little guidebook is perfect for getting out and about in the Lake District. It features a selection of short (and some a little longer) walks both at low and high level, all with stunning views and beautiful scenery. 

The John Muir Trail http://

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is one of the world’s most spectacular treks and is North America’s best known mid-distance walking trail. 

Across the Eastern Alps: E5 - A Walkers Guide http://

The E5 Long Distance Trail travels between Lake Constance, Germany to Verona, Italy, and runs for 600km through a remarkable kaleidoscope of landscapes and culture in Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

Scotland End to End http://

A guide to Scotlands National Walking Trail from Kirk Yetholm in the south right up to the wild beauty of Cape Wrath in the very north west.

Everest - A Trekkers Guide http://

A Cicerone guidebook to treks in the Everest and Khumbu region of the Himalayas in Nepal

Walking the Corbetts Vol 1 South http://

Walking the Corbetts describes routes up all 112 Scottish Corbetts (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains) south of the Great Glen. Part of a 2-volume set.

Short Walks in Lakeland North http://

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Scrambles in the Dark Peak http://

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Kilimanjaro: A Complete Trekkers Guide http://

Kilimanjaro: the snow-capped dormant volcano that towers almost 5km above Tanzania’s savannah yet it is possible to reach the 5895m summit without any technical climbing ability. 

Tour of the Matterhorn http://

A walking guide to the 145km Tour of the Matterhorn, described anti-clockwise from Zermatt and offering stunning alpine views of 25 peaks of over 4000m.

The Adlerweg http://

Comprehensive guidebook to walking the Adlerweg, or Eagle's Way across the Austrian Tyrol following established mountain and valley tracks. 

Tour of the Jungfrau http://

A guidebook to the Tour of the Jungfrau Region, a 111km trek from Schynige Platte to Wilderswil in 9-12 days through the Bernese Oberland.

Trailblazer Guide - The Walkers Haute Route http://

Possibly the best way of enjoying the full majesty of the Alps without the need for mountaineering skills. The Walkers Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt traverses some of the most spectacular scenery in the French and Swiss Alps.

The Top 500 Summits: A Lifetime of Hillwalking - Brian K Smith http://

This reference work lists the top 500 highest summits in the British Isles, with a 500ft height drop on all sides. Author, Brian K Smith, has spent a lifetime climbing these peaks and this book is also a personal journey

National 3 Peaks Walks - Brian Smailes http://

The challenge to walk the 3 highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales is one of the ultimate goals of many people. Breathtaking scenery, fresh clean air and a sense of freedom are what you get when you reach the summit.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk - Brian Smailes http://

This Classic challenge walk is a 25 miles circular starting in Horton in Ribblesdale and tackles the Yorkshire 3 Peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, surrounded by some of the best scenery of the Yorkshire Dales NP.

John OGroats to Lands End: A Walkers Guide - Brian Smailes http://

This handy pocket sized guide gives you all you need to know to tackle the epic 900 mile route from  John O'Groats, in Scottland, to Lands End, in Cornwall, on foot. 

Walking the Coast to Coast Walk: St.Bees to Robin Hoods Bay http://

This is the new edition of Cicerones popular Coast to Coast Walk Guide. This long distance walking route from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire is 190 miles and the most popular long-distance route in the UK

Walking and Trekking in Iceland http://

The Cicerone Guide to Walking and Trekking in Iceland offers 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks including the classic Laugavegur Trail. A great guide to the 'Land of Fire and Ice'.

Trekking in the Dolomites - Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 Treks http://

Northern Italy's famous Alta Via long-distance walking routes run through the Dolomite Mountain Range. This guidebook from Gilian Price covers, in detail,  the Alta Via 1 and 2. 

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