The Mountains of Andorra: Walks, scrambles, via ferratas and treks. By Alf Robertson and Jane MEadowcroft. Cicerone Press, UK. The most comprehensive guide to the region, supported by a strong marketing campaign in the outdoor media. Rapidly developing summer tourist destination. To be published alongside Cicerone's guide to the adjacent Cathar region.
This is the first complete English-language guide to exploring the mountains of the accessible but mysterious country of Andorra. It is written by an experienced guiding and writing team, and details 60 routes throughout the country. The routes include numerous routes with scrambles and straightforward peaks, plus some via ferratas and the week-long Andorra Circuit trek. Andorra is a rapidly developing walking and summer destination, easily accessible from the UK.
Andorra, a tiny nation tucked away between France and Spain, is the country of the Pyrenees. With 80 mountain lakes and a host of elegant peaks the principality offers a breathtaking range of walks in a compact area. With inexpensive accommodation, an excellent bus service, adequate maps and cheap food, it is an inviting destination.
Walking in the Canaries Volume 1: El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife, El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife. By Harry Dowdell. Cicerone, UK. The seven volcanic Canary Islands lie just over 100 miles off the coast of Africa and have a sunny, hot climate with little rainfall and snow only on the highest peaks, a crowned by El Teide, Spain's highest mountain at an impressive 3718 metres. Although the islands are often very rough and rocky, with high and often inaccessible cliffs, they are also criss-crossed with tracks and paths that offer many interesting walking routes. Much of the landscape is astoundingly beautiful and it is easy to escape the busy holiday resorts. There are mountain ridges and peaks to climb; deep and rocky barrancos to explore; extensive forests of pine and ancient ìlaurisilvaî woodlands; flowery hillsides, rugged cliff coastlines, and cultivated terraces bearing all manner of fruit and vegetables.
This guidebook includes a rich and varied selection of 50 walks on the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. A companion volume includes 50 more walks on the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
Vol. 1: El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife, El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife.
Vol. 2: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
Mountain Walks on the Costa Blanca - 2 volumes. By Bob Stansfield. Cicerone Press. The rugged mountains of the Costa Blanca offer wonderful walking in a landscape of pinnacled ridges, enormous crags, and shady pines. Orange and almond groves enhance the valleys, whilst attractive mountain villages provide hospitality, offering a taste of the real Spain, far removed in character from the developed coastal strip.
Volume 1 covers the area north and west of Benidorm and includes walks in: Sierra Aitana, Monte Ponoch, Puig Campana, The Val de Arc, Benidorm Area, Sierra Helada, Sierra Cortina, Sierra Serrella/Aixorta, Val de Algar, Val de Galinera/Forada, North-west Sierras, and outlying areas. Two multi-day walks are included: Gallinera Way and Costa Blanca Mountain Way.
Volume 2 covers the area to the north of Calpe and includes walks in: Sierra Bernia/Ferrer, Sierra Olta/Toix, Val de Jalon, Val de Laguart, Val de Llosa, Montgo, and outlying walks.
Cycle Touring in Spain. By Harry Dowdell. Cicerone, UK. With an agreeable climate, Western Europe's greatest wilderness areas, unmatched flora and fauna, a history stretching back beyond civilisation, Spain, with its friendly people and readily available accommodation makes an outstanding destination for the cycle tourist. This guide contains the hard won practical information needed by cyclists who wish to independently tour Spain, including when and where to go, how to get there, how to get around, accommodation, passports, visas and insurance, money and banks, bicycle considerations, living on the road, points of arrival.
In addition to the practical information eight routes are described in detail along with maps, profiles and accommodation lists. The routes vary in challenge with suitability for novice through to keen cyclists and are described in five to twelve daily stages with options to shorten, extend or go off road as the cyclist wishes.
Walking in Mallorca. This very popular book takes account of the rapidly changing conditions in the island. Some walks are dropped due to access problems or less interest, with new walks added. More than twenty new walks are included in this 3rd edition, long regarded as the definitive guide to the islands routes. These include easy and beautiful coastal walks on the Arts headland and several tough new mountain routes which offer a challenge to the more experienced walker, such as the little known Es Puntals between Esporles and Banyalbufar. One new excursion in the north is a fascinating circular route into the area south of Tomir, past the old house of Ses Figueroles and returning by a newly restored footpath from Lluc to Caimari. Three different walks to the Penyals d'Honor are described, on the wooded plateau belonging to the Community of Bunyola, which can be reached by the mountain railway between Palma and Soller.
One of the great classic walking guides.
the Pyrenees Mountain Guide. Cicerone Press.
The guide contains:
Valley-by-valley descriptions of range, its facilities and infrastructure
Information on the best mountaineering, walking and climbing opportunities in the area
Summaries of long-distance through-routes and treks
Accommodation, camping, refuges and travel details
Extensive introductory materials on the region, climate, geology, structure, towns, villages, access, best regions.
History and background of the great explorations, with profiles of the pioneers and personalities of each range.
A full listing of all the Pyrenean 3000m summits and their location.
In full colour, with detailed sketch maps and excellent photography.
Trekking the GR1: Spain's Sendero Historico Guide. Cierone Press, 2015.
Guidebook to the 1250km of Spain's Sendero Historico (GR1), traversing northern Spain from Puerto de Tarna in the province of Leon in the west to the Mediterranean near L'Escala in Catalonia, through fascinating, varied landscapes and the foothills of the Pyrenees. Described in 53 stages, about 25km each in length, with detailed mapping.
Sketch map showing area covered
The GR10 Trail: Through the French Pyrenees. Cicerone Press.
This classic long distance walk across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean takes a lower route than the more arduous Pyrenean High Route. Nevertheless it passes through striking mountain country and gorge scenery. The easy ascent of the Pic du Midi d'Ossau is described as an excursion. The route takes about 50 days to complete but the author divides it into sections conveniently tackled in a fortnight's holiday, with details of accommodation and transport.
There is invaluable practical information for walkers visiting France for the first time. The GR10 is one of a number of official long distance paths (Grandes Randonnées) in France. The GR system is very extensive and some 25,000+ miles (40,250+km) of footpath have been designated and waymarked. Each GR route has been allocated a number. The GR 10 runs from Hendaye on the west coast through the mountains of the Pays Basque, Béarn and Hautes Pyrénées to Luchon. From here it continues generally in an easterly direction to pass the sparsely populated Ariège, then across the Pyrénées Orientales to end on the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls- sur- Mer. The total distance is some 538 miles (866km).
The author recommends ten of the Randonees Pyrenees maps to accompany this guide; these are listed below.
Recommended 1:50,000 Hiking Maps:
Sheet 1 - Pays Basque Ouest. Labourd.
Sheet 2. Pays Basque Est. Baretous Soule-basse Navarre.
Sheet 3. Bearn. Parc National des Pyrenees.
Sheet 4. Bigorre. Parc Cantional des Pyrenees.
Sheet 5. Luchon. Aure - Louron Sud Comminges.
Sheet 6. Couserans - Cap d'Aran. Pallars - Parque Nacional d'Aigues Tortes.
Sheet 7. Haute-Ariege, Andorra.
Sheet 8. Cerdagne - Capcir. Haute-Ariege.
Sheet 10. Canigou. Vallespir-Fenouilledes.
Sheet 11. Roussillon. Massif des Alberes, Cotes Vermeille.
Pyrenean Haute Route: Hendaye-Plage to Banyuls-sur-Mer. By Ton Joosten. The Pyrenean High Level Route takes the highest possible route through the centre of the Pyrenees, crossing the French/Spanish border many times. It is probably the most beautiful, spectacular and challenging walk in the Pyrenees, and this new guide from Ton Joosten breaks the unwaymarked 800km route into 42 stages in five groups.
Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees. Cicerone Press.
Nin full colour, with redrawn map and new photos. Includes three new districts - Lac d'Oô and the Circque d'Espingo; Vallées de la Pique and du Lis; and Haute Vallée du Garbet - and several new routes.
The guide is an introduction to one of Europe's finest mountain ranges. It offers suggestions for 170 walks, multi day tours and moderate ascents of some of the principal summits of the Central or High Pyrenees.
The active walker, trekker and climber is spoilt for choice, for there is enough scope in the Pyrenees to fill a lifetime of holidays with a host of experiences no matter what your degree of commitment. There are exquisite valleys and passes to wander day after day, and summits of 3000 metres and more within the reach of most hill walkers. The landscape is full of diversity and contrast, with Alpine style peaks, small glaciers, deep gorges and more that a thousand mountain lakes. The range is also know as the 'flower garden of Europe', and the wildlife includes carious species rarely seen elsewhere on the continent.
Map showing area covered by the guide. Example of one of the trip maps from the guide.
Through the Spanish Pyrenees: GR11. By Paul Lucia. The Spanish Pyrenees present a wonderland to the holidaymaker, whether backpacker, botanist, canoeist, cyclist, entomologist, ornithologist, mountain biker, skier, walker or simply anyone with a love of mountain scenery. In recent years the mountain organisations and authorities in the administrative districts of Guipuzxoa, Navarra, Aragón, Andorra and Cataluña have got together with local villagers to arrange the waymarking of a coast to coast (Atlantic to Mediterranean) long-distance footpath through the Pyrenees on the Spanish side. Designated the Gran Recorrido 11, GR11 for short, it mirrors the French counterpart, the GR10. This has opened up miles of waymarked footpaths and tracks in an ever-changing environment, often in remote and high area, to numerous enthusiastic walkers of many nationalities, though the vastness swallows them up so that those seeking solitude will also not be disappointed.
The GR11 is now a truly high quality, high-level mountain trail, affectionately known as 'La Senda' (The Track). A combination of spectacular high peaks, glistening tarns, deep green valleys and expanses of wild beauty as yet unseen by many visitors make the range an excellent choice for the adventurous walker - in addition to a moderate climate and easy access.
Index showing the route covered. Sample of a daily hiking map in the guide.
Walking in the Sierra Nevada. By Andy Walmsley. Spain's highest mountain range is a wonderland for the traveller and wilderness backpacker alike. Mountain bike routes are also indicated. 'The Sierra Nevada, situated in the sunny climes of Andalucia and only 40 km from the Costa del Sol, is Iberia's highest mountain range. Its highest peak, Mulhacen, rises to 3482 meters, towering over thenorthern corral (corrie) with a North Face of over 3000m, offering almost unlimited potential for challenging walks to the adventurous walker/mountaineer.' (From the cover). 160 pages. 1-85284-194-X. We recommend the Sierra Nevada topographic map.
The author recommends eight particular maps to cover the walks in this guide.
Walks & Climbs in the Picos de Europa. Cicerone Press.
The guidebook has walks and climbs in the Picos de Europa, a limestone range to the north of the central section of the Cordillera Cantabrica, on the northern Atlantic shore of Spain, Europe. Routes divided into two main groups: valley-based and mountain, of all grades. With background information such as geology, flora, fauna and history.
The Way of St. James: Le Puy to the Pyrenees (France part). By Alison Raju. Cicerone Press. Covers the French part of the Trail from Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrenees. As well as giving directions for walking the route the book also provides information on places to visit along the way, the history of the pilgrimage and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation. This guide contains an outline of the route along the Cèlè valley (53km) as one appendix and, unlike existing guides (in any language), a comprehensive listing of St. James and other pilgrim references along the way as another. There is a list of suggestions for further reading and a glossary of geographical and other useful terms. It also contains a series of sketch maps covering the entire route, to aid the user in planning his or her journey.
The author recommends five 1:100,000 France IGN maps for this part of the Camino. They are listed below.
Sheet 50. St-Etiènne, Le Puy.
Sheet 57. Cahors, Montauban.
Sheet 58. Rodez, Mende.
Sheet 63. Tarbes, Auch.
Sheet 69. Pau, Bayonne.
The Way of St. James - Pyrenees to Finesterre (Spain part). By Alison Raju. Cicerone Press, 2003. This guide is the only English-language guide for the popular Pilgrim Road from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela. A walker's guide to the 778km Pilgrim Road from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees on the French side to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain and finally to the "end of the earth" in Finisterre on the Galician coast. It is the first original guide to the route in English, replacing the second part of the single volume previously published by Cicerone Press. As well as giving directions for walking the route, the book also provides information on places to visit along the way, the history of the pilgrimage and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation.
Unlike existing guides (in any language) this one contains two features not included in any others: details of the walker's continuation from Santiago to Finisterre (75km) and a comprehensive listing of St. James and other pilgrim references along the way (as an Appendix). It also contains a list of suggestions for further reading, a glossary of geographical and other useful terms and a series of sketch maps covering the entire route, to aid the user in planning his or her journey.
Recently Michelin re-formatted and re-numbered their Spain maps; after the publication of this guidebook. The two maps recommended in the book, Michelin 471 and 472 have been replaced. The maps needed to cover the path are #571, covering the western end of the path; #575 which covers the central (and largest) portion of the path; and #573 which covers the eastern end of the path.
Although they are not up to the quality of the British OS mapsFrench IGN maps, we also recommend the Spanish 1:50,000 topos for the Spanish portion of the trail. These maps are useful for side trips off the trail and for detail not shown on the Michelin below.
Northwest Spain - Galicia map. Michelin #571. 1:400,000. Western end of path.
Northwest (north-central) Spain - Castilla y Leon map. Michelin #575. 1:400,000. Central part of the path.
Northcentral coast of Spain - Pais/Vasco/ Navarra/La Rioja map. Michelin #573. 1:250,000. Eastern end of the path.
The Way of St. James: Le Puy to Santiago - A Cyclist's Guide. By John Higginson. Cicerone Press. The new edition of the Way of Saint James Cyclist's Guide (researched and written during the Holy Year of 2004) provides an up-to-date description of this ever-popular 1570km cycle route from Le Puy in France to Santaigo de Compostela in Spain.
By using roads with a good surface for touring cyclists, this guide attempts to follow the original pilgrimage route as closely as possible and offers the opportunity to visit every major church and shrine along the way with a few detours to outlying monasteries for good measure. The average distance on most days is only 50km, easily within the compass of the moderately fit.
The guide includes routes from Santiago to Finisterre and Padron for those cyclists who want that little extra, while several variants are mentioned to cater for the fit and not-so-fit pilgrim.
There is a comprehensive kit list and an English-French-Spanish list of essential words for the journey, as well as details of accommodation in gites d'ètape, chambres d'hote, hotels, refugios and hostals.
Via de la Plata (Southern Way of St. James route). By Alison Raju. Cicerone Press, UK. A walker's guide to the southern pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Nearly 1000 km long, the Camino mozarabe, or Via de la Plata as it is also known, starts in Seville and leads north and then north-west along paths and old tracks through the historic towns and varied scenery of Extremadura, Castille and Galicia. Most of it is also suitable for mountain (but not touring) bikes. This is the only guide to the route in English.
As well as giving directions for walking the route (with notes for cyclists in sections where riding it is impracticable) the book provides information on the history of the pilgrimage, places of interest along the way and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation. One appendix provides walking instructions for the continuation from Santiago to Finisterre (75km) whilst another contains a summary of Santiago and other pilgrim references along the way, a list of suggestions for further reading and a glossary of geographical and other useful items.