Stuart wrote the only English language guidebook to walking in the region. ‘Walking in Abruzzo’ was published by Cicerone Press in July 2011. A reprint of the book, containing route updates, was made available in January 2014.
Stuart has now written the second edition of the guidebook – bigger, updated, better – which was published on 15th January 2019.
The walks are for people who want to experience the beauties, and perhaps challenges, of a quiet and remote part of the European upland.
You can read a summary of the 2nd edition and order it on the Cicerone website. Click here to see it.
The routes vary from gentle strolls to serious expeditions in the mountains. Most start and finish in a village with a bar and shop.
About a third are easy going – a half day generally suitable for young and old alike. Around six or seven kilometres in length with modest amounts of up and down, they visit woods, gorges, lakes, hill tops and old villages.
Most though are long walks and mountain treks for those who enjoy a full day out. Around fifteen kilometres in length they involve a good climb (sometimes big), often on open mountainside and along ridges. Ten of the region’s sixteen highest summits are visited. A few have one or two moves of easy scrambling and a distinct alpine feel. Others stay lower, crossing plains and passing through woods and villages. Several can be shortened as time, energy, weather and preferences might suggest.
The guidebook is available from Stanfords and Waterstones and other good bookshops as well as online from Amazon and Cicerone. It is also available in ebook format for iPad from the Cicerone website.