Trail magazine - December 2017 issue

On sale 2nd to 29th November

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On Foot in the Lake District

Where has the year gone? It's flying by! But despite the month written on the front of the latest issue of Trail, we've actually got a bit of 2017 left.

So, in the December issue you'll find Trail eeking the last drops of Autumn out of the year by dossing down in an iconic Lake District hostel in a wild valley, applying mindfulness to a day on the hills, breakfasting on a pointy Welsh peak and, umm, sleeping under a rock.

Plus there's a 24 page autumnal gear guide, the usual news, reviews and know-how, and 12 routes to walk this month. All of this and more can be found in the new December issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 2nd November.


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Location³

Walls and a roof. That's all a building is. But where Black Sail hut's walls and roof reside make this particular building so much more. COme sit by the fire and find out why...

This is a landmark fell for most. For Black Sail, it’s just a neighbour.

Castles in the sky

Invisible on the map, unexpected on the ground - and the perfect foil for a dodgy weather day in the Peak District.

Atmospheric, scrambly, crumbly, intrepid - Alport Castles offers the hillwalker a little slice of the big country...
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From under a rock

With tents offering reliable wilderness accommodation, why would anyone sleep under a rock? Maybe, just maybe, it's the morning that makes the night worthwhile...

Aching bones and sore muscles have been replenished by something far greater than sleep. The mountains are calling.

The Power of Nature

Could mindfulness really be the key to happiness and saving the planet? Trail investigates.

Our innate bond with nature is being forgotten and we are losing our ability to experience life with our senses rather than our minds.
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Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes

All this and more in the December issue of Trail magazine
on sale 02.11.17

Trail magazine - November 2017 issue

On sale 7th September to 4th October

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Awesome Autumn

Autumn is here. The days are getting shorter, the hours of darkness more numerous. It's probably time we started slowing down and spending more time indoors...

No chance.

In the November issue you'll find Trail taking Himalayan mountaineer Alan Hinkes on his first ever trip up Suilven, exploring the secret life of a Lakeland Cave, rediscovering Wales' forgotten mountain and pointing beginner bothyers in the right direction. Plus there's ice climbing, navigation of Special Forces standard, scrambling grades explained, waterproof jackets reviewed and no fewer than 13 walks to do this month in the form of our detailed route guides. And breathe...

All of this and more can be found in the new November issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 5th October.


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Legend of the north

Suilven is a magnetic mountain, drawing attention and devotion from all mountaineers. But one had yet to fall under its influence. Trail took him north to discover the attraction...

Clouds billowed up from its belly and poured over the rock, cascading earthward before catching the breeze and spiralling skywards once more.

Beyond the boundaries

Wales is covered with wild land, but not all of it is protected by National Parks. What does that mean for these hills? We went to one of the highest to find out...

This entire mountain range isn’t corralled by a national park. If it were, it would surely receive far more love than it currently does.
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Langstrath cave

High in the Lakeland fells, hidden far from the eyes of mere Wainwright baggers, is a 'secret' cave. So secret I've known about it for at least 15 years. So secret most people with a few years' hillwalking experience know about it. So secret it has a visitors' book, a stove, and a legendary hidden door. For this is no secret. This is the Langstrath cave.

The steel door was rumoured to have been faced with rock.

Ice cool skills

Escaping a wet weather day on the West Highland Way. Honing skills for coming winter. Ticking off an ambition. Just three reasons to give ice climbing a go...

Some 500 tonnes of frozen water coats the walls reaching 12 metres.
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Special Forces Navigation

Discover how you can use techniques used by Special Forces to enhance your safety on the hill and be aware of sensory experiences you might have otherwise missed.

I’m weaving about the patrol taking photos when the navigator drops to the floor - shot and killed.

Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes

All this and more in the October issue of Trail magazine
on sale 05.10.17

Trail magazine - October 2017 issue

On sale 7th September to 4th October

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Snowdonia's Ultimate Route

Tryfan, Bristly Ridge and The Glyders

North Wales is stuffed full of incredible routes taking in magnificent mountains, so trying to establish which is the best is no mean feat. But we think we've done it, and we're pretty sure you'll approve. Plus, we've got wicked wild camping amongst Skye's Quiraing, a love letter to the Arrochar Alps, a crash course in navigation in the Lake District, plus an in-depth look at the rights and wrongs of wild camping including the legalities and loopholes. And of course there's the usual hefty dose of skills and tips, gear reviews and epic routes.

All of this and more can be found in the new October issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 7th September.


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Chain of Gold

Routes whose every detail seems sculpted specifically for the adventurous mountain walker don't come along all that often. But when they do, they come in threes...

“The rock of Bristly Ridge is frilled like some mythological horse's mane - horned, twisted and curly - the sort of strange, physics-defying form that looks like it might blow given a stiff breeze.”

Accessible Alps

Right by Loch Lomond and moments from the road stand a cluster of knobbly peaks. You could spend several days and nights lost here. Or you could walk the best in one epic trip...

“Topping out means threading the infamous needle - too vertigo-inducing for my liking.”
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The night between

Some places are known as 'thin'. Not quite of this world, not quite of the next. What's it like to sleep there? In the Quiraing, we found out...

“A gentle ruffle across the loch, a pale kind of darkness, and vibrant silence.”

Foundations of Navigation

A good grasp of route-finding fundamentals is the basis for confidence in the hills. We head out with an expert to brush up on these vital skills...

“You don't know what you don't know, right? And when it comes to navigation we're talking potential catastrophe avoiding skills.”
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Wild camping is a pleasure for many. But should it be a guilty pleasure? What exactly does the law say about where and when you can pitch your tent? And is it time those regulations were changed? With input from those who set the rules and those who would challenge them, Trail examines the rights and wrongs of...

Loitering within tent

“Sadly for those who would us the privilege responsibly, the behaviour of a minority of disrespectful campers led to an unfortunate outcome.”

Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes

All this and more in the October issue of Trail magazine
on sale 07.09.17

Trail magazine - September 2017 issue

On sale 10th August to 6th September

16 Instant Escapes

Mountain adventures ready-made for right now... just add YOU!

  • A great ridge, amazing view... and solitude guranteed on Lakeland's lost Pike
  • A night on Snowdon's wild side
  • Snowpatch hunting in the Highlands
  • Mountain photo tips to shoot like a pro
  • Rucksacks and soft shells reviewed
  • Hill-prep your mobile
  • Yor bivvying kit-list

All of this and more can be found in the new September issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 10th August.


Better together

Take a wander around the head of Buttermere to discover two fells that, while splendid in their own right, are scintillating as a pair.

The one-storey hut is nearly invisible from above, blending seamlessly into the crags and spoil around it.

16 Instant adventures

September is the golden month. There are 30 days of this brilliance, so make them count! Need inspiration? Here's 8 pages packed with ideas...

With the sun lower in the sky, the light has a kind of clarity, depth and warmth - like a filter has been laid over the landscape.

An unexpected find

A substandard campsite beneath a lowly hill? In Snowdonia, this sublime wild camp equalled more than the sum of its parts.

Two summer-fat ponies ambled to the shore, nibbling at the grass.

Life at boot level

Montane flora is the galaxy of life that changes with every metre of height - and appreciating it can bring rich rewards to a day on the hill.

With mountain plants it’s about their tenacity... their enduring of the elements.

The last of the summer snow

You'll find them in unusual places, hidden away and hard to reach. Getting there has a satisfaction matched only by the wonder of what you'll find - a small patch of winter in the height of summer.

The particular drift that forms in Garbh Choire Mor has been known about for centuries and holds the title for Scotland’s Longest Lasting Snow.

Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes


All this and more in the September issue of Trail magazine
on sale 10.08.17

Trail magazine - August 2017 issue

On sale 13th July to 9th August

Scotland's Secret Highs.

There's a mountain goldmine that even regular visitors north of the border may not be aware of - and it's a stunner. In the new issue of Trail magazine, we give it some of the attention it deserves, but come away deciding it requires much more. Plus, there's a quiet summit in Lakeland that's just big enough to sleep on (making it a great place to do so) and a scramble that provides valuable life lessons to both young and old. Our new columnists Mary-Ann Ochota and Alastair Humphreys are settling in well, TV adventurer Steve Backshall continues to give us the benefit of his experience when it comes to kit, and the Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year 2017 competition is launched! All of this and more can be found in the new August issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 13th July.


Inside this issue...

Scotland's Sanctuary

A remote peninsula with an island feel and thrilling hills, along with the oldest rock and ancient woodland. Trust us, Applecross demands considerable time to appreciate it...

It’s rivers are fringed with native woodland, its highest points drop away in dark terraced cliffs.

Hidden Jewel of the Brecon Beacons

Nestled in the corner of Wale's most remote corner, Trail discovers the Brecon Beacons' very best view.

The Beacons Way takes in the seven-mile ridgeline that rewards you with a high-level linear escapade along the edge.

Sleeping at the sharp end

On top of a silent, shapely outlier of Helvellyn, there lies the perfect Lakeland wild camp. Don't believe us? Read on

It’s a pity this not-so-little fell isn’t more famous in its own right.

School of rock

Limits explored, expectations challenged and bonds strengthened - there's more to be learned on this ascent of Jack's Rake than simply a new way up a mountain.

The earth around it cracked and crumbled as the stone moved from side to side.

Mountain Photo of the Year 2017

Whether it's a quick snap on your phone or a carefully composed shot on your DSLR, if your photo captures the magic of hillwalking in the UK it could win Trail's 2017 Mountain Photo of the Year competition - and Fujifilm prizes worth over £3,000.

Bigger, better and more prizes than ever.

Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes


All this and more in the August issue of Trail magazine
on sale 13.07.17

Trail magazine - July 2017 issue

On sale 15th June to 12th July

Routes you don't know. Secrets you've missed.

Imagine you've been extolling the virtues of Snowdon for years, then somebody told you you may well have been missing the best bits. Like, half of Crib Goch, for instance. And a summit that's almost as high as the one everyone visits but minus the station, café, and 7,000 people. You'll find your eyes opened by the new issue, along with musings from our brand new columnists Mary-Ann Ochota and Alastair Humphreys, plus gear reviews from TV's Steve Backshall. All of these insights and intrigue can be found in the new (and visually refreshed) July issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 15th June.


Inside this issue...

Secret Slopes of Snowdon

Mysterious paths and shunned summits: did you know such things existed at all anymore? Let alone on one of the busiest mountains in the world? Well, they do...

It’s often a shock when you realise how little you actually know about the slopes and mountains you love.

Genuine Giant

It may lack knife-edge excitement, but Skiddaw is a good, honest, hillwalker's fell with height, views, and one or two surprises up its big green sleeves.

It’s green and rounded, lacking the rock and ridge of its neighbour Blencathra. But is writing Skiddaw off as a bland alternative to Lakeland’s more charasmatic fells an error of judgement?

Camasunary Bothy

We spend the night at this legendary outpost at the feet of the Cuillin Ridge. No fireplace, no phone signal, no worries.

There is acres of space, no nooks and crannies for mice and monsters to hide.

The Rock Beneath your feet

The secrets of 450 million years of our planet's astonishing history are best revealed in the mountains, and it's right there for you to see, with a bit of insider knowledge where - and how - to look that is...

Mountains are often associated with stability, but actually they represent constant change.

No other option

Two broken legs, a storm, no food and no way off the mountain but to crawl. So began mountaineering's most gruelling survival story. 40 years on, Doug Scott and Chris Bonnington remember the Ogre.

Looking down, I remember thinking ‘This is going to be interesting, getting down from here...’

Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes


All this and more in the July issue of Trail magazine
on sale 15.06.17

Trail magazine - June 2017 issue

On sale 18th May to 14th June

Big days out

"Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo" (finger's crossed) and we're getting geared up for summer! Inside the June issue you'll find 22 perfect one-day walks for the sunshine season, 2 novices on Ben Nevis, 3 days (and 50km) across the lakes, 7 pages of dedicated dog walking, and more wild-night-out kit that you can count on a calculator. We can't guarantee the sun, but we can promise that you'll find all the inspiration you need for when it shines inside the new June issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 18th May.


Inside this issue...

Ben Novice

Take two mountain newbies, Britain's highest peak and its most thrilling walkers' route. Add a dollop of preparation, a dash of caution and season with just a pinch of luck and you have the ingredients for an inspiring introduction.

They’d been told they could stop for a breather whenever they wanted, but pride can sometimes get in the way of asking.

10 great horseshoe walks

There is a particular elegance in being able to climb a succession of peaks and taking advantage of high-level links to do it efficiently. This is the base theory behind most of Britain's horseshoe trails and applying it has generated a huge number of superb walks.

Like most long walks this one will force you to fully immerse yourself in the undertaking - and this is what makes it such a classic.

The start of something big

'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.' So the saying goes. When it comes to Alan Hinkes' record-breaking career in high-altitude mountaineering, Roseberry Topping is the acorn that started it all.

Over the past 100 years the resulting crag-edged scoop from the hill has led to many - perhaps overly favourable - comparisons with the Matterhorn.

The Scafell Sky Show

Harter Fell might have the best views in the Lake District and, if so, they deserve to be seen at the most spectacular time of day. For that you'll need your sleeping bag...

This done, bellies full and thirst quenched, you can now settle down to watch the ‘Scafell Sky Show’: a slow-moving drama, but beautifully shot and utterly unpredictable.

One man and his dog

Unfailingly trusting, Olive is one enthusiastic canine that beats all other hillwalking companions, and makes the mountains just that bit more special.

As we sat looking out over Ranoch moor, I liked to think she was soaking it all in. In truth she was probabl;y wondering where her next snack was coming from.

Plus...

Gear, skills and routes


All this and more in the June issue of Trail magazine
on sale 18.05.17

Trail magazine - May 2017 issue PLUS 2017 Gear Guide

On sale 20th April March to 17th May

Perfect Places

With spring now in full flight, we look for the best places in which to enjoy the lengthening days of 2017. This detective work uncovers some of the best 1km grid-squares across the whole of the UK, the best hill walk of the Roman empire (the British bit of it, at least), plus waterfalls, forests and cliffs on the "greatest Snowdonian peak you've never set foot on."

And if that wasn't enough, the May 2017 issue of Trail comes wrapped up with our 2017 Gear Guide featuring 100 pages of the coolest outdoor kit of the year.

You'll find all these adventures, gear and more inside the new May issue of Trail magazine - on sale 20.04.17!


Inside this issue...

GO Northumberland - DO walk through history

GO Northumberland - DO walk through history

To the ends of an empire

It wasn't meant as a route. But after a day trekking the best of Hadrian's Wall, it's hard not to believe that the Romans who built it were hillwalkers at heart.

...this linear landscape is exposed on all sides and shelter is sparse.
— Ben Weeks

Bones, bandits and a country-long view

How an idle trip up a little Welsh hill became one surprising day.

The contrast is distinct, highlighting the angular lines of this hill, its shadow marked in light ice on the ground.
— Sarah Ryan
GO southern Snowdoniat - DO see the country

GO southern Snowdoniat - DO see the country


GO wild camping - DO take your child

GO wild camping - DO take your child

The First Pitch

How getting their first wildcamp right can set your kids - and you - up for a lifetime of outdoor memories.

Ned is toughened; he’s been living in the mountains for 24 hours now. We arrive back at the car and a different world, as if out of battle. It takes us a while to readjust to the rhythms of 21st centrury life.
— Tom Bailey

Happiness: squared

Which of Britain's amazing spaces packs the most adventure, scenery and atmosphere into one small but exceptional grid square? This is where you find out...

...the very best grid squares are those little chunks of outdoor heaven, perfectly contained in a little blue box.
GO all Ordnance Survey - DO one great grid square

GO all Ordnance Survey - DO one great grid square


Plus...

Gear, skills and routes


All this and more in the May issue of Trail magazine
on sale 20.04.17

Trail magazine - Spring 2017 issue

On sale 23rd March to 19th April

Spring loaded

Longer days are here... and the mountains are calling! Spring brings with it extra precious hours of daylight, and all of a sudden options are everywhere. Fancy tackling Striding Edge at dawn? How about hunting out wilderness in Wales? Finding the quiet, unspoiled summits of the Cairngorms? Or discovering a whole new world in Spain for less than the cost of a tank of diesel? Relax - Trail has got it covered.

You'll find all these adventures and more inside the new Spring issue of Trail magazine - on sale 23.03.17!


Inside this issue...


GO to the Lake District - DO set the alarm

GO to the Lake District - DO set the alarm

Dawn Patrol

As the clock jumps forward this month, here's a scenic mountaintop adventure to celebrate the spring in style.

If we were going to get up that mind-bogglingly early, we wanted the walk to be worth it.
— Hannah James

Tales of the unexplored

Making new tracks in old territory can yield some of the most exciting adventures. Trail takes the road less travelled in the Cairngorms.

A crevasse-like feature stopped us in our tracks, its shadowed depths the pale blue of glacier ice.
— Dan Bailey
GO The Cairngorms - DO skip the headliners

GO The Cairngorms - DO skip the headliners


GO Cambrian Mountains - DO find remote territory

GO Cambrian Mountains - DO find remote territory

A desert in Wales?

It may not be sandy, or dry, but this remote Welsh place is so named for a reason...

...the grass burnt copper by the rising sun. There is only endless moorland and open blue sky. It’s glorious.
— Sarah Ryan

Total Immersion

When the weather closes in, Trail finds a perfect adventure to indulge your mountain obsession.

We stood like wet washing in the wind, pegged to the spot by the sudden view of wonderful Ennerdale.
— Jenna Maryniak
GO Lake District - DO mountain passes

GO Lake District - DO mountain passes


GO northern Spain - DO the Peaks of Europe

GO northern Spain - DO the Peaks of Europe

Spanish Gold

The Picos de Europa are probably the best mountains you've never heard of. Until now. You owe it to yourself to remember the name...

It’s like the Yorkshire Dales and the Dolomites had a love child and raised it on a diet of spinach and steroids.
— Ben Weeks

Plus...

Gear, skills and routes


All this and more in the Spring issue of Trail magazine
on sale 23.03.17

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Trail magazine - April 2017 issue

On sale 23rd February to 22nd March

Mountains of a lifetime

Britain's most inspiring adventurers* on the peaks that changed their lives. Plus, Crinkle Crags in winter, the South West Coast Path in a day, a quiet but dramatic horseshoe in the Lakes, a disaster in the making, a mountain in miniature, and much, much more.

All in the new April issue of Trail magazine - on sale 23.02.17!

*that includes you lot!


Inside this issue...

GO to the mountains - DO expect nothing to be the same!

GO to the mountains - DO expect nothing to be the same!

Life-changing mountains

Curing depression, creating obsession and changing careers, this hill list comes with a warnng: life may not be the same after walking them...

I’ll never forget the anticipation, the joy of the climb - even though my muscles were burning. The feeling of freedom was like nothing I’d experienced before.
— Sarah Ryan

"Introducing Lakeland's best ridge-mile"

The Lake District is full of gems, but could this crinkly wonderland be the perfect introduction to winter walking?

We breathed it all in - the views, the sky, the warmth of the sun - for one last time before dropping down into the late afternoon shadows.
— Jenna Maryniak
GO the Lake District - DO Crinkle Crags

GO the Lake District - DO Crinkle Crags


GO to the seaside - DO 1244m of ascent

GO to the seaside - DO 1244m of ascent

In search of sunnier climbs

When the weather keeps you out of the mountains a coast path could keep your hill habit ticking over. But how does it measure up to the real thing?

Between the two largest falls a figure sits reading; their peacefulness juxtaposed by the violence of the falls.
— Ben Weeks

Magic Mirror

Backstage of the Coledale Round lies a quieter, less flashy Lakeland horseshoe. But with giant crags and impressive architecture, there's plenty of drama to be found...

Depth was already starting to assert itself in the valley beneath us - for the western Lakes, this felt Scottish-sized.
— Simon Ingram
GO the Lake District - DO a not-so-famous flipside

GO the Lake District - DO a not-so-famous flipside


GO Stob Binnein - DO make the right call

GO Stob Binnein - DO make the right call

One decision from disaster

There are three types of decision: good calls, bad call you get away with, and bad calls you don't. Which will you make?

A 60mph whiteout. With ice-coated, cornice-obscured drops on either side. All for the sake of 20 metres. Perhaps we should have turned back...
— Ben Weeks

Mighty little mountain

Surrounded by sea and found in the most unexpected of places, Holyhead Mountain calls into question, what is a mountain?

...it’s tiny - but it’s also bursting with personality, rich in history and rife with wildlife.
— Hannah James
GO the Isle of Anglesey - DO a mini Ayers Rock

GO the Isle of Anglesey - DO a mini Ayers Rock


Plus...

Gear, skills and routes


All this and more in the April issue of Trail magazine
on sale 23.02.17

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Trail magazine - March 2017 issue

Winter in the Lake District

Explore the Gables, Coniston's Ridges, Sharp Edge in snow, and solitude on Helvellyn with 25 pages of roaring fires, cosy inns and the perfect winter week. Plus, discover Snowdon's hidden ridge, the secrets of snow, and take part in our brand new challenge for 2017: Everest Anywhere

All in the new March issue of Trail magazine - on sale 26.01.17


Inside this issue...

GO The Lake District - DO Winter

GO The Lake District - DO Winter

Winter in the lakes

The Lakes is quiet in winter - yet this time of year showcases its mountains at their very best. This month's trail features a wealth of delights to be discovered. Enjoy... then start planning that trip!


Into a cold embrace

Don't let winter lock you out of the mountains. But remember - they can bite.

GO The Lakes in Winter - DO The Coniston Fells

GO The Lakes in Winter - DO The Coniston Fells


GO The Lake District - DO Great & Green Gables

GO The Lake District - DO Great & Green Gables

Becasue it's there

When a mountain is as great as Gable, what more of an excuse do you need to climb it? Oh, yes: winter.


Why Winter rocks in the Lake District

A bit of cold weather need not stop play - so here Trail imagines a hillwalker's perfect off-peak week in the Lake District...

GO The Lake District off-peak - DO Winter exploration

GO The Lake District off-peak - DO Winter exploration


GO The Lakes in Winter - DO Sharp Edge

GO The Lakes in Winter - DO Sharp Edge

A matter of attitude

The Lakes can't match the Alps for sheer scale, but occasionally our comparatively diminutive fells serve up an offering with more than a hint of Alpine about it...


Winter on the black ridge

To Snowdonia, where Trail discovers that a silent valley, raking ridgeline, classic scramble and fresh dump of snow make for a truly magical route.

GO north Wales - DO a snowy scramble

GO north Wales - DO a snowy scramble


GO The UK in winter - DO learn more about snow

GO The UK in winter - DO learn more about snow

Secrets of snow

Many of us love hillwalking in winter, but how much do you actually know about the white stuff? Trail asked an expert to reveal some amazing facts about snow...


PLUS...

Gear, skills and routes


All this and more in the March issue of Trail magazine
on sale 26.01.17

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Trail magazine - January 2017 issue

Discover a new place - make this weekend your next adventure!

The best camping spot in Britain, a new national park with a newly promoted mountain, hidey-hole-hunting in the Highlands, and the whys and wherefores of walking with company.

All in the new January issue of Trail - 
on sale 1st December 2016.


Inside this issue...

Island Peak

Scottish islands and peaks go together like kilts and tartan. Eigg is no exception... and while it may lack quantity, there's no shortage of quality in its one spectacular summit.

GO the island of Eigg - DO a hulking wee hill.

GO the island of Eigg - DO a hulking wee hill.


New Horizons

With two of the UK's most popular National Parks expanding their borders, Trail takes a walk into newly charted territory - and considers why National Parks are so important, and where might be next...

GO Yorkshire Dales - DO cover new ground.

GO Yorkshire Dales - DO cover new ground.


Highland Hideouts

The Scottish mountains are crawling with natural shelters and boltholes. But while some once hid fugitives, today the thrill of the hunt is in the caves themselves...

GO deepest Scotland - DO find sanctuary.

GO deepest Scotland - DO find sanctuary.


Why we walk together

The story of one group's decade of adventure - and the mountains their memories are made of.

GO get some friends - DO a load of hills.

GO get some friends - DO a load of hills.


PLUS...

Gear, skills and routes


All this and more in the January issue of Trail magazine
on sale 01.12.16

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Trail magazine - December 2016 issue

View the mountains in a different light - by exploring them in the dark!

The joys of night walking, an exciting ridge in Snowdonia's quiet east, the best way up Blencathra and a special guide to boots can all be found inside in the new December issue of Trail...

Inside this issue...

GO Snowdonia - DO a new approach.

GO Snowdonia - DO a new approach.

The Wicked Ridge of the East

Find solitude, scrambles and a slippery witch, on a horseshoe walk that forgoes the ordinary.


GO Lake District - DO Hall's Fell Ridge

GO Lake District - DO Hall's Fell Ridge

Straight to the top

Like the sound of a beguilling scramble that ends right on the summit of one of Lakeland's best-loved peaks? Hall's Fell may just be as good as it ges.


GO the far north- DO dark walking

GO the far north- DO dark walking

Only by the night

As the clocks go back and the world gets darker, don't hang up your boots and mourn the end of long days. Celebrate the beginning of long nights...


GO Sweden - DO wilderness walking.

GO Sweden - DO wilderness walking.

Europe's last great wilderness

Want to walk on the wild side, but kip in comfort?Sweden's 440km 'King's Trail', the Kungsleden, travels through some of Europe's most spectacular scenery with simple but affordable cabins (plus a sauna or two) along the way.


PLUS...

Gear, skills and routes


All this and more in the December issue of Trail magazine
on sale 03.11.16

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Trail magazine - November 2016 issue

Long distance walking offers both challenges and rewards. Knowing where to start planning your mega-mileage epic can be hard, so this issue of Trail is dedicated to pointing you in the right direction. Whether crafting a unique multi-day trek, or following an established routes, you'll find help, guidance, and inspiration inside.

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Trail magazine - October 2016 issue

There's a reason hill walkers and scramblers keep heading back to north wales - in fact there are loads of them. If you've never been, we'll show you why you should. And if you know it well and are as fond of the place as we are, you'll find plent to enjoy in this issue dedicated to the wonders of Snowdonia. The October issue of Trail magazine is on sale 08.09.16

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Trail magazine - September 2016 issue

Join us as we investigate gems of the Highlands - including a few that you may never have heard of but that will have you packing for the hills as you read!

Inside this month's mag...

Secret Scotland - Moidart Corbetts

Secret Scotland - Moidart Corbetts

West Coast Wonderland

Trail digs deep into the forgotten mountains of Moidart, where the walking is tough but the views are unforgettable.


Secret Scotland - Rannoch Moor

Secret Scotland - Rannoch Moor

A home in the wilderness

Amid 50 miles of moorland and mountain lies a cosy cabin. Time to check in to Loch Ossian Hostel...


Secret Scotland - Ben Starav

Secret Scotland - Ben Starav

The Peak at the end of the glen

Movie-worthy scenery might lure you to Ben Starav, but it's the complex layers of mountain that will truly get under your skin.


North Wales - Pinnacle Ridge

North Wales - Pinnacle Ridge

Short sharp shock

It's not overly long, it doesn't hit a summit, and it begins right next to a main road. So what makes Pinnacle Ridge one of the most thrilling scrambles in Snowdonia?


The Lake District - a miniature masterpiece

The Lake District - a miniature masterpiece

Want a mountain that's intriguing, charming, moderately challenging, and baggable on the afternoon before a (very) big day? Then it's...

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Dartmoor - Foraging free food

Dartmoor - Foraging free food

Living off the land

Free wild food is everywhere: tasty mushrooms, sharp salad leaves and plump berries. Get foraging, and pimp your hill grub!


Plus...


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Trail - August 2016

From Lakeland escapes to Highland epics - here's what you can find in Trail Magazine's August issue, out now! 

 

INSIDE THIS MONTH'S MAG...

VENI, VIDI, AMBULAVI

Join us as we take a 26-mile trek across the Lake District via the High Street Roman road from Penrith to Ambleside

10 EPIC WILDCAMP LOCATIONS

Escape the bustle of modern life and discover ten of the best locations in the wild UK mountains to pitch a tent.

GATEWAY TO THE HIGHLANDS

It's the most southern Munro and often overlooked for the more northern peaks, but Ben Lomond has a wildside to explore.

THE SEVENTH KINGDOM

A three-legged flag, an infamous motorcycle race, and views that stretch to all the nations of the UK. Welcome to the Isle of Man.

GAME OF STONES

Ever wondered just how the ground under your feet came to be? Discover the violence and conflict of geology with Ronald Turnbull.

HINKES ON HILLS

He's climbed all 14 of the world's peaks over 8000m, so is there anything the UK mountains have to offer Alan Hinkes? You bet there is!

PLUS...

Mountain Guide

Skills and knowledge for better hill days.

Gear

The latest kit, exciting products and in-depth reviews.

Routes

Walks from the UK with guides, mapping and GPS data.