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...

Over to Yewbarrow


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...


All this and more in the
September issue of
Trail magazine
on sale 11.08.16

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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.