Just as the original summiteers of Everest saw fit to do their training on Snowdon (a mountain an eighth the size) so all Britain's high – and not so high – places have an ability to punch way above their weight.
Whether through their atmosphere or profile, local significance or their place in a thousand personal stories, this country has dozens of hills with gigantic hearts, and we've made it our mission this issue to single the very favourites out. We've also got a sparkling plan for that inevitable rainy day in Snowdonia, two time-travelling adventures in the Lake District and the Surrey Hills, a big test of rucksacks for autumn and winter (or that long-distance path you've been planning), some astonishing stories of what walking a little every day can do for – and a ticklist of all the counties' high-points if you fancy a truly loopy adventure. Anyway, step inside! The views are wonderful!
Just a taste of what's inside...