Trail magazine - June 2018 issue

On sale 17th May to 13th June

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Lake District Special

  • Lakeland's animal peakst
  • Ghosts of Souther Fell
  • Blencathra and Scafell routes
  • 6 more challenge ideas!

Plus

  • Stac Pollaid - Exploring Scotland's mega mini mountain
  • Snowdon YHA - Tales from Wales' highest hostel
  • News, how-tos, reviews and routes

All of this and more can be found in the new June issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 17th May.


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The new Lakeland three peaks

Want a challenge? Like mountains? In the Lake District? Stop everything: Trail's just found your next Big Day Out...

If you love the landscape around Keswick there is really little better worth doing for nine hours

Stalking the hills

Exploring unknown places, finding new routes and scoring points... Trail has a new favourite game. We're going on an animal fell hunt.

We weren’t hunting animals, but their namesake fells - found all over the Lake District
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The ghosts of souther fell

When darkness falls on midsummer's eve, legend and locals say that strange goings-on occur on this north Lakeland fell. It was as good an excuse as any for a wild night on the hill...

The sound of a legion of footsteps seemed a distinct possibility in my half-consciousness...

“Not just a job but a way of life”

Working at the hostel below the busiest mountain in the UK has its challenges, but Steve Webb greets 35,000 guests a year with a smile on his face.

So far, no Pen-y-Pass Hostel guest has become a mountain rescue fatality statistic.
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Small Mountain, Big Character

Stac Pollaidh is little by mountain standards. And yet it receives the kind of attention that peaks around twice its size can only dream of...

Bad step, mauvais pas, the crux - call it what you will, but if you want to reach Stac Pollaidh’s summit, you have to get past it

Plus...

Know-how, gear, and routes

All this and more in the June issue of Trail magazine
on sale 17.05.18


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Trail magazine - May 2018 issue

On sale 19th April to 16th May

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Views to thrill!

Plus...

  • WAINWRIGHT'S FINAL FELL - why this Lakeland tarn is perfect for a wild night out
  • GLYDERS IN THE MIST - Testing skills in Wales' most atmospheric hills
  • WONDER IN A WARZONE - why the Congo's highest peak is back on the map

Trail's Gear Guide 2018!

Get 100 pages of the year's hottest outdoor kit included FREE with this issue!

All of this and more can be found in the new May issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 19th April.


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Britain's best views

For walkers' eyes only: the 23 best views in Britain (and how to get there).

For most locations the notion of wildness is a fairly abstract concept... You really need to work hard and enter a lonely, high-walled corrie deep within high mountains.

Sleeping With Ghosts

It’s the final resting place of Lakeland’s most famous character. But with so many picturesque fells to choose from, why did Alfred Wainwright settle on Haystacks? Trail beds down to find out... 

Half a kilometre south-east and 80 metres lower than the summit is Innominate Tarn.
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Castles in the clouds

Castell y Gwynt refusing to submit to the gloom. Given the right mountains, a day in the gloom needn’t be a day wasted. Trail heads for the Glyders...

The dark spires of rock seemed bigger, more menacing. I half expected a crack of lightning to hit the top.

“Eat, sleep and dream mountains”

Driven by dedication and commitment, and perhaps just a touch of obsession, there’s always a way to find your way back to the mountains...

300 days a year in the mountains were no longer sustainable.
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Mountains of the Moon

It’s the stuff of adventurers’ dreams... and nightmares. Join us on a
journey into the Congolese jungle, and the summit of Mount Stanley.

Surrounded by darkness and mystery, there has been hidden to this day a giant among mountains.

Plus...

Know-how, gear, and routes

All this and more in the May issue of Trail magazine
on sale 19.04.18

Trail magazine - Spring 2018 issue

On sale 22nd March to 21st April

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Scotland's Greatest Days!

  • Ben Nevis
  • Liathach
  • Ullapool

Plus...

  • Hunting Wales's highest lake
  • A night in England's highest hostel
  • The highest cliff on earth
  • Know-how, gear and routes

All of this and more can be found in the new Spring issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 22nd March.


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Hard rock hallelujah

Liathach is, quite simply, one of Scotland's greatest and biggest hill days. A word or two of warning, though – don't confuse 'great' with 'easy'...

The mountain’s terraces give it a constructed appearance, and it’s fortress-like...

From here to the sea

How a small diversion to the highest lake in Wales became a big discovery...

A huge black wheel lay in its own perfectly circular pool
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The biggest drop in the world

Mount Thor's west face is the biggest cliff on earth. It's located in one of the wildest parts of Canada, and takes five days to reach on foot. Here's why it's worth it.

Rescues can depend on the weather and, at worst, it can take a week to get help

The house at the back o' beyond

Over 5km from the nearest road and 470m up the mountain whose name it takes, is a night at Skiddaw House as isolating as its 'loneliest' epithet suggests?

It’s difficult to think of another hostel whose access is quite so challenging
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"All I knew was that I was hooked"

Tea-girl turned Coniston Mountain Rescue team member Janice Hamilton reflects on a life-changing 10 years.

‘I’m always thinking...if we have a call-out, how can I get home quickly?’

Plus...

Know-how, gear, and routes

All this and more in the Spring issue of Trail magazine
on sale 22.03.18

Trail magazine - April 2018 issue

On sale 22nd February to 21st March

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Helvellyn - discover the mountain that won the nation's vote!

  • The best way up
  • The kit you need
  • Could you do Striding Edge?
  • Behind the scenes with Julia Bradbury

Plus...

  • The Cuillin Ridge for walkers
  • Snowdonia's Underdog
  • The world's biggest view
  • Hunting the Helm wind

All of this and more can be found in the new April issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 22nd February.


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Helvellyn - celebration of a Lakeland Legend

Following the biggest walking poll ever conducted, an ITV show recently named Helvellyn not only as Britain's favourite mountain walk, but its favourite walk of all. Trail takes a look at the best bits of England's third-highest mountain and asks - what makes it the nation's favourite fell?

Swirral Edge pleasantly surprises people with how divertingly gnarly it is

Into the limelight

Firmly in the shadow of other celebrity Snowdonian peaks, the gaze of the masses is blinded to Moel Siabod, but occasionally it's the little stars that shine the brightest.

Shadowy cliffs, the haunts of ravens and not a lot else...
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The Cuillin Ridge for Walkers

Think the most fearsome mountains in the land are just for steely-nerved climbers? You're only half right. This is the other half...

Straight away, we have to bend double to climb and soon enough are also breathless with exertion

Blown away

A wind reputed to be so powerful it can strip trees, rip off rooftops and topple horses - no wonder it's the only wind in the UK to be named. Trail heads up Cross Fell in Cumbria to take on the Helm

Who did we think we were anyway, taking on the mighty Helm wind?
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The greatest view on the planet

The Faroe islands are not only home to some incredible walks, they also hold a special world record too. Trail climbs The Faroe's tallest peak in search of a once-in-a-lifetime view...

The high vantage point gives another view of the turquoise waters, those crashing waves so still from 880 metres above

Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes

All this and more in the April issue of Trail magazine
on sale 22.02.18

Trail magazine - March 2018 issue

On sale 25th January to 21st February

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New year, big dreams, more mountains!

  • 31 must-have experiences for your ultimate 2018
  • Scafell - England's highest scramble... in winter.
  • Camping in winter - Totally bonkers or seriously worth it?
  • John Muir Trust - Getting to the heart of the trust on Helvellyn.
  • Gear on test - hi-spec rucksacks and cosy fleeces.
  • Winter routes - 12 ready to go hill walks

All of this and more can be found in the new March issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 25th January.


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The other side of summer

An easy scramble becomes a tantalising expedition in winter. This is Lord's Rake under ice.

The harder and more wintry it becomes, the more enchanting it all is.

Dream it? Do it!

Whether you're a newcomer looking for a fasttrack to a hill walking life list worthy of teh best or simply want a cool 'List of Things to Do in 2018', here's a ready-made hillwalking CV just waiting for your boots!

31 things that will make this your most epic outdoor year yet.
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Winter wild camping... how hard can it be?

For the uninitiated, the idea of lugging a tent up a snow-covered mountain in search of somewhere to sleep raises a lot of questions. We'll do our best to answer them here...

The fact remains that winter wild camping doesn’t have to equate to unbearable icy torment.

Extreme attraction

The most northerly point of Scotland is not John o'Groats. Trail goes to the very top of Britain and asks, "When it comes to cardinal extremes, where's the point...?"

It’s said that during storms the windows of the lighthouse have been blown out by stones thrown up from the cliffs.
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Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes

All this and more in the March issue of Trail magazine
on sale 25.01.18

Trail magazine - February 2018 issue

On sale 28th December to 24th January

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Winter Rocks!

Stunning days out to spice up the coldest month

  • The Peak District - think this place lacks summits? Think again...
  • Mountain Photo of the Year revealed
  • The Massacre Cave - Trail unearths history on the the tiny Scottish island of Eigg.
  • Aurora-hunting in the UK.
  • Master ice axe and crampon skills
  • Andy Kirkpatrick's Psycho Vertical film reviewed.

All of this and more can be found in the new February issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 28th December.


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Peaky Blinders

Full-on hill walking without venturing into a high, white wilderness? Here's how to pack six of the Peak's sharpest summits into one epic weekend.

Limestone reefs of Chrome and Parkhouse Hills, both jutting up like clam shell halves

The bones of Massacre Cave

In October 2016, Trail discovered human remains on the Isle of Eigg. Now, after a year of archaeological investigation, they've been revealed to be those of a 500-year-old teenager. It's the island's darkest chapter.

Protruding from the dark earth was a row of curved rods, the same tainted colour as the initial discovery. “These are ribs.”
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The hills saved my life

Making a living from a passion is a dream for most of us, bur for photographer Nick Livesey, the highest places of Wales became his saviour as well as his way of life.

I immediately knew that I had found my escape - not from reality, but to it.

Lunar Tick

What do you get if you combine England's highest mountain with fresh snow and a full moon? A classic in the making.

Headtorch off, detail began to emerge, starting with a brightening in the U-shaped bite of Mickledore.
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Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes

All this and more in the February issue of Trail magazine
on sale 28.12.17

Trail magazine - January 2018 issue

On sale 30th November to 27th December

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Big walks - the easy way

  • Get the best of the Pennine Way in a long weekend - plus three more epic journeys made super-achievable.
  • Cairngorms for short days - a bothy night, a clutch of summits, and back for tea.
  • Your body vs the hills - What goes into getting you high on Wasdale's steepest climb.
  • What makes good kit? Out with an expert to break down what your money buys.
  • Winter gear special! Headtorches, winter boots and axes face Trail's test.

All of this and more can be found in the new January issue of Trail magazine - on sale Thursday 30th November.


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Pennine Way Perfection

Short on time? Just do the best bits of the UK's oldest long-distance path with Trail's take on an ultimate weekend on the 'Way.

The train was the perfect ticket to Pennine highlights.

A Man vs mountain

What happens to your body when you trek up a mountain? Sporting an array of gizmos and gadgets, human guinea pig Jack Hart sets off to the Lake District to find out.

It had the exact conditions we needed to test the effect of mountain on this particular man: a bloody steep climb.
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Land of little wonders

There are rock-star hills we all know. There are cult classics that are appreciated but less visited. Then there are the rest: the never'eardof'ems. But just because they're low on fame doesn't make them short on charm...

To the south, the imposing brawn of the Cairngorms glowered. To the north, a haze-diffused wilderness brooded.

What Makes Good Kit?

Good gear keeps you alive, but how is it made and how can you make the best of it? Trail finds out...

If you know how to dress appropriately for the UK hills, then you’re fairly well sorted for worldwide walking.
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Plus...

Skills, gear, and routes

All this and more in the January issue of Trail magazine
on sale 30.11.17

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.


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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.


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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.


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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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