Trail magazine - May 2019 issue

On sale 18th April to 15th May

The Adventure Issue

  • Scrambling

  • Summit camps

  • Via ferrata

  • Bikepacking

Comes with the FREE 2019 Trail Gear Guide!

236 products reviewed & rated by mountain experts!

  • Boots

  • Backpacks

  • Waterproofs

  • Tents

  • Sleeping Bags

  • Headtorches

  • Gas Stoves

  • Ice Axes

  • + Much More


  • Wainwright Walks - 12 classic Lake District routes with OS maps

  • The Ultimate Mountain Walk - Snowdonia’s legendary Cadair Idris horseshoe

  • The Future Of Bothies - Are Britain’s mountain shelters under threat?

  • Summer Footwear - Mountain boots, trail shoes and sandals reviewed.

All of this and more can be found in the new May issue of the UK’s best-selling hillwalking magazine - on sale Thursday 18th April.

Inside the issue…

Rock and Stroll Star

Summer scrambling season is almost upon us, and the British mountains are packed with superb rock routes for beginners. Trail headed to Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia to test one out... 

Cwm Idwal is a geological masterpiece. A lake-bottomed, rock-walled amphitheatre of pure splendour, softened by picnic spots and skimming-stone bays.

Wilderness Calling

For wilderness lovers, bikepacking is
a tool to unlock Britain’s most hard-to-reach mountains. The theory sounds flawless, but does it stand up to the test? Trail heads for Scotland’s two most remote Munros to find out.

The sight of another eagle, this time a ‘goldie’, snapped me from my trance. it drifted overhead, passing just 100m above

An intimate encounter with the night

Bivvying is the purest form of sleeping wild. No tent, no protection except the waterproof bag you’re wrapped in, and nowhere to escape to if the weather turns. But if the weather doesn’t turn, this is an overnight experience like no other. With a clear forecast and a starlit summit in mind, Tom Bailey left behind home comforts to spend a night on a favourite Lakeland fell. And once you’ve read about it, trust us, you’ll want to do the same.

All you need is the right attitude, a bit of mountain sense, and you’re away, living freer and wilder than the sheep below you.

Iron and Stone

Honister Slate Mine’s history is founded in stone, but its future is being shaped by iron. Trail clips in to the UK’s original via ferrata.

...the straps between our harnesses and the cables are taut and we’re leaning right back over the abyss… and then let go of the stemples

Are Britain’s Bothies at Breaking point?

The Mountain Bothies Association has been rebuilding, maintaining and repairing remote shelters in Britain’s wildest and loneliest regions for over 50 years. Today, with more bothies to care for and visitor numbers higher than ever, Trail speaks to four people whose working lives revolve around these iconic mountain shelters to better understand the threats facing them. 

You can be a stereotypical ‘get off my land’ type farmer, or you can work with people like the MBA

Pick your peak-bagging challenge!

The British mountains are full of weird and wonderful lists for hillwalkers to spend a lifetime ticking off. But which is the right one for you?

They come in all shapes and sizes, with terrain covering everything from peaty moorland and grassy summits to ankle-churning scree and razor-sharp rocky ridges.


Know-how, gear, and routes

All this and more in the May issue of Trail magazine
on sale 18.04.19