How to Navigate with Country Walking

Join Country Walking and navigation expert Mark Reid in the beautiful Peak District for the ultimate map-reading lesson!

Against a backdrop of stunning moorland and towering rocks, we'll show you how to use a compass, understand map symbols, take a bearing and pace your distance – then use these skills to discover amazing sights that are hidden from most walkers.

We got a glorious day on the edges of Black Hill and Saddleworth Moor for our trip, but with the expert tips in this video, you'll be able to find your way over Britain's wildest hills whatever the weather throws at you.

All this and a dog called Elvis too…


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The brilliantly bizarre Hexa Pot

The Gear News section of the November 2012 issue of Trail magazine features the Hexa Pot. Hopefully you've read it.

The Hexa Pot is a pot that can be used on a gas stove or burner to boil water or heat food, much like any other pot.

Oh yes, except it's made of paper.

If you read the mag and have been scratching your head in disbelief, convinced that it's simply not possible to cook with a paper pot, this video from Hexa Pot might convince you that miracles can happen.

See them cook sausages, boil pasta, heat noodles and simmer soup using nothing more than a gas stove and a Hexa Pot.

Seeing is believing, so check out the video below and prepare to have your understanding of paper changed forever!


Tryfan and Glyders Fach and Fawr - the landmarks

It's really shaky, the sound quality isn't great, and our Welsh pronunciation is terrible, but this video shows some of the highlights of our mission to hunt down some of the iconic landmarks of Snowdonia, as featured in the November 2012 issue of Trail magazine.

And some goats.

On the plus side, it might just encourage you to go out and find them yourself (the landmarks, not the goats).

If you do (assuming you haven't already), you'll find them much less jittery and far more impressive than this video suggests, although we can't promise the wind will be any better.

Nikwax Base Layer Cleaning & Care

Nikwax produce a range of cleaning products designed to enhance the performance and increase the longevity of your baselayers.

Deodorising conditioner for all technical underwear and wicking clothing worn next to the skin. BaseFresh effectively deodorises, inhibits the build up of body odours, accelerates drying and improves cooling efficiency of all base layers.

Deodorising cleaner and conditioner for synthetic technical underwear and wicking clothing worn next to the skin. BaseWash effectively cleans, deodorises, inhibits the build up of body odours, accelerates drying and improves cooling efficiency of synthetic base layers.

Wool Wash
Nikwax Wool Wash is a new product created specially for cleaning and maintaining the natural qualities of wool garments. This new innovation from Nikwax is a gentle product formulated to clean technical wool base-layers, whilst enhancing wool’s natural wicking properties. Recommended for Merino.

See the video below for details of the pructs' benefits and how to use them.

Get the most from your GPS

New to the world of GPS? Or looking to boost your GPS skills? Here are two simple videos to help! 

In 'The Beginner's Guide to GPS', you'll get a basic introduction to what a simple GPS unit does, and how it can liven up any walk – especially if you've got young explorers in tow. 

And in 'Get the Most from your GPS' we take you out to the wilds of the northern Peak District to show you how an advanced GPS can unlock amazing adventures in remote places. 

They've been produced in association with our friends at Garmin. See to visit their website.

Scrambling on Carnedd Dafydd - the Grib Lem Spur

Earlier this year Trail headed over to North Wales to tackle the dark side of Carnedd Dafydd.

More specifically, Editor Simon Ingram, writer Ben Weeks and photographer Tom Bailey aimed to ascend the north face of Carnedd Dafydd via the Grim Lem Spur - an easy going but relatively exposed grade 1 scramble.

The trip is featured in the August issue of Trail magazine, but it was also the first outing for the GoPro sponsored Trailcam.

Initially worn by Ben, then transferred to Tom to avoid it being in the photos, the camera was used to film the entire scramble from bottom to top.

Obviously a couple of hours watching hands on rock would be dull, so this is an abbreviated, streamlined version of the video that was recorded.

Hope you like it.

How to fit a rucksack or backpack

To get the best support from your rucksack it's important that it fits properly. In this video Trail's features editor Phoebe Smith is fitted up for a pack by technical editor and gear guru Graham Thompson.

Plus, check out Phoebe's review of rucksacks in the Spring 2012 issue of Trail, on sale 21st March.

The making of The North Face Verto S4K boot

The North Face has recently created and launched their first dedicated winter mountaineering crampon compatible boot, the Verto S4K GTX.

This video shows the process behind designing and creating the new footwear, and gives an interesting insight into the manufacture of a modern day boot.

Boots & Beer 2011 - video and photos

The weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of September saw the 10th annual Black Sheep Boots & Beer walking festival take place in Wensleydale.

Based in the market town of Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales but with walks covering Askrigg, Aysgarth and other parts of the surrounding area, the Boots & Beer festival was a joint venture back in 2002 between The Inn Way guide writer Mark Reid and The Black Sheep Brewery.

Never ones to pass up the combination of great walking and plentiful beer, the Country Walking team have been involved in every event to date, and if this 10th festival was anything to go by, will continue to do so for years to come.

For those of you that were there, you'll know what a fantastic event it is, but if you didn't make it this time, check out our video and photos from Boots & Beer 2011, and be sure to book up for 2012! 

Boots & Beer video

Boots & Beer photo slideshow

Gear Video: The Vango Infinity 400 AirBeam Tent

Trail magazine’s Phoebe Smith enlists some help to see just how quick and easy it is to erect the Vango Infinity 400 AirBeam Tent, as featured in the latest issue of Trail.

The Infinity 400 AirBeam is a new kind of tent that uses inflated beams rather than poles to support the outer fabric. Designed for campers who don't like fighting rigid poles into position and ideal for family camping trips, Vango claim the Infinity 400 can be put up in under 3 minutes – an accurate claim or are they full of hot air? Phoebe finds out…

Comedian Ed Byrne on Munros, Wainwrights and why 'conquerors' are wrong...

He's best known as a stand-up comedian and panellist on 'Have I Got News for You?' and 'Mock the Week', but Ed Byrne is also a passionate walker, with 63 Munros under his belt.

Country Walking met up with him on the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District, to introduce him to 'the Wainwrights' - the Lakeland fells chronicled by Alfred Wainwright.

Here he is, talking about why 'baggers' get a bad rap, why no-one ever 'conquers' a mountain, and how he sneaked off from the Edinburgh Festival to bag a few tops in between shows...

More from Ed in the new issue of Country Walking. And Ed is on tour now - more details HERE.




NEW VIDEO: Go geocaching with Garmin!

Come out with LFTO as we explain the brilliant adventure of geocaching, with some help from Garmin. See how you can inspire your family to join the world's biggest outdoor treasure-hunt by loading caches into your GPS from Garmin's new 'Opencaching' website, then getting out there on foot to track them down. It's easy, it's fun and it might just change your family walks forever…

EXCLUSIVE Messner on Everest video special

To accompany Trail Magazine’s exclusive interview with the world’s greatest mountaineer (March issue, on sale now!) LFTO presents three Messner-themed videos courtesy of Leo Dickinson – the man who filmed Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler’s 1978 climb of Everest: the first without oxygen.

These videos are taken from the DVD Everest Unmasked ( which, as well as featuring the film of the ascent itself, has an enviable suite of extras including an interview with Noel Odell – the last man to see Mallory and Irvine alive in 1924 – uncut summit reels from Messner’s camera, an interview with George Mallory Jr on returning from the summit and extensive interviews with Messner himself.

Messner on Messner
An interview with Reinhold shortly before attempting Everest in which he explains his mountaineering philosophy.

Noel Odell on Mallory and Irvine
An extraordinary clip from an interview with Professor Noel Odell – filmed in the 1980s when he was very elderly  – on the moment he watched Mallory and Irvine disappear behind the clouds and into history.

Messner’s Everest summit footage
A clip from the uncut reel of Messner’s video camera, showing Peter Habeler – delirious with exhaustion – becoming joint first to reach the summit of the Everest without oxygen in 1978.

Sir Ian Botham launches 'Outdoors Revival'

Catch up with cricket legend and champion charity walker Sir Ian Botham as he launches a major pubic vote aimed at sprucing up some much-loved National Trust properties.

The Great Outdoors Revival asks you to choose from a shortlist of 79 projects, with the winners getting a share of £100,000 donated by Bovril. Projects inlcude a glass-bottomed boat for Malham Tarn in Yorkshire, a new erosion-busting path at Barafundle Beach in Pembrokeshire, and a new trail around the River Exe in Devon.

For more details on the project, click here (

To join Sir Ian's ramble at Fountains Abbey on Saturday, November 6th, email your interest to

Here's 'Beefy' to tell you more in his own inimitable style...