If you love to sling on a backpack, head for the hills and do some wild camping, Trail Magazine is for you. Each issue is packed with: - Routes with full OS mapping - Reviews of the latest outdoor kit - The UK’s best outdoor writing - Exclusive picture and video content As the UK’s biggest and best-selling hillwalking magazine, we specialize in the most beautiful, most spectacular and most challenging regions of Britain and Europe – and inform you about all the tools you need to explore them. If you want adventure you’ll love Trail, and Trail will love you.
STAY PATIENT, STAY SAFE
BASE CAMP • YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
THE LAST GREAT CHALLENGE • K2 remained the last 8000m mountain to be climbed in winter, until now. And this time it’s the Sherpas who reap the glory…
Key moments on K2
TRAIL PICKS • Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen, and mountain-related stuff we like
WHY I WALK… • David Mellor is an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion from North Wales, where he and his wife do their utmost to raise an outdoor family. He also runs wellbeing walks for families and groups of fellow dads to get away from the pressures of life, share outdoor skills, and talk openly about mental health.
Win 4 pairs of Bridgedale walking socks!
On the trail of the elusive pine marten
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
CAN YOU WALK THE HEIGHT OF EVEREST THIS YEAR?
WALK BRITAIN’S BEST BITS (AND SWERVE THE FLAT STUFF!)
WHY MOUNTAINS MOVE US • To celebrate Trail’s 30th year we’re dusting off our archives each month to resurface a favourite mountain adventure from the past three decades. The latest instalment takes us back to 2005, when award-winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane spent a night alone on the last mountainous outpost of northern Scotland, before asking himself why spending time in remote landscapes has such a profound impact on those of us fortunate enough do it.
CIRCLING THE SUMMIT • Do you need to stand on a mountaintop to reveal a peak’s true character? Trail goes on a 360° voyage of discovery on Great Gable to prove the opposite can be true.
THE EDGE OF DARKNESS • TAKE A WILD WALK ON KINDER SCOUT’S GRITTY NORTHERN EDGE
THE DISGRAUNTLED DOZEN • In January 2020, 12 names got booted off our Trail 100 mountain bucket list. Our cast-offs may have been replaced but they’ll never be forgotten, so we asked our longest-serving contributor to write a fitting tribute to the downtrodden tops.
ACCESS FOR ALL! • Access to nature is essential for all of us but only easy for some. How does having a disability affect your ability to get outside, and can access be improved? We find out…
TRAMPING OFF TRAIL
5 GROUPS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
HILL HACKS • SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO
GET TO GRIPS WITH…
NAVIGATING BY THE STARS • Looking above you, into a clear, star-speckled night sky, is not just a glorious experience, it can also be a practical one. You only need to understand one or two things or be able to locate a few constellations or bright stars to find your way when there is nothing else to guide you. Here’s our guide to the basics...
Insider • THE LATEST INNOVATIONS IN OUTDOOR KIT
Gas stoves • Whether you’re backpacking a long-distance trail, wild camping in the hills or just brewing up while stopping for lunch on a day hike, a compact gas stove is the most popular choice for the majority of walkers. These six picks are among the best of the bunch
Insulated jackets • Whether worn as a mid layer during the coldest winter days, or an outer layer to fend off the coolness of spring evenings, a lightweight insulated jacket is a versatile piece of...