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.
TIME TO LOAD THAT BACKPACK
BASE CAMP • YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
WHY CAMPING IS KING!
What tent? • We review the latest backpacking tents on page 80, but here are some options if you like a little more space.
TRAIL Picks • Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen, and mountain-related stuff we like
Mountain ponies – lost warriors of the hills
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
ARE YOU WALKING THE HEIGHT OF EVEREST THIS YEAR? • With Trail’s 2021 challenge to bag 8848m of ascent in a single year of hillwalking well underway, here’s our selection of this month’s star challengers from the Trail Everest Anywhere Facebook group, plus details of where they’ve been to clock up their ascents.
HOW TO NAIL… ONE-WEEK TRAILS • You want to walk a long-distance trail but only have a week to spare? Don’t worry! Many of Britain’s finest are still within your reach.
TRAILS TO TRY
WALK AMONG GIANTS • You don’t need to climb the world’s biggest mountains to create an epic overseas adventure. The classic trek around Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, is regarded one of Europe’s greatest long-distance walks, and here’s how you can do it.
THE WORLD’S GREAT TREKS • A selection of the finest long-distance trails from around the world, picked out by the guidebook experts at Cicerone.
HiKE BiKE SWIM • Spice up your life with a mountain triathlon for mortals. All you need is a peak, a pass and a pool of water – and you’re spoilt for choice in the Lakes.
GRAVITY FALLS • 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. Trail has long prided itself on going to the highest, wildest, craziest places in the UK – and the summit of Napes Needle on Great Gable in the Lakes jangled the nerves like nothing else. We’ll leave it to you to decide if you’d prefer to read about it from the safety of this magazine, or add it to your adventure bucket list…
WHO ARE YOU CALLING DULL? • The Cheviot is the last mountainous outpost of northern England and an iconic marker near the terminus of the Pennine Way. But isn’t it, to be blunt, a little bit boring? Let’s find out…
IT TAKES BALLS TO GO SOLO • Following the tragic recent death of Sarah Everard, we find out from four female adventurers what it means to be a woman going walking in the hills on her own.
WHAT YOU TOLD US… • We asked Trail’s Facebook followers how they feel about walking in the hills alone.
BELINDA’S TOP TIPS • ON STAYING SAFE AND CONFIDENT OUTDOORS
8 TIPS FOR PLANNING A GREAT WILD SWIM • SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO
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HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT BIVVY • An overnight bivvy is a brilliant thing. You can travel fast and light, sleep in out of the way places like caves or clefts overlooking a spectacular view, and there’s very little between you and nature. Which is exactly the reason that the perfect night in a bivvy actually starts at home, poring over weather forecasts and maps to come up with a plan for a dry and clear night in a stunning location and with...