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.
TRAIL Picks • Christmas gift ideas to surprise and delight the mountain-lover in your life!
“You feel like a small, insignificant dot in a vast landscape of natural beauty” • Pushing the boundaries of climbing in the UK, 23-year-old, Lake District-based Berghaus ambassador Anna Taylor is a passionate advocate for spending time in the mountains for the benefit of mental health.
MOUNTAINS FOR THE MIND WALKS 2022
FACEBOOK GROUP POSTS OF THE MONTH • We asked you what cool stuff you’d found on your autumn hillwalks…
Goshawk & sparrowhawk: The stunning killers of our uplands
JOIN THE OUTDOOR CROWD • If you’d like to meet new people to enjoy days in the hills with, joining a hiking club could be the answer. Our partners at the BMC have put together five great reasons to do just that.
FIND A CLUB NEAR YOU!
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
ARE YOU WALKING THE HEIGHT OF EVEREST THIS YEAR? • With the 2021 chapter of Trail’s challenge to bag 8848m of ascent in a single year of hillwalking coming to a close, here’s our selection of this month’s star challengers from the Trail Everest Anywhere Facebook group, and details of where they’ve been walking to clock up their ascents.
THE SECRET HILLS OF SNOWDONIA • Secluded scrambles, hidden pools and summits you’re likely to have to yourself. Tired of the crowds? Escape them in Snowdonia’s rugged, quieter peaks.
Wild Water • Three top spots for a secluded splash – pants optional!
MOUNTAIN MASTERPIECE • Have you ever wondered how it would feel to walk into a mountain painting? We dispatched our photographer to Snowdonia to do exactly that, and he decided to sleep on top of it for good measure.
FINDING THE IMPOSSIBLE • For 50 years search dogs in England have been saving lives with their Mountain Rescue handlers. But there is much more to it than just their incredible sense of smell.
THE LAND BEFORE TIME • The north-west Highlands is home to a mountain landscape like no other, defined by its unique collection of standalone peaks carved from some of the world’s oldest rocks. Photographer James Roddie has spent more time there than most, and explains here why you should too.
ARE THE HILLS REALLY FREE? • Hillwalking is often described as an access-for-all hobby, but do financial barriers like kit, travel and accommodation prevent people from taking part?
HILL HACKS • SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO
...YOU END UP ON A CORNICE
IDENTIFY ANIMAL TRACKS • Snow shows up tracks brilliantly, and when it falls over the hills it covers the whole landscape, showing the passage of any animal. So even if you can’t see the wildlife, you can still work out what’s living there. There’s a fine art to accurate tracking but these basic points will get you started.
Net gains • Patagonia has been at the forefront of the green revolution for outdoor gear. Does its latest innovation signal another leap forward in eco-conscious kit?
SIX OF THE BEST Winter boots • In snow and ice, having the right boots is just as important as having an ice...