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.
NIGHTS TO REMEMBER
The highs and lows of bivvy nights • Ronald Turnbull spends hilltop bivvy number 101 on Criffel to celebrate a 20th-anniversary new edition of his Book of the Bivvy.
5 GREAT BIVVY SPOTS
TRAIL Picks • Cake & coffee anyone? Here’s are Britain’s top walkers’ cafés – as voted by you lot!
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
Aquatic plants of the mountains
MOUNTAINS FOR THE MIND Man on a mission • Trail celebrates the incredible achievements of Paul Ellis, a double amputee who crawled to the summit of Ben Nevis to raise over £33,000 for children with limb differences.
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YOUR STORIES • The Mountains for the Mind Facebook group is a supportive, inspirational community of 16,000 people just like you. We hear so many stories of social media being bad for your mental health, which is why we’re proud to have created such a positive online environment.
STRIDING EDGE HOW HARD IS IT? • Striding Edge is unquestionably the most famous mountain ridge in England, but how tough is it for first-timers? We sent a scrambling newbie, along with an experienced local guide, over its spiky backbone to find the answer.
5 PRO TIPS • Here are some nuggets of wisdom from the experts at Lakeland Mountain Guides for beginners wanting to scramble Striding Edge.
A NIGHT ON THE CROWN • For many people the idea of waking up on a mountain top as dawn breaks, staring down at the rest of the world as it readies itself with the business of the day, is more of a pipe dream than a reality. Making it happen isn’t so hard though, you just need a little prior planning and a bit of experience.
WILD CAMPING WHAT’S THE LAW? • Sleeping out on a hill with just the stars and the wind for company can be life at its simplest and most joyful. But the laws that govern wild camping are not. We get to grips with what you can and can’t do when sleeping out in the UK.
WHY TRAIL READERS WILD CAMP…
A TRAIL FOR THE MOUNTAIN CONNOISSEUR • It’s long, it’s tough and it’s utterly magnificent. The 300-mile Cambrian Way is a true bucket list hike: a challenging yet infinitely rewarding backpacking trail that traverses the highest and wildest parts of Wales.
THE MYTH OF MALLORY • These days, an estimated 800 people attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain each year. But turn the clock back to 1922 and Everest’s summit was unclimbed, untouched and the burning obsession of a young Englishman named George Mallory. In his new book Everest 1922, Mick Conefrey tells the story of Mallory’s first attempt to reach the top and how his fate became forever intertwined with the mountain.
CHANGING HORIZONS • Living life in the wild is something many of us dream about. But for Lisa Morris and Jason Spafford that dream became a reality when they sold up and hit the road in 2014, travelling the length of the Americas, across the Nordics and around the Scottish Highlands, documenting their adventures along the way.
HILL HACKS • SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO
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HOW TO RIG A TARP • Tarps make some of the lightest and most versatile shelters but can be pretty...