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.
BASECAMP • YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
ENGLAND’S NEWEST NATIONAL TRAIL
Kendal Festival goes live!
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TRAIL Picks • Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen, and mountain-related stuff we like
Fungi: The untapped kingdom in our uplands
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
MOUNTAINS FOR THE MIND • Mountains for the Mind is Trail’s campaign to promote the benefits of being outside for better mental health. We believe in the power of mountains to change lives – and here’s just a small selection of the amazing things going on in our community this month.
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YOUR STORIES • The Mountains for the Mind Facebook group is a supportive, inspirational community of 17,000 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.
THE NOTCHED RIDGE • AONACH EAGACH is touted as the most thrilling ridge scramble on mainland Britain, and it certainly has the qualities to match that claim. It’s epically long, terrifyingly narrow, and spiked with ‘crazy pinnacles’. But it also has teeth, and if you don’t watch it closely, it might just bite.
MAKING THE CALL • Hopefully you already know how to call Mountain Rescue, but what actually happens when you do? While enjoying a magnificent day on the Aonach Eagach, we found out…
Fine dining in the fells • Trail spends a day with Lakeland local Harrison Ward, an outdoor cook who specialises in whipping up high-quality meals in high and wild locations. Here he shows you how to do the same…
WALKING ON WATER • Often it’s less about the peak you’re climbing and more about the landscape around it that makes a mountain route so special. So join us for a lakeside walk to rival anything in Britain, right in the heart of England’s busiest National Park.
MOUNTAIN OF MANY FACES • Some mountains just demand to be climbed, but there’s an elite class of peaks that deserve much more attention. Welcome to the world of CADAIR IDRIS.
ICE LOSS • The recent and devastating glacier collapse on Marmolada is just one effect of global heating which is already irreversibly changing the mountains. But what is this a sign of, and what does it mean for the future?
HAVE A PERFECT BOTHY NIGHT • The UK’s remote mountain shelters are as beloved as they are simple. Great as a base for a huge weekend but also worth visiting in their own right. Here’s how to make your night in one even better.
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HOW TO IDENTIFY BOG PLANTS • It might look like a squelchy mire, but blanket bog is one of the most important habitats in the hills and in autumn it turns to a blaze of green, red and gold. This is our quick-fire guide to some of the specialist plants you might find there.
New kid on the block • A tough and technical hard shell hiking jacket made from repurposed Polartec NeoShell Fabric – sounds perfect. But just who exactly is Föhn?
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BREAKING OUT • More gear from hiking brands that started somewhere else.