Travel & Outdoor

Trail August 2019

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.

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In this issue

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summer in the lakes

Aaah, the Lake District. My happy place. I’ve done a fair bit of travelling in the past few decades, and stood on top of a fair few big mountains in faraway ranges, but I’ve never found a collection of peaks that make my heart flutter quite like the good old Cumbrian fells. It’s my go-to place at any time of year, but nothing beats the Lakes in high summer. Sure, you’ll have to fight off a few sweaty tourists, but just think about those rewards. Long evenings to laze on remote summits, dry rock to scramble on, ice-cold mountain water to splash in, home-cooked meals to scoff, and refreshing beer to drink in pubs oozing with rustic charm... there really is nowhere else in the world quite like it. We’ve…

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EDITORIAL Editor Oli Reed Deputy editor Jenna Maryniak Art editor Louise Parker Head of publishing Shane Collins News and features writer Ben Weeks Staff writer Jake Kendall-Ashton Senior editorial assistant Sara Mattick Photographer Tom Bailey Technical editor Graham Thompson Map illustrator Steve Hall ADVERTISING Commercial manager Anna Skuse (468435) anna.skuse@bauermedia.co.uk Key account manager Joe Sheehan (366402) Classified sales Deanne Dwight (366384) MARKETING Marketing manager Holly Burdall (468111) Direct marketing manager Julie Spires (468164) Newsstand marketing Samantha Thompson (468128) BAUER CONSUMER MEDIA Managing director Sanjeev Khaira Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard Digital managing director Charlie Calton-Watson Group direct marketing manager Kim Slaney Finance director Lisa Hayden CEO Bauer Publishing UK Rob Munro-Hall…

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If you close your eyes and mentally sketch the ultimate Scottish mountain, what your brain churns out will probably look a lot like Slioch. This is what the Highlands is all about – grand, dramatic, remote, spectacular and more than just a little bit intimidating. Viewed from the shores of Loch Maree, Slioch (981m) looks like a giant clenched fist of rock, with steep and heavily scarred walls exuding an air of impenetrability. But it can be walked, magnificently, from the village of Kinlochewe, taking in over 5km of wild lochside and visiting two muscular summits. The route is long but rewarding, with golden eagles above, waterfalls cascading around you, and views stretching all the way to the Outer Hebrides. So go there this month, when the days are long…

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capture the moment

Trail’s UK Mountain Photo of the Year competition is back for its sixth year, with almost £3500 worth of Fujifilm camera gear up for grabs for the winning entries. The competition format will be the same as in 2018, when over 800 of you submitted stunning mountain images before thousands voted online to help our judges pick the winners. Last year, first place went to Gareth Owen for his magical photo taken at midnight on Snowdon’s Crib Goch ridge, with the image used on the front cover of Trail’s March issue, providing the perfect finish to a high-quality competition. The rules for 2019 are simple – your photo must be taken in the UK mountains and it doesn’t matter what type of camera it’s taken on. It can be a flashy…

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meet the judges

• NADIR KHAN An acclaimed adventure sports photographer and filmmaker who specialises in mountains, Nadir is inspired by “great light, dramatic clouds, landscape, and cool action”. • MARK GILLIGAN Having spent the past four decades photographing the Lake District fells, Mark is an award-winning landscape photographer and Fujifilm ambassador. • TOM BAILEY Trail’s long-serving photographer has probably photographed every mountain in Britain, and specialises in documenting people’s experiences in the outdoors. BEN HAWKINS Editor of Practical Photography magazine and an experienced picture editor, Ben assesses hundreds of images each month and looks for ‘instant impact’. LOUISE PARKER After more than 20 years as Trail’s designer, Lou has plenty of opinions on what makes a great mountain photo and – trust us – she’s never afraid to share them!…

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trail picks

TAKE THE PLUNGE There’s something innate inside all of us that draws us to water. Life-giving, beautiful, cooling, refreshing; it’s in the mountains that you’ll find some of Britain’s most remote, spectacular and wild natural swimming holes, tempting you to take a dip after your summer exertions. And if the coast is clear, don’t fight the urge to strip naked and feel the liberation and excitement of a skinny dip! • For inspiration and safety advice, see our Wild Swimming Masterclass on p70 VIEW WITH A ROOM While Trail prides itself on being rough and ready for adventure, we don’t see anything wrong with a touch of luxury, especially when it’s in the foothills of Snowdonia’s greatest mountains. We recently discovered the fab Ct Curigs Church, where owners Alice and Steve welcome mountainfolk groups…