Travel & Outdoor

Trail October 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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13 Issues

In this issue

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mountain magic

I’m ashamed to say I was more than a couple of decades into my life before I properly visited the Scottish Highlands. Driving across Rannoch Moor on the A82, with the unmistakable silhouette of Buachaille Etive Mor guarding the entrance to the shadowy trench of Glen Coe, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so foolish. I’d spent a small fortune and lost many years chasing grand landscapes in distant countries, when everything I’d ever wanted was right here in Britain, just a few hours north of Glasgow. Huge, hulking peaks; wide-open glens; sparkling lochs; ancient forests; remote islands; white sand beaches; and wildlife ranging from eagles and red deer to dolphins and orcas. This issue is our own little slice of Scotland, taking you up its highest mountains and into…

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EDITORIAL Editor Oli Reed Deputy editor Jenna Maryniak Art editor Louise Parker Head of publishing Shane Collins Senior 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) PRODUCTION Print production Colin Robinson (468072) Ad production leisureads@bauermedia.co.uk (468772) Printers William Gibbons Distribution Frontline (555161) DIGITAL ISSUES Head of e-publishing Jim Foster Email: digitalmagazinesupport@bauermedia.co.uk H BAUER PUBLISHING Managing director Kim Slaney Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard Digital managing director Charlie Calton-Watson Group direct marketing manager Kim Slaney Chief financial officer Bauer Magazine Media Lisa Hayden CEO Bauer Publishing UK Rob Munro-Hall…

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ben more coigach

On a list of criminally overlooked British mountains, Ben More Coigach will be in the top 10 – and probably near the top of that. Driving north out of Ullapool, you simply can’t miss it. It’s the great wall of rock rising up from the sea beyond Isle Martin, and remains in your passenger window as far as Drumrunie. Its biggest problem is its neighbours. Trying to convince people not to drive on by to Suilven is a hard sell, but if any mountain deserves a chance, this is it. Although not particularly high – just 743m – Ben More Coigach is big. The main east-west summit ridge stretches 4km, and the northern offshoot is almost as long again. The western flanks flow all the way to the ocean, either…

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andy higson black dog outdoors director

“Black Dog Outdoors was established in 2018 to introduce people to outdoor activities as a means of improving their mental health and wellbeing. “Mountains for the Mind is a fantastic initiative that we’re proud to support. There’s synergy with our own aims and it was a pleasure to organise the recent Skiddaw walk on their behalf. That day connected people who, until the event, only knew each other through Facebook. “Feedback has been heart-warming, and it was humbling to see the support and encouragement everyone gave each other on the day. We can’t wait until the next event on Ben Nevis, and to continue supporting the amazing members of the Mountains for the Mind community.”…

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hiking headspace

Last month was a big one for our Mountains for the Mind campaign, with members of its fast-growing Facebook community organising the first official group walk. Trail went along for a great day on Skiddaw – one of only four Lake District peaks over 3000ft high – on a free event brilliantly organised by voluntary Mountain Leaders and Mental Health First Aiders from Black Dog Outdoors. The group included a real mix of ages and abilities, with participants travelling hundreds of miles (one all the way from Cornwall!) to walk, talk and explore the Northern Fells together. We hope this will be the first of many similar events, so if you want to take part either sign up for the monthly newsletter at mountainsforthemind.co.uk or join the Facebook group to…

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do it this month

• START PLANNING FOR KENDAL The Kendal Mountain Festival is back for its 39th year from 14-17 November, bringing together thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate adventure stories from around the world through films, talks and outdoor events. Tickets and accommodation go fast, so start planning your trip. kendalmountainfestival.com • HEAR THE ROAR OF RED DEER As summer draws to a close Scotland’s spectacular red deer rut gets into full swing, with stags competing for the attention and affection of females by roaring through the glens and challenging other males to combat. To read more about this amazing spectacle, which takes place from late September to early November, turn to page 18. • PLAY A HILL-THEMED GAME OF CARDS Those clever people at Harvey Maps have released new packs of playing cards focusing on the…