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Trail December 2018

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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team trail’s month

Ben Weeks journeys out to the magical island of Rùm and uncovers many of the stories the island is bursting to reveal p26 Twitter @GingerheadBen Sarah Ryan quite literally bottles up an adventure in the Lake District after the weather takes a soggy turn for the worse p34 Twitter @sarah_outside Jeremy Ashcroft visits the crags of Wasdale in an outing to remember a lost generation of Lakeland climbers – and the gift their legacy left us all p46 Tom Bailey ventures onto a paradisal tidal island off Wales and spends a wild night marvelling in a place that could win over any mountain lover p60…

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welcome to december 2018

In Britain, something happened everywhere. Sit down for a biscuit on a rock in England, Wales or Scotland and the chances are, there used to be a druid worshipping site there, some Clan had a castle there, some cattle were hidden there, a scientist came up with a theory there, or you turn round and discover a little plaque informing you that an infamous queen had her head chopped off there (the last one might seem obscure but this genuinely happened to me once just down the road; I had no idea). We live in the most story-rich nation in the world. Compare it to bits of Canada, when quite possibly the last thing to walk there before you was a Tyrannosaur, and you may feel claustrophobic. But here’s the…

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glamaig isle of skye

In the shadows of the infamous Black Cuillin, Skye’s more gentle and sedate range, the Red Cuillin, can often be disregarded. But this underdog band of peaks is marshalled by a talismanic captain in the name of Glamaig and it is dismissed at one’s peril. Also known as Sgurr Mhairi, Glamaig is the northernmost and highest mountain in the Red Cuillin, and with an elevation of 775m it represents half of Skye’s population of Corbetts. As seen from Sligachan in the west, Glamaig appears perfectly conical – as though a colossal limpet had once emerged from the deep of Loch Sligachan and hunkered down on the rugged landscape. In reality, the mountain has a southeastern spine, the Bealach na Sgairde, that links it to the rest of the Red Cuillin. Given its…

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luss, loch lomond

To explore Loch Lomond NP 1 It’s all too easy to be distracted by the allure of the higher peaks of the north and give the Loch Lomond National Park nothing more than a nod of appreciation at the increasing topographical drama on your way up on the A82. But pay a little closer attention and you’ll notice the small conservation village of Luss positioned right on Loch Lomond shore and just a very easy diversion from the main road. Made famous by the popular TV series in the 80s and 90s, Take the High Road, Luss is truly a village where loch and mountains meet, and is nicely positioned to explore the whole National Park. For rolling hillwalks 2 From the village, the Luss hills provide gentle hillwalking with magnificent views over…

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cold wonders

Winter’s nearly here. And while some might shudder at the thought of shorter days and colder weather, we reckon there’s plenty to look forward to… Real fires You arrive at the pub after a wet, windy day to be met by the welcoming warmth and light of a log fire. Grab a pint, sit down, warm up and enjoy. Hot flasks Dig out your Thermos! A hot drink on a cold mountainside is one of hillwalking’s great pleasures. Down jackets Very few items of outdoor-wear shout that the wearer is a person of the mountains so much as a down jacket. In summer you’ll look like a sweaty fool. In winter, you’ll look the business. Silent hills Snow deadens sound in the hills for a quieter, more muted atmosphere. And there’ll be fewer folk about too, which all…

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just what the doctor ordered

Getting outside is good for you. This is not news. Indeed, it should be common knowledge. But in case there was ever any doubt, the restorative powers of a good wild wander are now receiving professional recognition. Doctors on the Shetland Islands are to start prescribing hillwalking (along with beach walks and bird watching) to help treat patients as part of the ‘Nature Prescriptions’ project. “The project provides a structured way for patients to access nature as part of a non-drug approach to health problems,” explains Dr Chloe Evans, a GP at Scalloway Health Centre on Shetland. “The benefits to patients are that it is free, easily accessible, and allows increased connection with surroundings which hopefully leads to improved physical and mental health.” NHS Shetland is the first health board to have…