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Trail January 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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Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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IN THIS ISSUE

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team trail’s month

Jake Kendall-Ashton pops his winter mountain cherry and discovers a whole new obsession p30 Twitter @KendallMintJake Ben Weeks makes a 36-minute dash up Scotland’s most accessible Munro. No trainers (or training) involved! p48 Twitter @GingerheadBen Simon Ingram examines the curse...or saviour...or curse of modern technology in the hills p60 Twitter @MrSimonIngram Graham Thompson and pals head to Fleetwith Pike for sunset, and put six of the best headtorches to the test for a night in a bothy p72…

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welcome to january 2019

Ever look at a picture of yourself and wonder where the time went? I don’t want to sound all old and nostalgic, but I can’t believe this picture of me (right) was taken three years ago. Or, put a slightly different way, nearly a 12th of my life ago. It feels like last winter. The mountains have a timeless memory when it comes to human lifespans – with the exception of old mine works (p40), and even these look like they were abandoned yesterday – they don’t change as quickly as we do. And so when you go back and experience the same place for a second time years apart, all the intervening time seems to disappear and life suddenly seems very... brisk. It’s an illusion of course, but a…

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moelwyn mawr snowdonia

North Wales’ National Park has a big hole smack in the middle. In that hole sits the historically maligned – but culturally coveted – town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, with its quarries and slate spoils and huddled terraces. It’s odd for a National Park to be shaped like a doughnut, but it does come with the dubious novelty of being able to walk into Snowdonia as you walk up a mountain. All this aside, this 770m summit and its neighbour – 710m Moelwyn Bach, linked by the excellently involving Craigysgafn Ridge – is one of the most underrated and unfairly dismissed of all the Welsh mountains. Yes, you’re walking through the ruins of the slate industry, but there aren’t many places in Snowdonia truly disconnected with mining, and for better or worse…

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ennerdale bridge

For Lakeland’s wild west 1 Tucked away on the western fringes of the Lake District, Ennerdale Bridge is a small village at the head of Lakeland’s most westerly lake. Unless you live on the Cumbrian coast, it will take you a little extra effort to get here, but from here you can explore some of the wildest and most inaccessible fells. Pillar, Steeple and High Stile are all within a day’s exploit. For epic walks 2 Wainwright’s classic Coast to Coast walk makes its first pit-stop at Ennerdale Bridge. As you walk through the industrial towns and villages from the start of the walk at St Bees, Ennerdale Bridge is a gateway for good things to come, marking a stark contrast in changing landscape as the hills welcome you into the comfort of…

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insta-walks

Online retailer www.sportsshoes.comhas analysed over 677,000 hiking-related Instagram posts from the last three years, in order to find which destinations are being shared the most. Bearing in mind these are the most Instagrammed and not necessarily the most popular, and that destinations posted online may be much wetter/greyer/steeper/harder than they appear, here are the top five: #1 Pen y Fan #2 Ben Nevis #3 West Highland Way #4 Pentland Hills #5 Jurassic Coast For the full list, take a look online at https://tinyurl.com/instahike…

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sprayway vanta £100

Vantablack is the world’s darkest man-made substance, absorbing virtually all incidental light and reflecting almost none. This hybrid insulation piece isn’t quite that dark – it’s somewhere between Vantablack and a Spinal Tap album cover – but it is super stylish. It performs well too, using InsoTHERM synthetic fill through the core for warmth, CoreC 200 knitted marl fleece through the arms and hood, and TecSHELL quick-drying water repellent ripstop fabric across the body. Other lines in the Vanta range include the Obsidian down jacket and the Preto classic knitted fleece. > WE SAY A great-looking mid layer available in any colour, so long as it’s black.…

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