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Trail March 2020

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

1 min.
choose your challenge

It’s the time of year when everyone is full of good intentions. New year, new you, and all that crap. Dry January, Veganuary, Couch to 5K... there’s a challenge out there for everyone. Luckily for those of us who like climbing mountains, there’s challenge enough in our hobby of choice. The only problem is narrowing down the peaks you actually have time to climb! Without even talking about this magazine’s very own (and very excellent) Trail 100 or Everest Anywhere challenges, just flicking through the pages of this issue will load your brain with more than enough ideas to keep you going through 2020 and beyond. We’ve got daring scrambles on the Isle of Skye, roadside rambles over limestone pavements in the Yorkshire Dales, overseas epics on volcanic peaks in…

1 min.
the mountain over the woods

The chewed edge of the Nantlle Ridge that soars up from the village of Rhyd Ddu is one of Snowdonia’s best kept secrets. With Snowdon’s massif drawing the crowds on the other side of the valley, this multi-peak traverse is often overlooked. Marked on the map as a string of peaks, the climax is Mynydd Drws-y-Coed (‘The Mountain Over The Woods’) a toothy apex in the undulating 12km ridge that feels airy and rough with some easy scrambling options. With surprising drama on the ridge, fantastic views of Snowdon’s quiet side to the east and Moel Hebog to the south, it makes for a quick and exciting loop when descending via Beddgelert Forest. A favourite of locals in the know, Nantlle deserves more popularity than it gets, but just maybe…

2 min.
walking for mental health

“MORE THAN 10,000 OF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP TO SUPPORT WHAT WE’RE DOING” Trail’s campaign to promote the benefits of spending more time outdoors to improve mental health is now officially a year old – and what a year it’s been. The Mountains for the Mind message has reached hundreds of thousands of people online, with more than 10,000 of you signing up to support what we’re doing. And we’re not done yet! The plans for 2020 are even bigger and better, with more fantastic partners coming on board to help us spread the word. Most excitingly, this year we’ll be delivering a full calendar of monthly walks in the UK’s most popular mountain regions, all completely free to attend and organised specifically for people experiencing mental health problems. So a…

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4 ways to get involved

• JOIN THE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY In just 12 months the Mountains for the Mind Facebook community has grown from zero to more than 7000 people, who support and inspire each other every day with amazing photos, stories and videos. The group is a shining example of how the outdoors can bring people together, with members regularly organising group walks and meet-ups all over the UK. • SHOW YOUR SUPPORT Mountains for the Mind is raising money for Mind, the mental health charity. Help us support its work by donating directly, or by ordering official Mountains for the Mind t-shirts and pin badges from our website, with all our profits going to Mind. mountainsforthemind.co.uk • TAKE PEOPLE OUT IN THE HILLS What better way to promote the outdoors than by training as a Mountain Leader or…

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let’s get mental health out in the open

Mountains for the Mind is much more than just a Trail magazine campaign – it’s driven by a fast-growing and passionate community powered by some of the leading names in the UK outdoor industry, and thousands of people just like you. Don’t just take our word for it… Andy Higson Black Dog Outdoors Director “Mountains for the Mind is a fantastic initiative that we’re proud to support. There’s a synergy with our own aims.” Megan Vincent “I love this group! I’ve met lovely, inspirational people and we’ve made such a strong friendship group. Here we are on Pen-y-Ghent, and we’ll be arranging to meet again very soon!” “LAST YEAR I KICKED MY ANXIETY’S ARSE AND WENT ON MY FIRST GROUP WALK. I’VE SINCE BEEN ON FIVE MORE!” Sir Chris Bonington Berghaus Honorary President “The importance of Trail’s Mountains for…

2 min.
view with a room

Wild, remote and spectacular, the location alone is enough to sell the Sligachan Hotel. Steeped in mountaineering history and nestled between the Red and Black Cuillin on an Isle of Skye loch shore, it’s everything a walker could hope for. Choose between standard rooms or more lavish alternatives like the Pinnacle Suite (pictured), but beware the impressively stocked Seamus’ Bar (open April-Oct). Trust us, it could play havoc with your mountain plans with 400 malt whiskys and local ales to choose from! sligachan.co.uk SUN, SEA AND MOUNTAINS Get inspired by some coastal walking this winter with a huge choice of itineraries on the Wales Coast Path. When the mountains are clagged in, often the coast can be bright and sunny. Choose from multi-day walks on the Llyn Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, North Wales or…