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Trail April 2020

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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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cumbria calling...

If you love walking in the Lake District, you certainly aren’t alone. More than 15 million people visit England’s largest National Park every year – and just like you and me the majority are drawn there by the mountains, lakes, pubs and picture-perfect villages that combine so perfectly to create the ultimate location for hillwalkers. You often pay for that perfection with crowds – particularly on the highest peaks – but that just gives you an excuse to get creative. Wake up a bit earlier, go to bed a bit later, pick a more daring line of ascent, head for the more remote ranges, or stick a tent in your pack and head off-grid for a couple of nights. If you’ve never walked in the Lakes before, shame on you! But…

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Fairfield is a big, complicated lump of a mountain, with a personality that shifts wildly depending on the angle you approach it from. Most people know Fairfield by the horseshoe walk that makes it famous, starting and finishing on the tourist-heavy streets of Ambleside and meandering in a giant hook around its broad southern ridges. From that angle, the peak appears grassy, lumpen and (whisper this bit) almost boring. But like so many mountains, that all changes when you sneak a peek at its weather-ravaged north face. This photo was taken on the ascent from Brothers Water, while we picked our way up the knotty ridge atop Hartsop Above How. The scenery turns dramatic here, with the fractured northern walls of Hart Crag and Fairfield flaunting their finery high above.…

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your year of mountain festivals

For such a small collection of islands, the UK has a remarkably impressive and varied collection of mountain ranges. And in recent years, those ranges have spawned an equally remarkable collection of mountain festivals, which show off everything that’s great about our uplands. From the Lakes to the Outer Hebrides, and the Peak District to the streets of London, this year’s line-up of festivals serves up something for just about every type of outdoor enthusiast. There are walking challenges, award-winning movie screenings, live music played against magical mountain backdrops, bushcraft masterclasses, inspirational talks, craft ales, fresh-cooked local food, family activities, secondhand gear sales at bargain prices, and loads more – all delivered without the usual crazy festival prices. Here’s Trail’s guide to the best of this year’s outdoor festivals, from…

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11 to choose from

FOR URBAN EXPLORERS • BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR UK-wide, January-May The hottest new films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival go on tour yet again, with screenings all over the UK. Check the website for the full list of dates and locations. banff-uk.com • LONDON MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Royal Geographic Society, 2-3 May This is a brand new event for 2020, calling itself the ‘Mountain Festival of the South’ and delivering a packed line-up of talks from leading British adventurers including Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Mick Fowler, Steve Birkinshaw and Sean Conway. You can buy tickets for the whole weekend, or just pick the sessions you want to attend. • CLIFFHANGER 2020 Sheffield, 10-12 July This free inner-city festival is dedicated to outdoor adventure, taking place from Friday to Sunday with live music on…

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life of a mountain: helvellyn

Anticipation is building for the release of the finale of the Life of a Mountain movie trilogy by Terry Abraham. For anyone who has a soft spot for Helvellyn and its edges, it’s a stunning celebration of nature and people, with inspiring cinematography over the course of all four seasons. Tickets for the world premiere on 9-10 May are available now from the Lake District’s Rheged Centre, and a special screening will be held on 15 May at the Keswick Mountain Festival, along with a live performance of the musical score. Watch the trailer at tinyurl.com/lifeofhelvellyn WATCH IT! Daredevil Kilian Jornet’s latest Top Gear-style challenge, where he races a BASE jumper down a mountain! tinyurl.com/youtubekilian GIVE AWAY THREE PEAKS IN 3D Artist Peter Bolt has just finished an impressive 3D map installation of Glencoe…

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keen terradora ii mid £110

• Now equipped with KEEN’s KonnectFit heel-stability system which anchors the foot. • No-sew construction keeps weight to a minimum. • Enhanced KEEN.ALL-TERRAIN rubber outsole features a more aggressive design with 3mm lugs. • Heel pillow provides extra comfort around the Achilles. • Breathable mesh lining and KEEN.DRY waterproof membrane keeps feet dry and comfortable. • Abrasion resistant lightweight mesh upper with overlays gives protection and structure. • Addition of an under-foot shank to deliver torsional support and stability. • Upgraded to feature 5mm of underfoot cushioning for incredible comfort. • Removable dual density footbed with sock liner and in-built arch support cradles the natural contours of the foot.…