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Trail May 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.
escapism & inspiration

Cover photograph: Climbing out of Glen Nevis, with Ben Nevis behind, by Tom Bailey. I never thought I’d have to write a Trail welcome message like this one, when mountains and the very essence of adventure have probably never felt further away for any of us. At the time of writing we’re just over a week into COVID-19 lockdown, limited to one form of outdoor exercise per day, unsure of what even the next hour may bring in a fast-changing global crisis. The content of this issue was planned, walked and photographed long before coronavirus came anywhere near the UK, but by the time we finished it we were all shut away in our own homes with babies and pets climbing all over us, staring at the pictures on these pages…

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Strictly speaking, Steeple barely exists. If we reduce it to mere measurements and contours, it becomes little more than a rocky outcrop on the north flank of Scoat Fell. All of this is completely irrelevant though. Yes, it may be lower than Scoat Fell, but few peaks do so much to step out from the shadow of their parent. Perfectly peak shaped, Steeple stands high and proud above Ennerdale, the long, craggy ridge of Long Crag providing a direct link to the valley. Its sheer profile is pinched on either side by the twin hollows of Mirkiln Cove and Mirk Cove, and standing on top of Steeple’s pyramidal summit gazing out to the north feels like standing on a lofty pedestal and very much like the top of a mountain.…

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missing the mountains? here’s 11 ways to stay sane…

1 FIND OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES As well as getting your daily dose of the outdoors by going for a local walk, see what else you can do to get that natural boost from nature; like eating your meals, or even sleeping, in the garden. 2 PRACTICE MINDFULNESS Notice the little things. Watch for the signs of spring. Listen to the birds. Feel the grass under your bare feet. It’s proven that these moments of quiet can help relieve anxiety, lift your mood, and are good for your sense of wellbeing. 3 FILL YOUR HEAD WITH FUTURE HILLWALKS Research mountain routes you’ve always wanted to climb. The Routes section in Trail is a great place to start, and you can download all of them with the OS Maps app. 4 GIVE YOUR KIT SOME CARE It’s spring clean time!…

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tips from trail readers

Lisa Wells: “I’m summiting mountains in Snowdonia remotely every day using my stepper. I’ve completed Snowdon ( right ) and Moel Eilio so far. Tryfan tomorrow!” Peter Valli: “Highly recommend the ‘Countrystride’ podcast! Transport yourselves to the Lake District from the comfort of your sofas. Very descriptive, informative and presented by people who love the area...” Leanne Woodall: “We’re painting a mountain scene on the girls’ bedroom wall. Then we need to go up the stairs approx 2800 times to reach our 2nd Everest Anywhere, so we’re putting photos out of Trail magazine up the stairs for encouragement.” Tony Dale: “Just finished watching Abbie Barnes’ 2-hour film of the circular walk around Mont Blanc on her YouTube channel – she’s such a good presenter and an inspiration.” Simon Pendlebury: “Watched the film Edie three…

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trail picks

MUST-SEE MOUNTAIN MOVIES Free Solo A Walk in the Woods Touching the Void Leave No Trace The Way (Camino de Santiago) Into the Wild Happy People Wild The Dawn Wall WIN Mountains for the Mind partner Berghaus is giving away two Paclite 2.0 jackets for you and a friend (worth £150 each). Head to mountainsforthemind.co.uk/ berghauscomp1 to enter . Just tell us which mountain you’ll be tackling next, and who you’ll climb it with. Closing date: 13 May 2020 LEARN SOMETHING NEW GIVEAWAY If the only knot you tie is for your shoelaces, you’re missing out! Outdoor survival expert Tim Macwelch has a new handbook out called How to Tie Knots with a dedicated section on knots for hiking. We’re giving away two copies for anyone who wants to learn a new skill that will be handy in life, and in…

3 min.
the beguiling charms of carnivorous plants

A TRAPDOOR SPRINGS OPEN AND THE INSECT GETS PULLED IN, LEAVING THE LITTLE SWIMMER ENTOMBED There’s always a moment on a walk when I start to tell the person I’m with about the ‘carnivorous’ plant they’re standing near. The speed with which they move away is worth the slight exaggeration in description, for these plants are more accurately insectivorous, or insect eating. Alarmingly, we have three families of these plants among our uplands: sundews, butterworts and bladderworts. Carnivory in plants exists to supplement a lack of nitrogenous compounds and salts in the nutrient-deprived soil in which they live. Worldwide there are around 600 known species – most are small and unspectacular. There are five traps that these plants use to ensnare their prey: pitfall, snap, lobster, bladder and fly paper. British carnivorous plants…