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Trail September 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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United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the mountains are open

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been bored. Bored of being stuck inside a 5-mile radius of my front door, bored of relentlessly pulverising my local trails, and bored of not being able to chuck my boots, bike or inflatable kayak in the back of my car and head off to do something adventurous. But here’s the good news. With uncertainty surrounding pretty much everything in the world right now – including how and where we can work, shop, eat and even sleep – the great outdoors is finally starting to emerge from its enforced hibernation as the place to be this summer. If 2020 is to be the summer of the great British ‘staycation’, then where better to head than the hills and mountains? So get out there…

1 min.
100 trail peak of the month

LAKE DISTRICT CAT BELLS Although only added to our #Trail100 bucket list during the revisions earlier this year, with hindsight it’s inconceivable that the little hill with the big views could ever have been overlooked. Cat Bells tops out at a lowly 451m, which would barely make it more than a lump on a larger mountain were it anywhere else. But it’s where Cat Bells is that makes it so special. Rising from the edge of Derwent Water – just two miles over the lake from Keswick’s Crow Park as the bird of the same name flies – Cat Bells dominates the skyline by virtue of being the most shapely fell on display. Although vaguely bell-shaped (if you squint a bit), it’s possible the name is a distortion of Cat Bields: Shelter…

2 min.
wild camping abuse it & lose it

Lockdown restrictions are easing and the opportunity to get back in the hills is returning. Good news, surely? Well, not entirely… If you’ve spent any time on social media of late you’ve no doubt been saddened and angered by photos of the devastation being left by some ‘wild campers’. Scorch marks from fires, damaged vegetation and mounds of rubbish are just some of the scenes that have blighted the countryside as people flocking back to nature demonstrate just how little respect they can have for it. It’s easy to dismiss this as the activities of a minority; a small group of ne’er-do-wells who aren’t proper wild campers anyway. But while this is mostly true, this behaviour risks a greater effect on all of us. The Peak District National Park has reminded visitors…

1 min.
wild camp code

CONSIDER WHERE YOU ‘GO’… Toileting should be well away from any water source or path (30m or more) with waste buried at least 15cm deep. ▲ Paper and sanitary items should not be buried, as animals will dig them up. They should be bagged up and carried out. DON’T POLLUTE WATER SOURCES Do not use streams or rivers for washing with soaps or detergent. Take a small bowl, use eco-friendly products and dispose of this away from watercourses. DON’T ‘GARDEN’ YOUR CAMP SITE Do not dig drainage ditches, trample plants or move rocks to pitch your tent. If the site isn’t suitable as it is, find an alternative that doesn’t require landscaping simply to accommodate your camp. EAT TIDY Don’t light any fires – use a proper camping stove for cooking. ▲ Bag up and carry…

2 min.
take the mountain photo of the year

Trail’s UK Mountain Photo of the Year competition is now underway! We’re looking for photos that capture the mountain experience and instantly transport you to another place. You don’t have to be a professional with a big fancy camera though. Composition and timing are important, but there’s lots you can do to enhance your images. Check out the tips from processing experts Affinity Photo to help you maximise your chances of winning. And here are a few of our favourite entries so far… BRING YOUR LANDSCAPES TO LIFE SATURATION This is all about the power of the colours in your images, and it really comes into its own when you want to emphasise summery blue skies or punchy florals in your photos. You can also use it to lessen the colours in…

1 min.
win great prizes

1 X-T4 + XF18-55MM KIT The ultimate mirrorless camera, with a 26MP sensor, the latest image stabilisation, a long battery life and professional-standard images. 2 X-T30 + XF18-55MM KIT Known as the ‘little giant’ this kit has the performance of a professional camera in a lighter more compact body. 3 X-T200 + XC15-45MM KIT A retro-styled mirrorless camera with impressive features, including 4K video and a vari-angle touchscreen LCD. PLUS! All entrants will receive a 50% discount on Affinity Photo software HOW TO ENTER Take a stunning photo anywhere in the UK mountains. Upload up to three entries at lfto.com/mountainphoto20 Get your entries in before 5pm on Sunday 18 October 2020. FULL T&CS ON WEBSITE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FUJIFILM…