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Trail January 2021

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.
keeping it local

At the time of writing England is in a national lockdown, Wales is heading out of one, and Scotland has introduced five-level regional restrictions. By the time you read this, who knows? If you’re lucky enough to live near hills, hopefully you’re finding ways to get out and walk among them. But if, like so many of us, mountain trips have been taken off the agenda, injecting that little bit of adventure into our lives has once again become tricky. That’s why in this issue of Trail, alongside your usual overload of mountain inspiration, we’ve come up with a bunch of ways you can hopefully get your outdoor fix close to home. If you’re based in the south-west, there are wild and rugged walks in Cornwall and Devon. We’ll take…

1 min.
peak district kinder scout

TRAIL 100 PEAK OF THE MONTH If you look up Kinder Scout on Wikipedia, that online reference of dubious accuracy describes it not as a mountain, or even a hill, but rather as simply a ‘moorland plateau’. And that’s probably fair. Despite topping out at 636m (enough to technically make it a mountain) there’s nothing peaky about the Peak District’s highest ground. It’s even been suggested that its true summit moves as the malleable peat is carved into towering hags and deep groughs by the weather. But this mysterious shapeshifting form is one of the intrigues of Kinder; if you want to test your navigation there’s nowhere better. If you prefer your walking to have a little more substance, the gritstone edges of the plateau are defined by outrageous rock formations…

4 min.
who wins? you decide!

HOW TO VOTE Select your favourite from the shortlist and vote online at lfto.com/ mountainphoto20 The public vote will count as one vote on the judging panel of five other expert judges. Voting is open from NOW until 14 December 2020. HOW TO VOTE Select your favourite from the shortlist and vote online at lfto.com/mountainphoto20 The public vote will count as one vote on the judging panel of five other expert judges. Voting is open from NOW until 14 December 2020. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FUJIFILM VOTE NOW! Pick your winner online at lfto.com/mountainphoto20…

2 min.
trail picks

MAP YOUR ADVENTURES Looking for a gift for the hillwalker who has everything? We’re currently loving these fun and adventure-inspiring Ordnance Survey Maps from ST&G. Loaded with facts and ideas for trips all around Great Britain, there’s more than a lifetime of explorations from your doorstep. You can plan your hillwalks on the trail of food & drink, film & TV, or even quirky place names. Choosing just one? We recommend the ‘Great British Adventures’ map for 2500 mapped-out suggestions on walks, camps, star-gazing locations and road trips – and that’s just for starters! Available in a folded map, flat/framed or a five-map box set. tinyurl.com/themedmaps WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS? We asked Trail’s Facebook followers what their dream pressie would be... Trail’s stocking fillers Super-soft and moisture wicking Saax boxers. Ball-park included! Support…

4 min.
“when the only thing to do is to put one foot in front of the other”

KASE LEWIS 3-PEAK CHALLENGE BAREFOOT WALKER I have always felt like a bit of an outsider. In school I was desperately trying to fit into the boxes and labels that were floating around but never really knowing my place. It created a lot of anxiety, feeling apart from others and even disconnected from myself. This continued until in my mid 30s, when everything broke down. Depression and anxiety were rife within me, and I found myself in some very dark places. My health, work and relationships all suffered. I’d stopped any sort of hobbies and my social life was non-existent. Hitting rock bottom, I saw my GP who put me on medication and enrolled me into group therapy. The GP told me the medication wouldn’t make me happy but rather numb the feelings.…

3 min.
“i’m often on the peak district tops, promoting the life-saving benefits of green time”

I’ve always had a taste for all things ‘adventure’, so on the outside people see me as a fun, sociable and active guy with an obsession for the outdoors. But after years of personal struggles and divorce, my mental and physical condition started to deteriorate. I was admitted to hospital several times with exhaustion and stress. After coming home from a normal day’s work, I had reached my limit. With my judgement clouded by negativity and exhaustion, I attempted to end my life. Thankfully I survived to tell the tale and my recovery has been astounding. So astounding in fact that, aided by my love for trail running and pretty much anything involving mud, hills, rivers, and vast countryside, I am often found running round the tops of the Peak District…