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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

July 2021
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TGO Magazine is your essential guide to hillwalking and backpacking in the UK and overseas. Get out more! We provide all the inspiration you need to plan your next trip, plus expert reviews and tips. The Great Outdoors is for anyone who loves walking in the hills, mountains and wild places. With information on the latest gear, in-depth features and stunning photography, The Great Outdoors will help you access the high peaks and long trails of Britain and beyond. Our enhanced digital addition includes even more great photos and interactive content.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a sidestep from ordinary life

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I wild camped next to a high tarn on a wide moorland plateau in the Yorkshire Dales, having hastily cobbled together the contents of a backpack to take advantage of a window of good weather. We arrived at our campsite in the golden light of the evening, with golden plovers speeding through the sky in tight formations around us. On the way, we’d seen two short-eared owls hunting through the peat groughs, heard the bubbling sounds of a curlew, and seen a ‘drumming’ snipe whirling around high above us in its strange mating display, the wind in its wings making a noise like a UFO taking off. Even before pitching camp, there was a sense that we had entered another world, a lonely tableland populated by enigmatic wildlife,…

3 min.
contributors & contacts

James Forrest James is a former newspaper reporter turned outdoors and adventure travel writer. He is the author of Mountain Man: 446 Mountains. Six Months. One Record-Breaking Adventure, the TGO book of the year in 2019, and is best-known for completing a 3-year mission to climb 1,001 mountains across the UK and Ireland. He also completed a solo, self-supported round of all 214 Wainwrights in 14 days and 11 hours in 2020. Since the easing of lockdown in 2021, James has enjoyed fast-hiking the 299km Pembrokeshire Coast Path and 154km West Highland Way; see his feature about the latter on p36. James Roddie A professional photographer based in the Scottish Highlands, James is a regular contributor to The Great Outdoors. He has been making the most of the recent improvement in the weather…

1 min.
high street, lake district

“I was on an otherwise fairly cloudy weekend backpacking trip with a couple of friends, taking in a few fells in the eastern Lake District, when I saw these transient beams of sunlight streaming down into the valley below and lighting up the fellsides around Hartsop. This picture was taken near The Knott, at the northern end of the High Street ridge. “It was a beautiful moment, but not completely unique. On two separate occasions, in different years, I have chanced across very similar scenes from this kind of location, with rays of light falling in the same place. If you looked at the photos you might think they were all taken at the same time! “I wonder if there is something about the way the weather interacts with the topography in…

1 min.
in the frame

JULY in the hills Heading Home, Bass Rock Lesley Woodbrooks Size: 76x51cm Medium: acrylic on canvas FOR SOME OF US, the welcoming rush and thrill of adventure from the outdoors are calling in a post-lockdown era; for others, it’s the peace and tranquillity of nature that has the strongest allure. Heading Home by Lesley Woodbrooks perfectly captures the essence of the latter. “I am continually inspired by the ever-changing colours of the Scottish sky – the same scene can transform minute by minute as we frequently experience all four seasons in one day!” Lesley notes her inspiration comes from dramatic landscapes and observes that although here she has captured a moment of calm, there’s still an essence of the unpredictable: “We don’t choose when the sun will set, how many layers of colour the sky will…

1 min.
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5 min.
britain’s best bite-sized adventures

WHETHER IT’S DOWN TO WORK, family commitments or finances, most of us have to impose time limits on our mountain adventures. That can be frustrating, particularly when you’re itching to chuck a tent on your back and tramp off into the sunset for a multi-month backpacking epic; but it doesn’t have to rule out some peak-themed fun. If you’ve got a long weekend, a couple of days or even just 24 hours free, try one of these top trips… 1. Take the train to Kinder The trans-Pennine Hope Valley railway line linking Sheffield with Manchester is one of England’s most scenic train routes. Stopping at classic Peak District walkers’ destinations such as Bamford, Hathersage and Hope itself, it’s also the hopping-off point for a multitude of contour-packed adventures. Disembark at one of…