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November 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.

United Kingdom
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
70 years of the peak district

We probably don’t shout as loudly about the Peak District as we should in Trail, mostly because our boots and camera lenses are inevitably drawn towards taller and sharper things to the north. But this month it’s going front and centre, with all 12 of the mapped walks in our routes section dedicated to Britain’s original and oldest national park, which turned a whopping 70 years old this year. Because what The Peaks may lack in terms of big mountain landscapes, it more than makes up for with 555 square miles of classic hillwalking country. Dark gritstone edges, deep limestone dales, sinister moors, rolling green hills, over 70 villages, countless pubs and inns, Britain’s only mountain hares outside Scotland, and more than 1600 miles of public rights of way are…

1 min
meet the judges

TOM BAILEY Trail’s long-serving photographer has probably captured every mountain in Britain, and specialises in documenting people’s experiences in the outdoors. LOUISE PARKER After more than 20 years as Trail’s design supremo, Lou knows everything there is to know about what makes a cracking mountain image with instant impact. CHRIS UPTON Chris’ passion for photography started with a love of the British mountains. He is now an award-winning landscape and travel photographer, and a Fujifilm ambassador. NADIR KHAN An acclaimed adventure sports photographer and filmmaker who specialises in mountains, Nadir is inspired by “great light, dramatic clouds, landscape, and cool action”. NIMSDAI PURJA Nims made history by leading the first ever team up K2 in winter last year, and climbed all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks in 6 months. He knows more than most…

5 min
choose your winner

ALEX TROWSKI Welcome to Glen Coe “The light this morning in Glen Coe really took me by surprise. As the sun came up over the horizon, the clearing rain clouds provided just enough moisture in the air for this amazing rainbow to form. It was the biggest/highest rainbow I’ve ever seen, having to look up in the sky above to see the top of it. I was originally at the other side of this small body of water and had to run like crazy to get to this spot. Seconds after I fired off a few shots, it was all over.” LAURA MCQUADE The Cuillin “We broke through the sea of cloud and headed for the summit of Sgurr Dearg to find we were the first climbers attempting the notorious Inn Pinn that morning. After…

2 min
trail picks

Post a summit selfie Mountains for the Mind partner Bridgedale has 12 pairs of HIKE Lightweight Merino Comfort Boot socks, worth £18.50 each, to give away. All you need to do is post your selfie on a hill walk in the Mountains for the Mind Facebook group using the hashtag #selfieforsocks by 27 October for your chance to win a pair. For full terms and conditions, go to mountainsforthemind.co.uk/selfieforsocks HIGH FASHION While we’ve been out in the hills, it seems that mountain kit has been making inroads into everyday fashion too. The latest outdoor brand to add to the long list of trend-worthy shops in London’s Covent Garden is premium outdoor brand Arc’Teryx, showcasing its most popular ‘Arc’Type’ designs that are just as at home on a mountain summit as they are on…

3 min
“nature doesn’t judge, discriminate or have any expectations”

The outdoors has been a constant throughout my life. But it’s only over the last few years, through my mental health struggles, I have realised how important it is to be outside. To be immersed in nature and feel connected to it. I was lucky enough to grow up, quite literally, on the edge of Grizedale Forest in the Lake District. I think this is what sparked my love of the outdoors; being surrounded by nature with the mountains on my doorstep. From the age of 7, I was competing in swimming galas. Aged 10, every weekend was spent trawling round the weirdest, wildest, forgotten, back-end-of-nowhere pockets of Cumbria and Yorkshire, taking part in fell races. This is where the competitive part of my personality took firm roots, along with my self-worth…

4 min
the wren: a small but mighty mountain bird

Mountains are special right? As everything about them is mega, bigger than normal. But there is one little critter, that flies (quite literally) in the face of this theory. Surprisingly common in the mountains is the tiny garden bird, the wren. Let me set the scene. I was walking up by the side of Pier’s Gill near Scafell one day, and was amazed and delighted to hear the triumphantly short but powerful song of a wren from down in the depths of that bottomless chasm. The walls of the gill acted as a giant megaphone, amplifying the wren’s song to a mountainous scale. It told me “I may be tiny, but I’m here”. From that day on, I started to notice wrens wherever I went. You’ve probably got wrens in your garden…