How to get into hillwalking

The beauty of hillwalking is its simplicity. Although you’ll encounter challenging and rocky terrain it rarely requires any more technical gear than a rucksack, a map and compass, a good pair of boots and warm, waterproof clothing. These hillwalking FAQs will help you get started…

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Trail magazine

Trail is the UK’s best-selling hillwalking magazine, and every issue is packed with inspiration for your next mountain adventure. Trail will drag you off the sofa into a world of mountain hikes, ridge scrambles, wild camps and long-distance trails – with advice on the best outdoor gear and routes for every ability.

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Classic hillwalking routes

Whether you like walking the Lake District Fells, the mountains of Scotland, the tors of Dartmoor or the rolling green hills of the Yorkshire Dales, Trail magazine’s routes will take you there. Every month we team up with the Ordnance Survey to publish 12 mapped routes that provide all the inspiration you need for your next outdoor adventure.

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Everest Anywhere

Everest is 8848 metres tall. That’s 29,029ft – the cruising altitude of a 747, the bottom of the stratosphere... and several vertical miles higher than anything in Britain. A pretty epic challenge! But actually, if you add up all the ascent with every hill you climb, you could find that you’re on the way to reaching the height of the world’s highest mountain.

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The Trail 100

Not got time for the Munros? Too many boring Wainwrights? Want to fill your hillwalking with the best mountains in the UK, as chosen by the experts at Trail Magazine? Here’s 100 UK peaks that we think you just have to climb at least once in your life.

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Trek for Mind

Raising money for charity is a great motivation - and Mountains for the Mind charity partner Mind organises great hiking events around the UK, from night walks to Three Peaks Challenges, which you can be a part of. See the full list of Mind treks for 2019.

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Ellis Brigham events

Nothing inspires more than seeing someone out there, doing it, right in the same room. Arts centres, theatres, festivals and Trail’s own retail partner Ellis Brigham host many events from speakers as diverse as instructors to polar explorers – your chance to get up close to some of the outdoors world’s most inspiring people.

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Walk 1000 Miles

Did you know it takes less than an hour a day's walking to hit 1000 miles in 12 months? Try the fun, free & flexible challenge 99.9% of participants recommend to a friend: it’s just 2.74 miles a day. You don't need to change your life; you do need to stick at it; you WILL feel an amazing difference....

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Run 1000 Miles

It’s just 20 miles a week- that's all it takes to succeed and run 1000 miles in a year. Whether you’ve only just bought your first pair or running trainers or you’ve burnt through your 44th, it’s a challenge for everyone.

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