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I buy this magazine probably every other month. It is a monthly magazine which if full of hill walkng advice and routes. I subscribe to it's sister magazine Country walking. The difference between the two mags is that Trail is more about scrambling up mountains and tougher walks where as Country walking is about lower level walking or non scrambling hill walks!
I find the information in this mag very good and there are always good gear reviews as well as route reviews.
I find that it inspires me to areas in the country that I would never think about visiting for walking.
It gives some good routes each month with OS maps and route descriptions on all.
It sometimes gives free gifts with the mag but this is not that often. It does tend to offer a second magazine free with it but these are usually advertising magazines rather than anything of real worth. Not really a magazne for the the free gifts but it doesn't really need it as the mag is good enough in itself.
If you sign up to subscribe t it then you do get a free gift and some of these ar every good. If you are going to subscribe then wait until you find a free gift which is relevent to you as there are lots that they offer.
Subscribing does not save you any money as it is the same price as puying per omnth but the free gift makes it better. At £4 a copy it can be expensive as many walking books can be picked up at this price, this has the advantage of being completely upto date month per month.
If you are into gentle hiking and fancy something more challenging then this mag will inspire you fully. It is a great mag with spendid content and greta articles and pictures.
Well worth the price.
Trail is a monthly magazine aimed at adventerous walkers. The last issue which I purchased was £3.99 which is slightly more than many magazines on the market but this one is definately worth it.
Most issues usually include a freebie of some sort, this month it was a second magazine, or gear guide.
Edited by a chap called Matt Swaine the mag is made up of a winning formula which makes me buy it time after time.
As previously stated the target audience is those with an interest in the outdoors, most articles are regarding hill walking but there is often something of interest to climbers aswell.
There are five main sections to the magazine, "base camp" and "gear" give you the tools to get yourself ready, "advice" has been a god send to me, this month has includes articles called beat the rain and make hills easier! Finally "adventure" and "routes" inspire you and then get you there respectively.
The mag is a source of inspiration to me, they seem to hit the nail on the head each month to give me new ideas of where to go and what to do there!
Trail magazine is aimed mainly at walkers. But there is also plenty in there for climbers etc...
This magazine comes out once a month. Has plenty of regular features such as gear guides, letters from readers, missions, and various other articles. Have been reading Trail for about 3 years now, is fantastic as it inspires you to take to the hills and have a go.
There are always practical tips on the do's and don'ts of walking. There are specialists who instuct you on what gear you need for what walk, there are always some cracking pictures that really make you want to go exploriing.
Each month there are about 15 routes at the back of the magazine, ranging from short coastal paths to full blown expeditions it the Scottish Highlands. These routes are excellent for giving you a few ideas, and wherever you live in the UK you will find there is something nearby worth exploring.
There are always a few humuorous articles in there. These aren't old men who go rabbling! These are young adventures who love life and are determined to eek every bit of enjoyment out of it possible.
So if you fancy taking up a new hobby, or maybe loosing some weight and getting fit, buy yourself a copy of trail and get into the hills!
Trail Magazine is aimed hikers and country walkers of all levels, more recently it has been leaning towards scrambling and wild camping.
I used to read Trail every month, and bought many of the highly rated products only to find that they were either massively over specified or nowhere near as good as described. In particular the gear review sections are skewed heavily in favour of certain manufacturers, i.e. the big ones, the smaller more specialist manufacturers rarely get a look in. In terms of clothing basically if it's not gore-tex it's useless, as an example I've never seen a review of Buffalo or Mardale gear, although Paramo is starting to get mentioned more.
As anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in heavy rain will know, gore-tex is simply not waterproof except in a lab. There is now a large move towards alternative technologies such as Paramo and pile & pertex which are hardly mentioned, although recently I did notice a slightly negative comment about gore-tex.
I suspect this unfair and misleading reviewing is down to editorial policy driven by a need to generate advertising revenue. In Trails defence non review articles, those that are of walks/trips etc are particularly well written, although they now seem to feature a piece of clothing or equipment that is central to the journey.
In summary take all the gear reviews with massive shovel of salt, double check them on the internet. The reason I still read (but don't buy, someone at work generally has a copy) is for the articles and of course the routes. These are still excellent if not better than they used to be although as mentioned above drifting dangerously towards becoming advertising features.
Trail is a superb magazine for all outdoor enthusiasts. Having read it for the past 8 years I can safel say that if you enjoy walking, cycling, scrambling or climbing then there will be something in each issue of Trail for you.
Each issue is packed full of features, some of which are described below:
Routes - 15 different routes are included every month. The majority of these are walking routes however there are always at least one or two routes for mountain bikers and scramblers. some also feature some climbing. Routes usually take a page or a double-page spread each with useful OS references and a map. This is where Trail differs from other magazines - the map and route description is written by people who have knowledge of the area and can point out altenative routes or nice places to stop for a bite to eat or even a photo! Routes cover a range of distances and difficulties throughout the magazine so there is something for everyone.
Gear - Reviews are often present in the magazines, although not every month I believe. They usually take a catagory such as winter boots and compare a selection of products in the catagory across a range of prices. Having bought a waterproof recommended as a best budget buy I haven't been disappointed, it certainly lives up to its review.
Features - A selection of features each month focus on new gear, legalities concerned with rights of way and walking in the UK, new routes, and also some articles of walking abroad. However the majority of the magazine focuses on the UK.
There are also lots of adverts for gear suppliers and quite often competitions. In addition a letters page enables readers to submit their views.
I have read other magazines but in terms of quality and value for money Trail is top dog. It costs around £3.95 I think, although I always get a cheap subscription deal!
I've read Trail now for several years and the back-issues are beginning to take up a fair bit of space under my bed. I don't want to bin them because they have so much useful info. This magazine is from the same EMAP stable as the likes of practical photography (also taking up a lot of space!) so if you read the latter you know what to expect. It has an excellent range of walks each month and has regular in-depth guides to particular areas / mountains. Trail, unlike other rivals, is focussed on the UK and on hillwalking, although it had a guide recently to the Austrian Tyrol which made me wish I'd kept up my German. If you're looking more for a walk in the park try Country Walking (also EMAP). It also has gear reviews each month. These are incredibly useful if you are just starting out or buying new kit. The magazine also has an excellent sense of humour and doesn't take itself seriously, making it a nice light read.
I first bought Trail about 3 years ago, and since then I have been hooked, and have subscribed to it since. Having also since bought other outdoor magazines, I can sincerely recommend it, whatever outdoor sport you are interested in. The thing which I like most is the 15 routes that are given each month. Unlike other outdoor magazines, these routes are given in much detail, so that you get the impression that the journalist has actually walked the route rather than just traced it out on an OS map. In addition, useful information such as timing, local accommodation, local pubs, public transport and guidebooks on the area, as well as stalking restrictions where applicable, are given, and they include up to date telephone numbers. A gradient profile is also provided, which is invaluable in getting an idea of the type of walk straight away. These routes are also well balanced throughout the country, including some areas not traditionally associated with walking, such as London, so that wherever you live, you can still get out in the fresh air. There is always a weekend-long route provided, a cycle route, and a route which involves scrambling or climbing, and these are accurately graded according to difficulty. There is also a mountain guide to popular mountains, giving all the possible routes up the mountain with escape routes, distance, time allocations and popularity given. The product comparisons, specialised on one area, for example boots, every month, are excellent. Being a former sales assistant at Blacks, I know the advantages and disadvantages of products well, and I must say that those given in Trail are detailed and provide all the information that one might want to know. In addition, there are feature articles every month on an area of the world, and a comical article written by a hillwalker which is very amusing. There is also much reader involvement, and current articles as well as recommendations
for outdoor websites and books, and a useful advertisements section in the back. I am struggling to think of disadvantages,in order to make my opinion more balanced, but am failing miserably. Perhaps that it is only available once a month, or that it is too short. Actually, it is quite expensive for its size, roughly 140 pages: £2.60. However the quality is worth this, and if you get a subscription you get discounts, and often free gifts as well (in the copy I have beside me they are offering free gaiters when you subscribe). To conclude, Trail is a magazine which targets a younger generation of walkers, is of superb quality and is a great read! Buy it!
Ace! What a read! Ok, I'll be a bit more detailed then. It always has a great front cover - but then so do most of the outdoors magazines. It's the variety and depth of the material inside that make the mag such a great buy. With at least 8-12 walks/climbs featured each week, ranging from easy country walks to challenging and technical routes throughout the British Isles, there's always plenty of inspiration for all you outdoorsy types. Every week there's also a different product range tried and tested, such as Rucksacks, or Waterproof Jackets etc, with recommendations and best buys for top items. Between these sections you can always frind other sections filled with nutrition advice, tips on technical and practical approaches to walking/climbing etc, and right at the front there's the current outdoors news, with all the info on where you can't go and what's going down in the bits of the world where most people don't bother going! Oh, I almost forgot! - the feature article of each edition is usually a breathtaking trip through a lofty mountain range, or a linked series of walks in a National Park - always something to make you wish you didn't have to go to work the next day! Right - summary - Buy it, it's informative, inspiring, funny in places and great value.