The Great Outdoors3 min lettiNature
1 Ciste Dhubh North-west Highlands SCOTLAND
Parking by the Cluanie Inn on the A87 GR: NH074116 1 Leave A87 road at Cluanie Inn and head NW up the pass, An Caorann Beag, alongside the Allt a’ Chaorainn Bhig (there are paths on either side) rising to the Bealach a’ Choinich 2 Follow path N over
The Great Outdoors7 min lettiNature
A Perfect Storm
THE FIELDS ARE SOGGY and damp, the footpath hard to find. But overhead the views along the Vale of Keswick are framed by Blencathra on the right and Clough Head on the left, both topped off with gleaming fresh snow. At the glen end, half-clouded Gras
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
Bad-weather Plans
• Plan big – but also, plan small. There are always hills above. So base your plan around the low-level route, taking care not to make it entirely low. • Incorporate one high but necessary pass between two different valleys. • Book accommodation as a
The Great Outdoors3 min lettiNature
4 Crag Hill Yorkshire Dales ENGLAND
Dent, car park at west edge of village GR: SD704870 1 In Dent, go uphill on lane Dragon Croft. It becomes a rough track up to R of Flinters Gill. 2 At track above, go R around hillside 400m then L up rutted track for 800m. At its end head up to R of
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
Need A Lockdown Project? Get Your Gear Organised!
LET'S MAKE A PREDICTION. You’re bored of lockdown version 3.0. Cabin fever is setting in and you’re longing for the freedom of the mountains. Local walks help a little – a temporary respite from the boredom – but what you really need is a project to
The Great Outdoors10 min letti
Snow And Smiles
What do you do in one of the world’s major skiing landscapes if you can’t ski? Carey Davies heads to Innsbruck and finds the answer in the form of snowshoeing… WE SET OFF ALONG A TRACK into a calm, snow-muffled Alpine forest. Huge creamy clots of sno
The Great Outdoors4 min letti
MARK DIGGINS: Avalanche Forecaster
Given the current lockdown, it’s unlikely that avalanche danger is looming large in many people’s minds at the moment – but at some point the hills will ‘reopen’, and knowing how to be safe in them in winter conditions won’t be any less important. Go
The Great Outdoors3 min letti
Tents To Stand Up To Winter – And Beyond
DRAWING ON 50 YEARS of tentmaking expertise, Hilleberg produces superbly robust, lightweight tents for all conditions, from Cairngorms whiteouts to idyllic summer days in the Lake District. But their reliability in cold, wet and turbulent conditions
The Great Outdoors3 min lettiNature
3 Stony Cove Pike & High Street Lake District ENGLAND
Car park at Brothers Water GR: NY402134 1 Head S down track past Brothers Water to Hartsop Hall. Track ESE through campsite, turning R through pub car park to A592. 2 Cross road and follow path S in fields by road for 200m. Follow path climbing ESE t
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
Suilven, Assynt “Despite living quite close to the hills of Assynt, I had rarely seen this spectacular landscape under snow. So when winter arrived abruptly in early December, I decided to spend the day on Suilven. “As I drove the icy road through El
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
In The Frame
Size: 50x70cm Medium: oil on canvas AS WE MUDDLE THROUGH the gloomy days of late winter, it’s easy to start feeling restless for the brightness of spring. But Eilidh Stewart demonstrates that even in the darkest of storms and scenes, there’s a certai
The Great Outdoors2 min letti
Outdoor Kit To-do List: The Top 10
If you’ve noticed your waterproofs aren’t shedding rain as effectively as they used to, they need to be re-proofed. Start by washing your garments with Nikwax Tech Wash (don’t use normal detergent) and then reapply their durable water repellency (DWR
The Great Outdoors2 min letti
2 Beinn Fhionnlaidh West Highlands SCOTLAND
Park at the car park at Elleric at the head of Glen Creran GR: NN035488 1 Follow the farm road to cross the River Creran by a bridge, and take to the hillside at Glenure farm, heading east. 2 From the top of Beinn Fhionnlaidh, reverse your route back
The Great Outdoors8 min letti
Mountains Of The Imagination
MY FASCINATION with the Karakoram Mountains began when I was 23 years old. In the travel section of my local library, I came across a book that was to change the course of my life. Written by the climber and photographer Galen Rowell, In the Throne R
The Great Outdoors3 min letti
5 Fan y Big Brecon Beacons WALES
Lane near Tregaer, Llanfrynach GR: SO071249 1 Park with care, making sure you do not block any gateways. Walk through gate up track towards Tir-hir. Cross stream in small wood and climb to end of track. 2 Turn R, following FP sign to cross stile by g
The Great Outdoors2 min lettiMedical
Outdoor Exercise: What Are The Risks?
AS MORE RESEARCH is done into how the virus spreads, what does the latest science say about the danger of passing on the virus in the outdoors? Throughout the pandemic, media attention and public debate has often focused on outdoor settings – local p
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
Essential Info
During summer, two airlines fly non-stop from the UK to Innsbruck: British Airways ( from London Heathrow and EasyJet ( from London Gatwick. From London, Innsbruck is about 12 hours away by train, via cities such as Par
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
1 North-west Highlands Ciste Dhubh 2 West Highlands Beinn Fhionnlaidh 3 Lake District Stony Cove Pike & High Street 4 Yorkshire Dales Crag Hill 5 Brecon Beacons Fan y Big
The Great Outdoors1 min lettiComputers
Discover And Enjoy The Great outdoors
The UK's longest established hillwalking magazine Subscribe to The Great Outdoors and pay just £15 for your first 6 issues! HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: VISIT OR CALL01959 543747 & quote offer code TGOP0221 Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am-5:3
The Great Outdoors14 min letti
Winter Sleeping Bags
FWINTER NIGHTS in Britain are not often extremely cold, at least compared to Alpine or Arctic climates. The coldest recorded in Britain is -27°C but temperatures dropping anywhere near that are rare. In fact, temperatures below -10°C aren’t that comm
The Great Outdoors1 min lettiChemistry
Hydration In Winter
You may not feel as thirsty in winter due to colder temperatures, but it’s still possible to get dehydrated. ■ Top up from running water where possible, but be careful approaching stream banks when snow cover is deep. Use a pole to check for hazards
The Great Outdoors9 min lettiNature
Winter Hazards
THE CHALLENGES and rewards of winter days in the mountains feed the soul. But there are some significant additional hazards posed on such outings compared to the summer. Snow and ice interact with weather, terrain and a team’s skills and experience –
The Great Outdoors2 min letti
An acclaimed landscape photographer with almost 40 years’ experience, Colin has always felt a deep connection to the natural world; and his work has taken him around the globe, from the mountains of his native Scotland to Argentina, Sri Lanka and the
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
Further Information
MAP: OS Explorer 1:25,000 sheet 13 (Lleyn Peninsula East) FURTHER READING: Patrick Monkhouse’s On Foot in North Wales (Maclehose, 1934) has a good general chapter on Lleyn in the 1930s. FACILITIES: At Porthdinllaen (4 miles north) there’s a good pub
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
Order Our Next Issue Now And Get Free Delivery*
The Great Outdoors1 min letti
Alex's Route: Essential Information
START/FINISH Aviemore NH895126 or Glenmore Lodge NH976098 to Cairngorm Ski Centre NH990060 Distance: 47km / 29 miles Ascent: 2006m / 6581ft Maps: Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 sheet 36 (Grantown & Aviemore), Harvey British Mountain Map (1:40,00
The Great Outdoors3 min letti
Three Winter Walks On Dartmoor
On the whole it’s the higher ground on Dartmoor that provides the fun when the snow does decide to fall. These three routes are designed to get you there quickly from spots that hold a reasonable chance of remaining accessible. START/FINISH: Car park
The Great Outdoors4 min letti
Winter Hats
KEEPING WARM with a cosy hat is common sense, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. For example, I was today years old when I learnt that the folk wisdom of us losing ‘most’ of our body heat via our heads originates from a US Army survival manual and has since
The Great Outdoors8 min lettiNature
Freeze Frame
THERE WAS A SENSE, that week, of the world drawing in on itself. The headlines were full of apocalyptic warnings as the number of daily coronavirus cases in the UK crept up from one or two to ten or twelve. I don’t think anyone could predict just how
The Great Outdoors2 min letti
A Reason To Be Happy
OVER THE LAST YEAR, it’s become commonplace to talk about the scale-shifting effects of 2020: how lockdowns and restrictions, despite their hardships, have made us all more well-acquainted with our immediate localities, and given us a newfound apprec
...o scopri qualcosa di nuovo