CATEGORIES

More Ways than one

Roger Smith calls for more clarity around the increasing proliferation of named trails

3 mins read
The Great Outdoors
February 2020

THE LONG PATHWAY

Kat Young and Liv Bolton both walked New Zealand’s South Island from north to south via the country-spanning Te Araroa Trail. Here they each describe a section of this spectacular and life-changing route

8 mins read
The Great Outdoors
February 2020

THE CRUX

Last summer, self-confessed ‘average adventurer’ James Forrest completed all 282 of Scotland’s Munros in an intensive six-month push. Here he describes the most knee-trembling part of the journey – Skye’s famous Inaccessible Pinnacle

8 mins read
The Great Outdoors
February 2020

A HAPPY RETURN

For more than 30 years, Chris Townsend dreamed about doing a long walk through the high reaches of the Colorado Was it everything he hoped for?

6 mins read
The Great Outdoors
February 2020

Practice Makes Perfect

Preparation is key if you want to enjoy, and not simply endure, the TGO Challenge. Organisers Ali Ogden and Sue Oxley look at how to be ready for the demands of a long-distance walk

3 mins read
The Great Outdoors
February 2020

Happy When It Rains

With an unpredictable winter approaching, here are TGO’s tips for enduring – even enjoying? – our ever-changing climate...

6 mins read
The Great Outdoors
December 2019

Mind Boggling

Rising rivers, quaking bogs, ferocious winds, possible thunderstorms and annoying theme tunes – will Paul Beasley be able to take all this in his stride and successfully cross Dartmoor?

10+ mins read
The Great Outdoors
December 2019

Errigal

Donegal’s highest mountain is a sight to behold – unless, as Jim Perrin discovered, the weather has other ideas…

3 mins read
The Great Outdoors
December 2019

Commuting: Lochaber Style

For Many Of Us, The Daily Commute Can Be A Chore. But, For Neil Adams, Living And Working In One Of Scotland’s Finest Mountain Landscapes Gave Him The Opportunity To Turn It Into An Adventure...

9 mins read
The Great Outdoors
December 2019

The Depths Of Time

James Roddie goes under the surface of Assynt to discover a whole new dimension to an extraordinary, ancient landscape.

4 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2019

Southern Exposure

At the windswept extreme of South America, the iconic Torres del Paine are the centrepiece of Chilean Patagonia. But after 60 years of tourist attention, does the famous W Trek still do the region justice? Phoebe Smith went to find out.

7 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2019

Back To Basics

The Welsh island of Bardsey has no cars, electricity grid or indoor toilets, and virtually no phone signal. Helen Iles spent five days there, and discovered that remoteness and community spirit sometimes go hand in hand.

8 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2019

Mountain Marvels

From astonishing rock formations and ancient forests to beautiful glacial lakes and rare flora, Britain’s mountain landscapes are full of natural wonders. Here we count down our pick of the bunch...

6 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2019

A World Apart

Carey Davies backpacks around the rim of Kinder Scout and revels in wild glory just 20 miles from central Manchester.

10 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2019

Rohan Bags

Rohan Bags

2 mins read
The Great Outdoors
February 2018

Extreme Sleeps

Phoebe Smith set herself the challenge to sleep at all of the extreme points of mainland Britain, by herself, on consecutive nights. Here she recalls what it was like to spend a night alone on Ben Nevis in the depths of winter.

6 mins read
The Great Outdoors
February 2018

A Winter On Helvellyn

A Winter On Helvellyn

2 mins read
The Great Outdoors
January 2018

Alphabet Soup

Roger Smith looks at recent confusion in Scotland over designated areas

4 mins read
The Great Outdoors
January 2018

Mountain Documentary By Jen Peedom

Mountain Documentary By Jen Peedom

1 min read
The Great Outdoors
January 2018

Borderland

Mark Waring takes an autumnal roam around theglorious central Scandinavian wilderness at theborder of Norway and Sweden

9 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2017

The Patterned Land

Roger Smith looks at the problems facing farmers in the UK

3 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2017

Hunting For Snow

There are places in Scotland's mountains where patches of snow rarely melt from one year to the next. As the final traces of last season looked close to vanishing, Ed Byrne joined snow expert Iain Cameron for a trip to Braeriach... just in the nick of time.

6 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2017

Above The Clouds

THERE ARE FEW mountain experiences more extraordinary than being above the clouds. If you’ve stood on an island summit with clouds lapping below like waves on a rocky shore, chances are high you’ll long to stand above them again.

3 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2017

Notching Up The Nuttalls

James Forrest recently completed the Nuttalls in record-breaking time. He managed to juggle the challenge around his day job, ticking off an astonishing 446 peaks across England and Wales in just six months. So how does it feel to be finished?

2 mins read
The Great Outdoors
November 2017

Wainwright in Colour

Over the past decade, artist Andy Beck has been working on a major project to paint watercolour sketches of every view drawn by Alfred Wainwright in his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

5 mins read
The Great Outdoors
April 2017

The Angels' Share

Though relatively close to Glasgow and easily accessed by car, the Munros of Glen Etive nevertheless feel wild and remote. David Lintern drinks his fill on a long weekend's circuit of the Ben Starav Five.

8 mins read
The Great Outdoors
March 2017