Don’t look down! These were the only words of advice I could give our vertigo-suffering cover model as she straddled the narrow rocky ridge to the summit of Blencathra. With my legs turning to jelly at the near 2,000ft drops either side of us, I already knew my head for heights wasn’t great. But I wasn’t expecting the model and the assistant to get the wobbles, too, leaving the photographer to gamely direct us with our eyes half shut. But what spectacular views if you can stomach them!
Scrambling is walking at its most extreme so I took a two-day scrambling course with Aviemore’s Glenmore Lodge to master the hands-on technique, as well as my nerves. Also in this issue, we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with a moving tour of Flanders’ battlefields, and interview singer/songwriter, Bella Hardy about her love of walking. Plus there’s the latest news, reviews and top-notch routecards, rounded off with an exclusive interview with the legendary presenter and conservationist, Sir David Attenborough.
Happy reading, walking and scrambling!