Cape Wrath Trail

The Cape Wrath Trail is among the UK’s toughest but also most rewarding long-distance routes – where better to find solitude and a break from the noise of switched-on modern living?

You’ll find a feature on Alex Roddie’s journey along the trail in the May 2019 issue of our magazine, and in this section of our website we’ve published additional content. Look out for a guide to tackling the trail outside the usual three seasons, a photo gallery, gear reviews, and more.

This content has been published in partnership with our friends at SPOT.

Features

FEATURE: The End of Winter

The Cape Wrath Trail is among the UK’s toughest but also most rewarding long-distance routes – where better to find solitude and a break from the noise of switched-on modern living?

The draw of the Cape Wrath Trail: in conversation with backpackers taking on Britain's premier long-distance route

Sunshine, bogs, river crossings and blizzards: we take a deep dive into the wonders and hardships of the Cape Wrath Trail, Britain’s toughest long-distance hike.

The Great Outdoors Guide to planning a winter Cape Wrath trail (part one)

The harder, wilder season in the Highlands is a great time to take on the UK’s toughest trail – if you’re prepared and have the necessary skills. Here’s how to plan a winter CWT.

The Great Outdoors Guide to planning a winter Cape Wrath trail (part two)

Part two of our planning guide covers skills, equipment, logistical challenges, common route variants, and further reading.

Photo gallery: the end of winter

In February 2019, TGO’s Alex Roddie hiked the Cape Wrath Trail – and although he sought winter conditions, the trail had other plans. These images document his journey.

SPONSORED: SPOT X – an essential lifeline when you venture into the wild

You don’t have to be climbing a remote Munro to find you have no phone signal; there are still many parts of the UK that have no reliable mobile coverage. When mobile connectivity is unreliable or non-existent, satellite communication comes into its own.

9 top tips for hiking the Cape Wrath Trail

No.9 is the most important…

Gear and food reviews

Exped Synmat UL Winter M

An extremely comfortable winter sleeping mat.

Exped Thunder 70

A big pack that still manages to keep the weight down.

OMM Rotor Vest

An ultralight synthetic vest, ideal for layering in winter.

Long-term review: Bridgedale Stormsocks

Alex Roddie puts Bridgedale’s new Stormsocks through challenging conditions in the Scottish Highlands – so how did they perform after several hundred miles?

Backpacking food review

Snacks and dehydrated meals of the Cape Wrath Trail.

Header image © James Roddie