Walk the Wild with the John Muir Trust


The Great Outdoors magazine has teamed up with wild land charity the John Muir Trust to look at how the land they own, lease and manage is protected and enhanced for the benefit of people and wildlife.

The Trust owns and manages 24,438 hectares of some of the finest wild land in the UK. They own land to protect it, repair damage and to rewild it and then to keep it wild for future generations.

What the John Muir Trust does

  • Inspires people and encourages them to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places and wild nature and to get involved in managing and repairing natural systems
  • Protects wild places across the United Kingdom, seeking to reduce the twin threats of inappropriate development and damaging land management practices
  • Repairs and rewilds suitable areas of land by working collaboratively with others to achieve landscape-scale restoration of natural processes including the expansion of native woodlands, and path maintenance on some of the UK’s most-loved mountains and coastal walks

Explore the John Muir Trust’s wild areas

1. Glenridding Common

How expert conservationists are looking after Helvellyn and its surroundings.

2. Sandwood Bay

Sandwood covers 4,703 hectares of wild and crofted land just a few miles from Cape Wrath on the north-west tip of Scotland.

3. Schiehallion

East Schiehallion covers an area of 871 hectares. This includes the eastern part of Schiehallion and the quieter and wilder Gleann Mòr to the south.

4. Ben Nevis / Steall Gorge

Ben Nevis comprises 1,761 hectares within the Ben Nevis and Glencoe National Scenic Area.

5. Skye – Sligachan path

The JMT’s Skye property covers 12,000 hectares of dramatic mountains, rugged coastline, beautiful woodland and important peatland.

6. Quinag

Quinag covers 3,699 hectares of the Assynt–Coigach National Scenic Area in Sutherland.

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