Trail (UK) - - Base Camp -

Let’s be hon­est for a mo­ment, shall we? Yes, win­ter in the hills is amaz­ing. The rasp­ing, re­vi­tal­is­ing bite of the wind on your skin. The pris­tine, clear air. The gor­geous, low sun. But as the day be­gins to wane, the sky deep­ens and the tem­per­a­ture starts to fall, what you’re re­ally think­ing about is the pub. Lovely, fire­lit win­dows... hot, tasty food and rich, fruity win­ter ales lined up along the bar like colour­ful, ro­bust sol­diers.

And then into crisply-sheeted, snug­gly-du­veted, sink-into-’em beds – bliss­fully bereft of mo­bile re­cep­tion – from which to lis­ten to the icy wind howl out­side, a long lie-in while the world bright­ens the next morn­ing and then a huge and hearty break­fast to tuck into. Shall we stay an­other night? Oh, go on then...

What’s more, win­ter brings low prices, great deals and tempt­ing avail­abil­ity. So there lit­er­ally is no down­side. Apart from the hang­overs, that is!

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