Cold won­ders

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Win­ter’s nearly here. And while some might shud­der at the thought of shorter days and colder weather, we reckon there’s plenty to look for­ward to…

Real fires

You ar­rive at the pub after a wet, windy day to be met by the wel­com­ing warmth and light of a log fire. Grab a pint, sit down, warm up and en­joy.

Hot flasks

Dig out your Ther­mos! A hot drink on a cold moun­tain­side is one of hill­walk­ing’s great plea­sures.

Down jack­ets

Very few items of out­door-wear shout that the wearer is a per­son of the moun­tains so much as a down jacket. In sum­mer you’ll look like a sweaty fool. In win­ter, you’ll look the busi­ness.

Silent hills

Snow dead­ens sound in the hills for a qui­eter, more muted at­mos­phere. And there’ll be fewer folk about too, which all adds to a more peace­ful am­bi­ence.

Starry nights

Win­ter nights are of­ten crisp and clear, giv­ing you the per­fect con­di­tions in which to en­joy the night sky, par­tic­u­larly in re­mote moun­tain lo­ca­tions away from light pol­lu­tion.

Sun­rise and sun­set

Dur­ing the win­ter, sun­rise and sun­set oc­cur at far more so­cia­ble times of day, and it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble to see both dur­ing a day in the hills (page 10).

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