New on Sidetracked:

Trash Free Trails

Produced in partnership with komoot and Trash Free Trails

Our trails provide us with endless inspiration, escapism, and adventure. But we only have to look amongst the rich undergrowth to see it is littered with crisp packets, sweet wrappers, and drink bottles. This single-use pollution is destroying ecosystems in our woodlands, which is why we have partnered with komoot and Trash Free Trails to empower individuals to protect our trails and the wild places they take us.

Up to 23 times more plastic escapes into terrestrial ecosystems than our oceans, yet the State of Our Trails report written by Trash Free Trails is the first of its kind. We want to help to reduce single-use pollution on our trails and encourage people to reconnect with nature.

Together with the route planning app, komoot, grassroots community organisation, Trash Free Trails, and like-minded friends, we define what it means to have a purposeful adventure, from wild camping to running, cycling and swimming, to inspire community-led stewardship of our trails.

In a series of short guides, we aim to understand the causes and impacts of single-use pollution, to protect our trails and leave them in a better state than before. Join us as we guide you on an overnight bikepacking adventure in the Lomond Hills, a wild camping trip around South Uist by packraft and fatbike, a run across a myriad of criss cross trails near Leeds and a series of beach cleans and cold water swims on the South Coast of the UK.

Feature Photo: Huw Oliver

Read our interview with Dom Ferris, founder of Trash Free Trails here.

You can find all our purposeful adventure routes on komoot here. Together we can make an enormous impact, one trail clean at a time. //

komoot routes
Annie Le: South Uist
Sal Montgomery: Ocean 8 Challenge Collection
Tom Hill: Keeping it Local
Markus Stitz: Bikepacking Adventure