BRITAIN'S biggest-selling hillwalking magazine apologised after the latest issue contained a route that would have led people off the edge of a cliff.

The February edition of Trail gave advice to walkers caught in foul weather and poor visibility on how to get off Britain's tallest peak safely.

If readers had followed the magazine's directions they would have plunged from Ben Nevis's north face, which has claimed a number of lives.

The editor of Peterborough-based Trail, Guy Procter, said he was "gutted" by the error.

The mistake had occurred during the production process.