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Meadows near Muker

Be Prepared

Walking, which is arguably the most enjoyable of pastimes and undoubtedly one of the healthiest, can be tailored to meet the requirements of almost anyone.

Your preference might be for a gentle stroll of three to four miles along a quiet riverside or woodland path, or perhaps a strenuous hill walk of ten miles or more. Whichever you choose, provided you are properly equipped, your walk will not only be safer but also more enjoyable. This does not mean taking everything including the kitchen sink. If you are a keen photographer a camera with spare films or memory card is essential, binoculars are mandatory for a birdwatcher and the artist would need his sketchbook and pencil. But remember, everything you take will be extra weight that has to be carried.

Choosing the right rucksack is important. Visit an outdoor shop and try all the various styles, ask for help and advice to make your choice. Your rucksack needs to be comfortable and large enough for all your items, with room for the odd extra item when required.

What to wear and carry will obviously depend on the season, the weather and good sense, but the items in the lists opposite are recommended. Think carefully about what to take. Some extra items may be needed on a hill walk which could be left behind when walking through the lower meadows. However, due to our unpredictable climate, a spare wool sweater and waterproofs should always be included, you know it makes sense!

  • Camera and spare films or memory card, binoculars
  • GPS Tracker
  • Swiss army knife
  • Flask with tea, coffee, soup or other hot beverage
  • Soft drinks
  • Waterproof over-trousers, gaiters
  • Sunglasses, sun lotion
  • Poop scoop and bags (essential in villages and public areas)
  • Five to ten metres of thin cord (Useful for temporary laces etc.)
  • A small rucksack about thirty litres capacity to carry the following:
  • Waterproof anorak or cagoule
  • Wool sweater or fibre pile jacket, Gloves or mittens, scarf
  • First aid kit, compass, whistle
  • Torch, pencil and notepad
  • Ordnance Survey map of area
  • Emergency rations, survival bag
  • Water bottle with water
  • Food and snacks
  • Strong walking boots or stout shoes with a good tread depth
  • Thick woollen socks
  • Cotton shirt or T-Shirt
  • Walking breeches, trousers or shorts
  • Woollen hat, Balaclava or sun hat
  • High visibility vest (to wear in poor light and during the shooting season on grouse moors
  • Jeans are inadvisable as they lose all heat retention when wet

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