What to Wear for Walks

Wear the right gear to make walking enjoyable and safe.

Strenuous/Moderate Walks:

  • Always bring a waterproof jacket
  • Wear walking boots or shoes suitable for use on rough ground
  • Bring plenty of food and liquids
  • It is safer not to go walking alone
  • Leave details of your plans with somebody and don’t forget to contact that person later to say that you have returned safely.
  • Additional items you might need for walking in the hills:
    • Map and compass, with the ability to use them
    • Warm clothing, plus a hat and gloves are essential all year round
    • A sun hat to protect you from strong sun
    • Waterproof overtrousers, a torch, whistle, personal first aid kit, survival bag and high energy food are also important.

NB. While a mobile phone may be useful in an emergency, it should not be relied on as a safety aid. Coverage is often poor in the hills and countryside.

Easy Walks:

  • Always bring a waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trainers
  • Bring plenty of food and liquids
  • Additional items you might need for walking in the hills:
    • Warm clothing, plus a hat and gloves are essential all year round, or
    • A sun hat to protect you from strong sun
    • Waterproof over trousers

NB. Jeans are not usually good walking gear. They are heavy, become even heavier when wet, and become uncomfortable. For easy walks sports trouser or light walking trousers are best. Have a good time!