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Hiking Top Tips

Mountains and treks can be challenging places but without careful planning they can be unforgiving so here's some top tips to keep you safe on your walk.

Wear suitable clothing and footwear

 Wear footwear with a treaded sole and ankle support

 Clothing should be warm, windproof and waterproof

 Take a hat and gloves. Even in summer high summits can still be cold

Carry food and drink

 Take food and drink. High energy food such as chocolate and dried fruit are ideal

 In cold and wet weather warm drinks are a great addition, but still carry some water. It's easy to become dehydrated.

Take the right equipment

 A map and compass are essential

 Take a whistle and learn the signal for rescue. It's six good long blasts. Stop for one minute. Then repeat

 A torch is a must in winter. Use it for signaling in the same pattern as for whistle blasts

Before you set out

 Charge your phone battery. Many accidents occur at the end of the day when you and your phone may be low on energy

 Check the weather forecast and local conditions.

 Always have a good meal before you start

On your walk

 Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to turn back if conditions turn against you

 Walk at the pace of the slowest person in your group and always keep each other within sight

 If you prefer to go alone let people know your route before you set off and notify them to ensure they know you've returned


Some symbols you may see out and about are

 Footpath waymark

 Bridleway waymark

 Byway waymark

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