Walking, Hill and Mountain Walking

Walking, Hill Walking and Mountain Walking (with the odd scramble)

These activities are fantastic ways to get exercise see the countryside and enjoy yourself, not to mention the chance of some photography

Throughout my adult life I have enjoyed being outside walking, climbing and exploring.

When I was an apprentice engineer I took part in a series of  weekend and week long courses on outdoor pursuits, learning skills needed to navigate, live and stay healthy in the wild. We even learnt basic climbing skills.  One trip was to Scotland (The Cairngorms) for 2 weeks with one week totally out in the hills walking and camping. A similar trip took place in the Lake District.  Eventually I was selected to partake in a leadership course in the Greek Mountains, unfortunately I had already committed myself to change career and a move to London.

Whilst in London I became friends with a teacher who also organised kayak training and I helped with some of his activities. We took pupils kayaking to Wales, Herefordshire and even France (The Dordogne, The Pyrennes and The Gorges Du Tarn) . As an addition we competed at slalom kayaking. The real point of this is that we always camped building on our outdoor skills.

To this day even if walking a relatively short way, around a reservoir for example I carry basic essentials. Even in the summer you can get caught by a sudden change in weather or fall and hurt yourself, accidents can and do happen.  For short walks a small rucksack with water, light jacket, first aid kit, sunscreen, tissues/wipes will do. Anything more adventurous you need a lot more and a bigger rucksack.  For example if I was to walk/climb Scafell I would take these. —

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Leggings

Gaiters

Sturdy Footwear suitable for the terrain.

Layers.

Jeans are not ideal – get denim very wet and you will be extremely uncomfortable.

Hat and gloves –

Food

Water or hot drink ( if its hot you need lots of water I use a 2 litre Camel pack)

Survival blanket or bivvi bag.

Torch – even if you think you will back down in daylight.

Map –  do not rely on your mobile phone. There a many places you will not get a signal. You also need to be able to ‘read’ a map and ideally use a compass.

Compass

First Aid kit

Multipurpose knife

Small fabric repair kit.

You will realize that this will weigh a lot and therefore making walking more difficult. So you have walked a long way on the flat with no large rucksack and coped well. Walk uphill with a heavy rucksack and the difference is enormous.

Walking Experience

  • Coastal paths Devon,
  • Coastal paths Cornwall
  • Coastal paths Norfolk and
  • Coastal paths Sussex.
  • Derbyshire – Lots of walks through, up and down the many dales.
  • Cumbria – Scafell and surrounding peaks, Helvellyn and surrounding peaks,
  • Snowdonia – Snowdon and surrounding peaks.
  • Norfolk coastal and beach walks
  • Northamptonshire – many paths reservoir and waterside walks.
  • Scotland – Cairngorms, Isle of Mull.
  • London – Walk all day in London and you will cover over 15 kilometres easily. You still need to carry basics with you.
The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

Who needs to go to Cumbria, Wales or Scotland to climb mountains? You can do it on the south coast. I read about this walk in a walking magazine. So over the summer holidays 2011, decided to do it.
Helvelyn

Helvelyn

Ahead now is Striding Edge it is clearly visible. Follow the path towards it. Below to the right of you is Red Tarn and opposite is Catstye Cam. 
Scafell Pike 2011

Scafell Pike 2011

SCAFELL PIKE -  APRIL 2011   This walk began at Wasdale Head car park (NY18720 08502) elevation 79 m. There is a shop, toilet facilities and a hotel and pub here so everything you could want. The drive to Wasdale Head along Wast Water is spectacular. I did it at...

Snowdon

Snowdon

In effect you are starting at almost sea level and the walk is 6 km.  After crossing the road you enter straight in a wooded area. The walk is pleasant and rising gently. If you turn and look back there are very pleasant views of the surrounding area.

 

 Useful Information

http://www.allcampgrounds.com/articles/tips/10-rules-for-hiking-safety.html

Countryside Code from Gov website

Respect other people:

consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors

leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment:

leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home

keep dogs under effective control

 

Enjoy the outdoors:

plan ahead and be prepared

follow advice and local signs