Here at Lakelands Walks we want your walking experience to be as fun and enjoyable as possible. However the activity of walking comes with many responsibilities. Our main priority is always safety. Here we bring you the our top tips for staying safe while walking through the Lakelands region.
1. Be prepared: Preparation is key. Please ensure you have the necessary equipment and have a detailed plan of your route, timeframe, plan in an emergency,
2. Clothing: It is vital that you take walking serious. The clothes worn must be suitable. Shoes are a very important factor so if you haven’t invested in proper walking boots then now is the time. After buying new walking boots, take the time to break them in before you go on a long walk.
3. Weather: Check the weather forecast before you set out on your walk. If the day is said to be bright, bring sun cream, hats and plenty of water. If there is rain wear waterproof clothes and bring a change of clothes. If the day is said to be wild, reconsider your walk.
4. First Aid: Make sure you when walking you have a first aid kit and someone who is trained in first aid incase of emergency.
5. The Route: Before setting off plan your route and make sure everyone who is taking part knows exactly where you are going.
6. Weigh your rucksack: It should be a third of your bodyweight at most.
7. Stay Hydrated: Avoid caffeine or drinks with high sugar content. Water is obviously the most effective way to stay hydrated.
8. Be Careful: When walking be extra cautious where you place your foot. There is always a risk of concealed holes, rocks, slippery ground and bogs.
9. Don’t Walk Alone: When out walking it is safer not to walk alone. Even if you set out with a group avoid straying from them. Don’t take any chances.
10. Phone: Ensure your mobile phone is fully charged in case of an emergency. However never rely solely on your mobile phone as you could loose signal. Let someone know what time you expect to return.
11. Time: When out walking take your time. Don’t rush or try to cover an extreme distance as you could find yourself in danger. Before leaving make sure you know what time.
12. In an Emergency: If you get into danger or difficulty stay calm. Call 999.