Cumbria has to be one of the finest counties in England for walking. Everyone has their own favourite county, of course, but ours like most country walking enthusiasts would put Cumbria high up on their list because of The Lake District National Park. If you are looking for information about this glorious gem of the English countryside a good place to start would be with the links below:

Every year in the Lakes people set off unprepared and needlessly get themselves into difficulties. Below is a checklist complied by theĀ Lake District National Park Authority as a basic starting point of things you ought to consider before setting off to enjoy the fells.

Clothing

  • Comfortable clothing/layers
  • Waterproof/windproof outer jacket
  • Boots with good sole pattern – trainers aren’t suitable as they can slip and don’t support your ankle
  • Hat and gloves
  • Spare warm clothing

When you’re resting, you may need more layers than when you’re on the move. Several thin layers give good insulation and can be adjusted for different terrain and weather conditions.

walks in the lake district
lake Windermere Shore

Not all walks need to be strenuous.

Equipment

  • Comfortable daysack
  • Food and water and a warm drink
  • Some extra energy-giving food and emergency rations
  • Large polybag or survival bag
  • Whistle and torch
  • First aid kit
  • Map and compass

Before the walk

  • Choose a walk suitable for group members which can be changed if the weather worsens. Don’t be over ambitious – allow one hour for every 2.5 miles (4km) and add one hour for every 1,500 ft (500m) of ascent, with extra time for stops for rest and food
  • Know how to use a map and compass
  • Check out the Weatherline website, (opens in new window) or call 0870 055 0575. Remember that fell top conditions can be far more severe than in the valleys.
  • Leave clear details of your intended route and estimated time of return
  • Know basic first aid and how to call for help in an emergency

And in winter

  • Winter weight boots and extra warm clothing are essential
  • Know and plan for the number of daylight hours
  • Know the length of the walk
  • If walking at high altitudes: Know how to use your ice axe and crampons
  • Avoid gullies after fresh snow

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