Recommended Walking Equipment
Regardless of how far you're walking, taking the correct equipment is
vital. Especially if the weather is poor, or you're heading into the
countryside or North York Moors. Below we've given a few suggestions -
recommendations for things you should take. Use your common sense and
experience to gauge what is necessary.
If you're going to be out walking for any length of time, a decent
bag is a great investment. You'll find you use it more than you think.
It's useful to have somewhere to stash drinks, snacks and extra layers.
It'll help keep your hands free which, depending on the terrain you're
navigating, might be very useful!
Boots & Socks
Walking boots and good socks are also a must-have. Make sure they fit
well and are designed to meet the rigours of your route. Often, cheaper
boots and socks won't withstand more difficult terrain. They can
quickly become uncomfortable. Buying a good pair of boots is an
investment you won't regret. There are loads of styles available these
days. From traditional leather boots to those built from high-tech
synthetic materials. Get some good advice and buy the best you can
Jacket & Layers
A good walking jacket will keep you warm and dry. Look out for the
waterproof rating - the higher the better. Wind-proof is a good idea
too. Keeping the chill off when you're up on a hill is important. If you
get cold whilst you're out and about it can spell disaster. Depending
on the time of year you'll want to wear different layers. In the winter,
thermal base layers will keep you warm, look for merino wool options.
Fleeces, shirts, t-shirts and down jackets all have their place in the
keen walker's wardrobe.
Map & Compass
An Ordnance Survey Map for the area you're walking in is an important
tool. You don't need to be a master map reader, but a basic
understanding will get you out of a sticky situation. Learn to look out
for landmarks, keep your bearings (or find them with a compass) and
stick to your route. If you ever find yourself crossing the North York
Moors in the fog you'll be glad you did!
Hat & Gloves
In the winter, late autumn and early spring, hat and gloves are
always a good idea. If you stop walking for any length of time you'll
soon find yourself cooling down. Learning to retain heat is important.
Wearing a hat and gloves may feel like overkill whilst you're moving.
But, having them to hand when you stop for lunch can stop you getting
Even if you're just out for a short walk, keeping hydrated is
important. Get a decent bottle. There are lots of options. Some people
like an insulated one they can store a hot drink in (especially in
winter). Some like a built in straw (perhaps with a filter), others a
screw top. Find the right bottle for you - a good one will last a
If you're out for any length of time, or leaving urban areas, taking a
snack is a good idea. You might find you appreciate having something to
give you a boost part way round. If you don't feel you need to eat it
then you can always save it for next time. A piece of fruit is a good
option - or something really sweet like Jelly Babies!
It's always a good idea to take a charged phone. You might want to
turn it off and just enjoy the great outdoors. But if you get into
trouble, or find someone else who needs asstance, you'll want to be able
to call for help. You might also want to share images or video using
the #walkshire hashtag on your way around!