Walking in all seasons

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The British climate is notoriously changeable, but don’t let this put you off walking. You can walk in all weather so long as you’re well prepared. Here are some tips to ensure you can get your walking fix whatever the weather!

Summer

  • Make sure you apply sun cream (minimum of Sun Protection Factor 15).
  • Take plenty of water with you and sip regularly to avoid getting dehydrated.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing so you don’t overheat.
  • Wear a hat, even on overcast days to keep the sun off your face and head.
  • Keep out of the sun when it’s at its hottest.
  • Remember the weather can change, so take a waterproof jacket, just in case.
  • If you’re walking in the hills, it can sometimes be much colder higher up than lower down, so pack an extra layer.

Autumn

  • Temperatures are often changeable so wear several layers that you can take on or off as required.
  • You might need a hat and gloves on colder autumn days, particularly in the hills.
  • Remember, the days are shorter, so if you’re walking in the evening, plan your walk carefully and take a torch.

Winter

  • Don’t spend winter indoors – you’ll feel a lot better if you make the best of the short days by spending time outdoors as much as possible.
  • Plan your walks carefully to take account of the early sunsets. Take a torch, or stick to well-lit paths in the evenings.
  • Wrap up warm with plenty of layers to keep out the cold.
  • Don’t walk in high and remote country unless you’re properly equipped and experienced.

Spring

  • Remember it can still be chilly even if the sun is out, so take plenty of layers to make sure you don’t get caught out.
  • Make sure you take your waterproof to beat those April showers.

All year round

If you’re likely to be outdoors for a long time, particularly in exposed conditions, wear sun cream whatever the weather. Even on overcast days, potentially harmful rays can get through the cloud cover.

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